A Gary, Indiana man was turned away from a plasma center for appearing too gay. The man, who is admittedly effeminate, insists he isn't gay and is miffed that he's not allowed to participate. The plasma center, Bio-Blood Components Inc., pays for blood and plasma donations.
"I was humiliated and embarrassed," said Pace, 22. of Gary. "It's not right that homeless people can give blood but homosexuals can't. And I'm not even a homosexual."
...During the interview screening process, Pace said he was told he could not be a blood donor there because he "appears to be a homosexual."
When I was homeless during the early 90's in southern Indiana, I would go to these blood farms to get some quick cash. Obviously I lied on the original paperwork and said I wasn't gay, but back then I had bleached blond hair, a half dozen earrings, and plastic and metal bracelets up to my elbows. I was the epitome of the nelly little queen. No one ever asked about my sexual orientation.
I was turned away once for a pimple I had in the crook of my arm. They thought I might be a heroin addict. Three days later, sans red dot on my arm, I was allowed to donate again - smack addiction apparently cured.