There’s No Such Thing As Gay Blood: #EndTheBan
At a time when Canada’s blood supply is critically low, there’s a massive untapped pool of potential donors — the estimated 369,000 MSM (men who have sex with men) who are banned from donating. There is no such thing as gay blood. Help us #EndTheBan.
How can you help?
- Donate to the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
- Sign the Change.Org Petition to #EndTheBan.
- Watch and Share the Video.
- Tweet the newly elected Canadian Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, with this suggested message:
.@janephilpott – There’s no such thing as gay blood, so why can’t gay Canadian men donate? #EndTheBan
.@janephilpott – Le sang gai, ça n’existe pas. Alors pourquoi les hommes gais ne peuvent-ils pas en donner? #EndTheBan
- Keep the momentum going using #EndTheBan.
About the ban
Canada’s ban on male donors whose sexual partners are also male, dates back to the mid 1980s — a time when AIDS was rapidly emerging as a deadly, incurable threat. The gay community was in crisis, and no HIV testing procedures for blood donations were in place yet. At the time, a sweeping ban made sense, but a lot has changed since then. Today, every donation given at Canadian Blood Services is thoroughly tested for pathogens, including HIV.
In 2013, CBS took a first step towards lifting the ban, allowing males who had been abstinent from sex with other men for a minimum of five years to donate. Although this was a step in the right direction, it only applies to a fraction of the potential donors.