I’m totally furious about this. did you know that in Canada, gay men cannot donate blood, or tissue/organs?
not even if they have taken every test for every disease under the sun. If a man in Canada has had sex with another man, once since 1977, he is not eligible to donate blood or organs. And, women who have had sex in the last 12 months with a man who has sex with another man since 1977 can’t donate either.
yes, it’s all in the intake form you have to fill out when you donate blood. Please, go and read it for yourself.
I’ve just been reading a study of issues around death and dying for LGBT people, called Passing Through by dr. Jeanette Auger. In it, her research indicates several stories of gay men who have not been permitted to donate blood or organs because they have had sex with other men, even if they have been tested for blood-borne illnesses. Nice, people. Fucking nice. So next time you see one of those stupid “It’s in you to give” Canadian Blood Services commercials, think of how many people they are turning away simply because of their sexual orientation.
Oh, and also, please note the last question. It asks if you were born in Africa, or if you’ve (male or female) had sex with anyone from Africa since 1977. I wonder what the consequences of answering yes to this question might be.