20 November 2015
Over in the USA, social media giant, Twitter, have come out in support of gay men by announcing that it will end its participation in blood drives because of the American FDA’s discriminatory policy banning most MSM (men who have sex with men) from donating blood.
Twitter’s decision came after one of its gay employees was turned away from a blood drive happening at Twitter’s corporate office.
The International Business Times reports:
“These are the only policies that the FDA has based on a person’s identification and not any type of risky behavior that they’re engaged in,” said Jim Halloran, Twitter’s Associate Manager of Sales Operations and President of TwitterOpen, Twitter’s LGBT employee resource group. “Twitter took a very bold stance.”
Twitter decided to take a stand against this policy after a gay employee was turned away from a blood drive being held at its headquarters. That employee filed a complaint with human resources and Twitter decided to no longer host blood drives onsite after April 2015, the company told the International Business Times on Wednesday.
“We made the choice to take a company stand against some of our employees being turned away from donating blood and will channel our efforts into education about this issue until this unnecessary and discriminatory policy is changed,” said Brian “Skip” Schipper, Twitter’s Vice President of Human Resources and the Executive Sponsor of TwitterOpen.