Why Does The Government Care About The Sex Lives Of Blood Donors?
A 21-year-old student filed a federal human rights complaint in Canada to challenge its blood deferral policy for men who have sex with men.By Cody LaGrow | October 26, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration lifted a lifetime ban on MSM blood donors in 2015 — meaning men who have sex with men can donate blood — but only if they haven't had sex with another man for 365 days. Critics of the policy would rather see the blood donors screened by risk, not based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
"Now, if you're gay and you want to save lives, the FDA will let you. You just can't have sex for an entire year. That's right," Alan Cumming explained in a 2015 GLAAD video.
Here's the thing about blood. It doesn't have a race, religion or sexual orientation. It's simply blood. A literal lifesaver. But in Canada, policies say, and we're paraphrasing here, blood can be too gay to donate. And that's what brings us to Toronto, home to Christopher Karas.