The Gay Blood Collection

Stuart Semple x Mother


In 1983, the FDA introduced a guideline that effectively banned men who have sex with men from donating blood.

A form of this ban remains in place to this day, making the US one of the only countries to continue to ban the donation of gay men’s blood.

We think that’s pretty fucked up.

So we took the FDA’s unwanted blood and did something about it.

In collaboration with artist Stuart Semple, we created a collection of inks and paints made from the blood of gay Mother employees.

Any act of protest to #unbangayblood—from paintings and graffiti, to letters to the FDA—can be amplified with the Gay Blood Collection.

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Made in collaboration with Mother