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Aaron Pace of Gary, Indiana admits that he may come off as a bit effeminate to others, but never thought that his less-than-overtly-masculine manner would cause him to be turned down in helping others.

Pace, 22, pictured above, visited Bio Blood Components, Inc. of Gary to donate blood, and was told he could not because a worker determined that Pace “appears to be a homosexual.” Despite how he might act or sound, Pace says he is a straight man, and is upset at the turn-down at a clinic that reportedly pays $40 per donation.

Since 1986, blood collection centers have turned down, for life, male blood donors who have admitted during the required intake questionnaire that they have previously slept with another man since 1977. What’s important is that deferral of a potential donor is based on a would-be donor making a public statement of such behavior, not based an employee’s “gay-dar.”

Read more at technorati.com

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