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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ALAN CUMMING CALLS ON GAY ME TO REMAIN CELIBATE TO SAVE LIVES

Out actor Alan Cumming stars in a hilarious PSA mocking an FDA policy prohibiting sexually active gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

A coalition of groups, including GLAAD and Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), are behind the #CelibacyChallenge campaign, which calls on the FDA to implement a blood donation system that screens all donors based on risk for HIV transmission, regardless of sexual orientation.

The FDA currently prohibits men who have sex with men from donating blood unless they have been celibate for one year.

Cumming presents himself as head of the Department of Sexual Abstinence in the nearly 2-minute video, where he challenges gay and bisexual men to remain celibate for a year to save lives.

“Introducing the Celibacy Challenge,” Cumming's character boldly declares. “So, let's get to it. Let's start saving some lives.”

Among the “authorized” activities that will make the year “fly by” are pottery making, carpentry and housecleaning – all of which are illustrated to great comedic effect with sexual references.

“Or there's another option,” the official says. “Sign our petition, then share this video to pressure the FDA to change its questionnaire so donors are screened based on their exposure to risk and not their sexual orientation.”

Click here to sign the petition.



SOURCE: ON TOP MAG






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