Thanks to an outdated FDA rule, men who have sex with men can’t donate blood. To raise attention to the issue, activists created the Gay Blood Collection pens, inks, paints, and markers in a deep red and containing droplets of real blood. Leaders in the movement—which uses slogans such as “blood is blood”—point out that if gay and bisexual men were allowed to be donors, an additional 600,000 pints of blood could enter the supply during this time of shortage.

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