An art exhibit featuring the blood of gay men will soon be displayed at American University. The private university in Washington, D.C. will debut an exhibition titled “Blood Mirror” by New York City-based artist Jordan Eagles beginning in September. According to the university, one piece of artwork included in the exhibition is a “powerful sculpture created from the blood of 9 gay men.”  The American University Museum told CNSNews.com that Eagles was not paid for the sculpture, and that government monies are not funding the upcoming exhibit.  Blood Mirror stands over seven feet tall, and as writer Justin Jones describes it, “the massive Plexiglas sculpture glows a deep and vibrant red. The boxy monument is large enough to step inside. As you stand before it, the bold color illuminates your reflection in the polished casing.”  The liberal idiots from Slate called this piece of shit “beautiful.”  One of those dumbos even wrote that when he saw photographs of the sculpture he was “absolutely floored.” He describe the piece as “an ethereal work of art, a striking, immersive, disturbing, and oddly gorgeous sculpture. It would be breathtaking even absent any political dimension. Its critical overtones only make the work more powerful.”  Eagles, who is obviously gay, developed the installation as a way of sending a message to the Food and Drug Administration regarding its current policy prohibiting men who engage in sexual activity with other men from donating blood.  Eagles’s work also highlights the struggles that the transgender community faces when choosing to donate blood. “We are in a time where gender identity is something that has to be accepted,” he said. “And as long as the screening process involves gender it’s flawed and eliminating people.” 
What those idiot don’t understand is that the FDA’s policy banning blood donations from sexually active gay men was established at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1983 “and is not based on any judgment concerning the donor’s sexual orientation,” the FDA states. The NHS doesn’t ban gays because it’s homophobic. It bans them because gay blood is so much more likely to have diseases, and it costs a fortune to do all the screening just to discover that yet another proud Mary is riddled with pathogens.  So, men who have had sex with men are prevented from donating blood because of their increased risk of HIV, Hepatitis B, and other infections which can be transmitted through blood transfusion, the agency explains. “Current scientific data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that, as a group, men who have sex with other men are at a higher risk for transmitting infectious diseases or HIV than are individuals in other risk categories.”  “In 2010, male-to-male sexual contact accounted for 63% of newly diagnosed HIV infections among adults, and 78% of newly diagnosed HIV infections in men, indicating that male-to-male sexual contact remains associated with high risk of HIV exposure,” the FDA noted.  In July, the FDA is slated to partially lift the ban to allowing for blood donations from men who have abstained from sexual activity for the 12 months prior. While a step in the right direction, Eagles says (without any logical argumentation) the FDA should lift the ban entirely. He describes his artwork as statement on the number lives that would have been saved had homosexuals always been able to give blood. “This discriminatory policy is part of our gay history and part of our nation’s history, and the sculpture asks us to reflect on discrimination in our country, as well as the homophobia that exists around the world,” Eagles told the Huffington Post, adding that “the sculpture is a work in progress [and] will never be finished until the FDA’s blood donation policy is fair for all people.” 
According to Huffington Post, the nine men whose blood is featured in the exhibition range from a Nigerian gay rights activist and an identical gay twin to a transgender male couple and openly gay 88-year-old priest. “Each man is currently ineligible to donate blood under the FDA’s current policy—but since they cannot donate their blood to save lives, they’ve chosen to donate their blood for art,” stated a press release sent to Huffington Post.  Other donors include Dr. Lawrence Mass, co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Kelsey Louie, the GMHC’s current CEO, Dr. Howard Grossman, the former director of the Academy of HIV Science, and Oliver Anene, an LGBT activist who took political asylum in the U.S. while working on HIV prevention in Africa.  American University did not respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment on whether the university paid to feature Eagles’ work. 
Last year the FDA proposed altering its full ban on blood donation from MSM individuals to one that only requires men to have not engaged in sex with other men for 12 months prior to their donation. This change is slated to go into effect in July 2015, but still angers many who say that the entire ban should be lifted. Activist and filmmaker Leo Herrera, who would like to turn US blood banks into a biohazard, documented the story behind “Blood Mirror” in conjunction with World Blood Donor Day on June 14. “I wanted to create a sculpture that would become a time capsule, documenting this moment in time, while showing that this blood could have been used to save lives,” Eagles said in a statement sent to The Huffington Post. “This discriminatory policy is part of our gay history and part of our nation’s history, and the sculpture asks us to reflect on discrimination in our country, as well as the homophobia that exists around the world. For me, the sculpture is a work in progress. It will never be finished until the FDA’s blood donation policy is fair for all people.”  This is just ridiculous…. almost as ludicrous as “bug chasing.” Check out “Blood Mirror” in the video above.
The conservative blog American Thinker had this to say about the exposition:
I really like the idea of this artwork but think something is still missing. I think the mirror needs a knife or blade, coated with homosexual blood, that should slash out at random intervals, giving small cuts to people looking at the artwork. In that way bystanders can become part of the art project. Do you think that would upset supporters, even knowing how safe the blood is? Exit questions:
1) Don’t you think American Univeristy should be celebrated for this exhibit? If they could get a lot more donors, do you think it would be a positive measure of solidarity for them to paint the inside and outsides of their dormitories and classrooms with gay blood as well?
2) If there were gay vampires, do you think they would enjoy this exhibit?
3) Do you think it is a coincidence that MSM stands for both mainstream media and men who have sex with men?
Blood Mirror will be on view at the American University Museum at The Katzen Arts Center in Washington D.C. from September 12 to October 18.