Where We Are So Far 28/4/10

Here’s another quick update for all the Project Negative supporters out there! Don’t worry, we haven’t been slacking since the last-time we spoke.

The official Project Negative website is now up and running! With all the latest news updates about our cause, podcasts from our project people, a petition to sign, some rather retro looking pictures of the crew behind the cause and even a shop!

The next event Project Negative are planning is a demonstration outside the Birmingham Blood Centre on Wednesday the 5th of May between 5pm and 7pm. Don’t worry we won’t be starting any riots, our plan is to essentially be rejected! We aim to gather as many supporters as we possibly can and then fill in the blood donation forms declaring (guys: that you are gay or bi) or (girls: that you have had the naughty fun time with a bi man in the last year because, yes, that means your rejected too). We don’t mind a few white lies so even if you haven’t but you support our cause you can join in! Then when we are rewarded with our rubbish rejection cards we want to post a picture of you holding the card. Each member of the demonstration will then be given a pint of fake blood to pour into a clear dustbin so they can see just how much blood they have rejected and hopefully hang their heads in shame. That blood could be saving lives.

The Project Negative podcasts have been a massive hit! You can find them on our website or even on iTunes (yes we are getting that big people) so plug yourself in and have a listen. I’m about to do some name dropping here, are you ready for it? Alright here we go… we got the chance to chat with Labour MEP, Mr Michael Cashman who can be heard on the podcast discussing the blood ban with the Project Negative crew, along with Nick Henderson from the LGBT Network. There is also a video up on our site from the BCU Question Time, where we got the chance to hear what local candidates in the Perry Barr constituency had to say about the current blood ban blanketing Britain so check out the video.

We have also been busy spreading ourselves around some serious media bases, trying to get our cause heard and the Project Negative name known. So far things have been going great. The people behind the project are over the moon with all the support the bigger organisations have been showing our little cause, which is gradually growing! Both the Midlands Zone Magazine and Pink Paper are in full support of our organisation and have information covering the Blood Bank demonstration and more about our cause on their websites. The Green Party of England and Wales also fully endorse our campaign and give their support.

Of course we can’t forget our Project Negative facebook friends and fans! With a whopping 1,239 friends we are starting to feel popular, so thank you guys for all of your support and comments about our cause. supporter Anthony Mark wrote “I hope you’ll be taking a tally of blood types from those attending. As someone with blood type O-, I would especially like to be able to donate on the grounds that my blood could be used on any patient, not to mention the fact that it’s the only blood type I could receive in a transfusion. I wonder how much of this precious O- blood they are turning down.” Which is a great idea and we will be doing just that my friend!

We have also managed to tally up over a thousand signatures for our online petition which is fantastic! But as I’ve said before we are a greedy lot here at Project Negative and we want more, so help spread the word and stop this ban. It would be great to see some new faces at the Blood Bank demonstration on Wednesday the 5th so come along our join in!

By Kimberley Gammon