In a recent sermon, Christian preacher Jason Graber declared that gay people were “AIDS dispensers” who should not be “able to breathe air.”
The rant began with Graber discussing how former President Trump made “a bunch of mistakes.”
“One of the big mistakes I think he made were they were having a campaign to make it so that fa**ots could donate blood,” he continued. “That’s a stupid thing to do. You’re gonna kill a lot of people by doing that. I mean we call them AIDS dispensers for a reason.”
As he said this, people in the crowd yelled in agreement.
“No fa**ot should be able to donate blood,” Graber continued, “but then again no fa**ot should be able to breathe air.”
Graber is a New Independent Fundamental Baptist (New IFB) preacher at Sure Foundation Baptist Church in Spokane, Washington. He has previously called for the execution of gay people and once called for LGBTQ+-accepting teachers to be shot in the head or beheaded on live TV because, he claimed, they’re “grooming” kids for sexual abuse. The grooming claim has been repeated by mainstream Republican politicians as a reason to ban LGBTQ+ content from public schools.
This recent rant was likely in response to an announcement that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed changes that would loosen restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with other men (MSM).
For decades, LGBTQ+ activists have fought against restrictions barring men who have sex with men from donating blood, arguing that the bans stem from discrimination and stigma rather than increased risk.
The proposal would eliminate its current mandatory three-month celibacy period for MSM and women who have sex with MSM. However, it would still require people who have anal sex or take pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to abstain from doing either three months before donating.