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Blood drive prizes?

Got this email from work this morning...

For those who need a reward for giving:
CAROLINA BLOOD DRIVE June 5, 2007 from 7am - 6pm at the Smith Center

*ALL* donors who present to donate blood on June 5 at the Dean E. Smith Center will enter a drawing to win one of two $750 Gas Cards (flyer attached)!! In addition, each donor will be receive a 19th annual Carolina Blood Drive T-shirt and will be able to enjoy food from over 50 vendors in Chapel Hill and the surrounding area! First Time Donors prizes will also be available. So we encourage first-timers! We will have double red cell donations again this year for those of you who are interested. For more information on the Drive - visit our website http://www.unc.edu/blood/

Of course, as many of you know, sexually active gay men can't give blood (like me). I understand they are trying to promote blood donations and it's needed. However, it still pisses me off there is a prize awarded to people who can give blood and the rest of us are nothing. I was tempted to reply and ask if I could still register for the drawing as I can't donate..., but screw it.

It's bad enough I have to be reminded about the blood drives, but with prizes involved that just pissed me off more.


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May. 9th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
I don't even think you have to be sexually active. I think the question is worded that if you have EVER had sex with another man since 1977, you're forbidden to give.

May. 9th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
Right, the fact that I had sex with any man at anytime (I was only 8 in 1977) is enough to disqualify me.
May. 9th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same here. If I had sex as an infant, I'd be all set. Bleh. A pox on those who discriminate against clean men!
May. 9th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
If sexual orientation is a protected class at your employer, you should file a grievance that you are being discriminated against on that basis. They must either not give out any prizes or allow those who cannot donate (because they're in any of the Thou Shalt Not Give Blood classes which are also themselves protected by the EOE statement) to participate in the drawing.
May. 9th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's not a protected class at UNC-CH which is still surprising. :( I can be fired just for being gay.
May. 9th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
That's craptastic. :-(

Might I suggest finding a new job out of state, then nuking the campus 'til it glows?
May. 9th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
No surprise here that I agree with you. I get annoyed at the public-service announcements begging for blood donations. They should be kicking in any day now that weather is nice in the Northeast.

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