Art Installation Draws Attention to FDA Ban on Blood Donations from Gay and Bisexual Men
A new art installation opening in the city is drawing attention to a federal ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
The exhibit titled "Blood Mirror" by Jordan Eagles uses blood donated by nine gay and bisexual men.
It's encased in resin, a substance that is used to seal boats and food containers.
Eagles says he created the seven-foot tall interactive sculpture to show the blood could have been used to save lives.
The installation will be shown at Trinity Church on Wall Street from Monday through December 1, World AIDS Day.
The Food and Drug Administration instituted a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men in 1983 in response to the AIDS crisis.
This year, it proposed an updated policy that would allow donations from gay men who have been celibate for a year.