CBS policy about discrimination, not stats

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Blood Services upholds gay policy”
Oct. 17, 2007

To the Editor:
Canadian Blood Services (CBS) denying the blood of gay males is a major human rights issue. Times have changed since 1977 and it’s time CBS reflected this change.

The policy of prohibiting gay males from donating blood based on stereotypes is ethically wrong, and discriminates against a large portion of our population. Homophobia remains a part of society even though it seems people have become more tolerant.

This is not about statistics. It cannot be determined what percentage of people have HIV; a large number of people have it without knowing about it, male and female alike. It is impossible to say what percentage of people are homosexual or have had a homosexual experience; not everyone would admit to having had one.

The problem lies within society and peoples’ ignorance. Whether you are a homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual or anything in between, this is a nationwide problem affecting those who need a chance at life. Not only is CBS rejecting homosexuals, but also bisexuals and men who have had a sexual experience, even just one, with another man since ’77.

Let us shed ignorance. People need blood while others are willing to donate. Accept the blood and test it. Rejecting donors kills because, believe it or not, there are more homosexuals and bisexuals than you acknowledge and they are not all promiscuous or having unprotected sex. Move past negative stereotypes.

Let us come together, as students of Western, to show that we don’t allow discrimination on our diverse campus. Let’s be the catalyst for change, showing everyone this problem has to be addressed nationally.

Act now and join the group “UWO Students Fight for Gay Rights” on Facebook.
"Florian Halbedl
Film & Anatomy IV

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