In response to recent figures showing a 40 per cent drop in blood donation levels, FreedomToDonate this week launched their nationwide campaign on securing a review into guidelines which prevent homosexual men from donating blood.
FreedomToDonate, a dedicated team of volunteers, are calling for more people to get involved and raise awareness by signing their petition, becoming supporters and sharing the video below.
Speaking about the launch of the campaign and its aims, Ethan Spibey, Founder of FreedomToDonate, said: ‘Like many of the people involved in this campaign, blood donation is a very personal topic for me. My Grandad is alive because someone donated blood and the fact I can’t do the same for someone else is for me, fundamentally wrong. I’m passionate about this campaign so I hope that people will get behind us and support our belief that those who are able to give blood safely, should be able to.’
Robbiie Young, NUS LGBT Officer (Open Place) added: ‘NUS supports a fair blood donation system which is based on an assessment of risky sexual behaviours rather than an individual’s sexual orientation.’