Caceres 1 Marie Caceres Professor Jan Reiman ENGL-1102 February 15, 2012 Revised Inquiry Question and Research

Proposal In the beginning of my research, I was pushed to start with one major question that I could wrap an idea around and put into a paper. I began with a pretty vague yet interesting question: Why does the United States Food and Drug Administration prohibit gay people from giving blood because of their sexual orientation? I felt no one should be judged due to their sexual orientation, nonetheless when they are trying to help other people by donating blood. With much thought and time put into looking up different types of things when it came to this question, my point of view slightly changed. My revised inquiry question is made up of a few little questions that link together to become one big research question: Gay rights when it comes to donating blood. The FDA prohibits homosexual men who have had intercourse with other men from being able to donating it to blood banks, or anything of the sort. When was it proposed and made into a law? What were the intentions of the people who passed this law? Have any gay organizations, or even politicians, stood up against this law in order to change it? Are there people who strictly want to keep this law and enforce it? Or maybe the Food and Drug Administration and our government are corrupt enough to DEPRIVE gay people the right to save someone else’s life, to save money? That way they wouldn’t have to send the blood into further

Caceres 2 testing. And what about straight people that sympathize for the gays. What would they say? What led me to this question were so many different things. Starting with the first real-world impact: The Niner-Times newspaper on campus. On the twenty-third of January, after leaving the building, I noticed a pile of free newspapers. With curiosity, I felt I wanted to immerse myself in the minds of other students and see what they had to say. Then on the top right I found a question that I had never thought about: “I’m gay, why can’t I give blood?” For the generation of today, it has been installed in our brains to think of all persons, no matter color, gender, or sexual orientation, to be treated as equals. To hear of someone who simply just wanted to help in a campus blood drive, and was not able to only because he was a homosexual, astonished me. These types of ideas would have seemed to be outdated, yet still thrive in our society. When I had first come into the topic of my Inquiry question, I was pretty much clueless. The only prior knowledge I had when it came to this topic would probably have to do with the United States’ history in the turn of the century when it came to homosexuals. They could have possibly had a disoriented view of homosexuals and relate them to the nationwide spread of the AIDS virus. I want to learn about this topic, not only from one side of the spectrum, but also from all. This would include different discourse communities, organizations, reading magazine and journal articles, even to what types of public events have been made to change this. There hasn’t been much evolution from my first to my most recent proposed inquiry question, but more of a sinking into the topic and going into detail. In comparison to things that have been discussed in English class, I could say this relates more to the Galdwell article “Small Change: Why the Revolution

Caceres 3 Will Not Be Tweeted.” I feel this is a subject most citizens in this country have forgotten. They feel it was gone and erased. If more people knew, the bigger the cause would get, and it would be something that could spread through the country and change society all over. People will want to become even more active in politics and try to have equal rights for everyone. With this proposal I also have a very detailed research plan. At first I plan to branch out all my questions & search those questions. Starting with finding the history and laws behind things. This includes the history of America with prohibiting gays with anything, to when this law was made, and who exactly was on the board of the FDA of this era. Probably even researching them and learning about their intentions behind this law. With this I’ll also look up what exactly was happening in the United States during this time, how society was acting to things that were happening in those years. Then I’ll look up factual information on the AIDS virus; how it spreads, statistics behind the differences of AIDS being spread within our and the gay community, and finally, if it can be detected if someone is homosexual or not by just testing their blood. To finally finish the paper, I will research what people have done to enforce it, or take a stand against it. This includes public events, debates, and conferences. Also if any politicians have gone out of their way to change this. I plan to interview a few people to see what their view on this issue has been. From what I researched there have even been homosexual men who ask other people to donate blood, just because they cannot. I’m trying to write my inquiry research paper in the form of an article. I feel this way will be the most interesting way to get my point and ideas, as well as other people’s ideas, across in an entertaining matter. It will show pictures, have links to videos and speeches, and will have a voice to it, instead of just an ordinary report. Articles in

Caceres 4 magazines and newspapers are made by writers who begin with inquiry questions. They ask, “How can I go into depth in this subject and show my audience what I’m learning, while I’m in the process?” After having the library resource workshop with the UNC Charlotte librarian Stephanie, I feel more confident with using the library’s databases to look for my research. I will consider other databases and websites as a secondary source if my plan fails when it comes to finding information through the library. If it leads me to pulling out a book, I will check it out. Something I’d like do to at the end of my inquiry question is see if anything has been done when it comes my inquiry question in the Charlotte area. And possibly give “shout-outs” to those people and organizations, that way just in case anyone around me is interested, yet doesn’t know what to do or where exactly to go, but want to make a change, there is a link for them. Through the process of this paper, not only will I discover many different things that could lead me to one, two, or no answers, however I will also be showing others something they might have heard of once or twice, yet never really had the resources for them to dive deep into.

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