Of all the gay-related debates, blood donations remain one of the most contentious and potentially important.
The world’s blood banks claim the lavender set represent a health risk. While some gays are content to keep their cells to themselves, Australian national Michael Cain’s not taking this shit lying down: he’s filed a lawsuit against his nation’s Red Cross for discriminating against his plasma.
And, rather than simply playing the gay card, McCain’s lawyer’s using actual logic:
Mr Cain’s lawyer, Peter Tree SC, told the Tribunal that there are gay men who have a much lower risk of HIV than many heterosexuals and that the blood from these men could save lives if it was accepted.
Mr Tree also accused the Red Cross of exaggerating the HIV risk associated with gay sex to “extreme” levels.
“The Red Cross has assisted in perpetuating the stereotype that gay sex is risky and unhealthy,” he said.
Mr Tree went on to say that the Red Cross has known since 2001 that there is no medical evidence to support a ban on men engaging in a range of sexual activities with other men, including oral sex.
“This alone should compel the Tribunal to find that the Red Cross policy is unjustifiable.”
The Red Cross’ lawyers claim gay men could be more “altruistic” by realizing the risk they pose. That’s some bloody bullshit.