You probably don’t know this, but June 14th is the World Health Organization’s worldwide day for blood donation. In observance, let’s take this opportunity to photograph an unlikely subject: blood.
In the 1920s and 1930s blood typing had come into its own, but there were limited ways to store blood once it was out of the body. The best way to keep people alive was to use other people as "blood on the hoof" — volunteers ready to donate blood at a moment's notice.
Talk about problematic progress. The AP headline crowing "US Moves to End Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men" comes with a whopper of an asterisk: gay and bisexual men who wish to donate blood may do so only if they've refrained from having sex with another man for a full year prior.
So much for ending government-mandated discrimination. The FDA today eased restrictions on blood donation for gay and bisexual men—but only if they haven't had any sex in the past year. Good try, FDA, but this is still messed up.