Govt. Refuses To Budge

Canadian Students Protest Gay Blood Ban

Canadian students are crying “bloody murder” over their government’s tenacious ban on gay blood donations. The blood agency’s questionnaire screens out any man who has had sex with another man at least once since 1977.

The national student group decided to press the issue in 2006 and the cause has been taken up by universities across the country, most notably at University of Toronto and McGill University, said activist Andrew Brett.

Brett, advocacy and outreach coordinator for the student union at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, said posters against the policy began popping up in December and students will be deciding on the shape of their campaign against the policy in the coming weeks.

“Maintaining this policy is based on a misunderstanding and it’s promoting stereotypes,” said Brett.

Despite the fact that other nations have adopted more lenient policies, the Canadian Blood Services refuses to let go of their discriminatory blood banking.