CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A first-year student at the University of Virginia is working to end what some call a discriminatory blood donation policy by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Austin Houck is one of the founders of the nonprofit ‘Homoglobin’.

The organization is committed to fighting the FDA policy that says a man who has had sex with another man must defer blood donations for 12 months afterward.

"It was mostly because I myself didn't even know it was an issue. I was scrolling through different countries policies towards the LGBTQ community and I saw the blood donor controversy and I was like 'oh, this is not good',” said Houck.

The nonprofit operates at several universities in Virginia.