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Man stopped from giving blood because he 'acted gay'

UPSET: Aaron Pace

AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN man is suing a blood bank for refusing his donation because they believed he was homosexual.

Aaron Pace, who says he is heterosexual, has accused Bio-Blood Components in Gary, Indiana, of barring him from giving blood, after a screener allegedly said he acted like he was gay.

The 22-year-old went to the medical centre to donate blood and plasma in exchange for $40.

Pace reportedly said his “effeminate voice and manner” was the reason for his alleged mistreatment by staff.

It has been reported that Pace now plans to sue the bank for sexual-orientation discrimination.

The Food and Drug Administration in the United States has a policy barring gay men and women from donating blood. The policy was created in 1983 to prevent the spread of HIV.

Pace told the Chicago Sun Times: "I was humiliated and embarrassed.”

He added: "It's not right that homeless people can give blood but homosexuals can't. And I'm not even a homosexual."

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