Via Joe.My.God.: Yesterday on The View, fill-ins D.L. Hughley and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts (the former much more so than the nervous latter) contributed to a discussion on the FDA's decision to maintain its ban on blood donations from any men who've had sex with other men since 1977. Hughley eventually stated agreement with the decision, stating that "political correctness" has no place in the medical world.
People are so uptight about "political correctness" this and that, but this is NOT a case of political correctness. Nobody is saying gay men should be allowed to donate blood so as not to offend them, we are saying there is NO sensible reason to keep ALL gay men (or men who've had sex with men in the past 33 years) from donating blood—tests are in place, so it should not matter who donates. Just because we are at a higher risk for HIV or hepatitis, that does not mean each of us has it. Just because a non-gay man or a gay man who hasn't had sex with a man in 30 years is at a lower risk does not mean each of them does not.
It's an argument of logic, not social conventions. If anything, the argument against letting us donate is the unscientific, biased one.
And isn't the ban literally inclusive of all types of sex? So a man who has oral sex with men is more likely to have HIV or hepatitis than ANY woman regardless of her history? Wrong—it's pure homophobia and junk science.