gay blood ban
Softening the ‘discriminatory’ ban hasn’t had an impact, and opposition to it is threatening the blood supply. All parties, except for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, support ending the blood ban.
“I’m a universal donor. Every time I see one of those emails that’s frantically calling for people to donate, it’s very frustrating.”
The FDA eased its restrictions on donations from men who have sex with men. But the blood banks on the ground still say they can't take their blood and plasma.
Men who have sex with men face extra scrutiny due to Health Canada policies.
Gay men in Canada can't donate blood unless they've been abstinent for at least a year. Perhaps Canadian Blood Services should rethink telling Grindr users to "put the power to give life in the palm of your hand."
Trans rights groups are pissed off about the new policy, which focuses on gender identity and surgery—not behaviour.
The Food and Drug Administration announced this morning that it will lift its ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. Well, kinda.