FDA lifts decades-long ban on gay men donating blood — but only if they haven’t had sex for a year
The deferral period is still discriminatory against men who have sex with other men
But sadly for the argument discrimination isn’t a bad thing.
Just to be crude about matters if I decide that I would like to have a child it would be useful for me to discriminate about who I fuck: a fertile female, given that I’m male, would probably be a better idea that whatever is lurking behind the bushes on Hampstead Heath.
There’s other discriminations for example we don’t hire people with your melanin rating, which we might find to be objectionable.
But discrimination itself is a value neutral term. what we want to know is whether the ban on blood donation connected to sexual practices is rational discrimination or not.
No, I don’t know either, but the cry of “discrimination” isn’t a slam dunk I’m afraid.