Where We Are So Far 19/05/2010

The Project Negative Crew!

The Project Negative people have been very busy this month, working hard to spread awareness of the gay and bi blood ban in Britain and doing their very best to get it lifted.

For those of you who missed the demonstration outside of the Birmingham blood donation bank of the 5th May, the day was a complete success but not without a few hiccups cropping up along the way.

Project Negatives efforts to publicise the demonstration worked a little too well, we had an article appear in the Daily Mail as well as Pink News and Midlands Zone magazine. In the end the blood bank got in contact with us and gave us a very stern talking to which we thought was quite rude because we are a peaceful bunch here and it’s our right to protest what we consider to be unjust and downright wrong.

When the Project Negative crew arrived outside of the blood bank it was very touching to see just how many supporters had turned up to join in our peaceful demonstration and I thank you all. There was also a posse of police officers ready and waiting to great us too, riding a riot van and wearing bullet proof vests might I add. I don’t know what they were expecting because im pretty sure we went it and after a brief conversation with Project Negatives boss man Adam, the police men seemed pretty happy with just… well hanging out with us. 

Project Negatives Boss-man Adam Stewart

 

Keith James, aged 50, was the officer in charge and quite possibly the most friendly police man I have ever met (not that I’ve had the chance to meet many). He understood about Project negatives cause and even though he couldn’t give his personal opinion about the ban because he was on duty at the time, he did tell me “I think this demonstration is going great, it’s obvious there are a large number of people out there who support you as a cause. Keep doing what you’re doing and make sure you always stick up for what you believe in because that how you win.” Wise words Keith, we will do our darn best!

Project Negative’s Home Girl Jade Dale interviewing Green Partys Phil Simpson

Phil Simpson, the Green Party candidate for Birmingham, Edgbaston, also turned up at the demonstration to show his support for Project Negative. He told us “I’m here to give my support to Project Negative. It’s about making sure the gay and lesbian community feel fully included in our society and can make the contribution that I know so many of them want to by giving blood.” While discussing the blood ban and the danger of HIV and Aids further, he stated “I would have thought science would have moved on, it is possible to screen for it.” We hear you loud and clear Mr Simpson (he earns the ‘Mr’ because he’s a very important political person you see).  

Michael Cashman Interview

The Project Negative crew are also happy to announce the launch of our very first radio documentary! The story follows three men who are refused the donation of their healthy blood which could be used to save the life of another. They each give an account of their own experiences upon learning about the blood ban and their blood donation refusals. The guys openly express their personal opinions and thoughts for the listeners and don’t hold anything back. To have a listen to their stories go to the Project Negative website.

Also a big up to all Project Negatives Facebook pals, all 1,449 of you! Thanks for your support guys it means a lot. Lucy Hanouille also wrote on the Project Negative wall commenting “Twenty years – and there are still too many people who believe AIDS is a gay disease. It is ridiculous. AIDS is a virus that does not discriminate.” Wayne Clinton also wrote on our group’s wall saying “I think this is a great cause” and added “I think there is a great chance they can get bad blood from heterosexual people so why are homosexual being penalized, not fair in this day and age… There is a HIV test that can check within 5 mins so this could be used if that is what the issues are.” We hear you Lucy and Wayne, it’s not fair but with your help we can fight this and hopefully one day make it right.

So keep spreading awareness of the gay and bi blood donation ban currently blanketing Britain and we will be doing the same here at the Project Negative! If you want to join the 338 people who have already signed the Project Negative anti-blood ban petition please do so at ipetions. Keep your eyes open for the new Project Negative posters which will be soon appearing in and around the Midlands. For any more information about our cause check out the snazzy Project Negative website.

By Kimberley Gammon