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The American Res Cross has changed its donation guidelines to consider self-reported gender rather than sex at birth when determining donor eligibility. A TW in a relationship with a man can donate blood, but a gay man in a monogamous relationship can’t.

“The FDA revised guidance states, “In the context of the donor history questionnaire, FDA recommends that male or female gender be taken to be self-identified and self-reported.” This change allows blood donors to register with the gender in which they identify...”
“... The Red Cross will no longer ask donors to answer both male and female questions when attempting to donate. There is no deferral associated with being transgender, and eligibility will be based upon the criteria associated with the gender the donor has reported.”
“Men who have sex with men (MSM)
The FDA guidance:... “Defer for 12 months from the most recent sexual contact, a man who has had sex with another man during the past 12 months.” All U.S. blood collection organizations must follow this federal requirement.”
[FAQ] Q: “I am in an MSM [men having sex with men] monogamous relationship, can I donate blood?”
A: No. The FDA revised guidance states, “Defer for 12 months from the most recent sexual contact, a man who has had sex with another man during the past 12 months.”...
...All U.S. blood collection organizations must follow this federal requirement.”
“Q: I am a trans woman, and I have not been eligible to donate because my assigned sex at birth was male, and I had sex with a man. Can I donate blood?

A: Individuals who identify as female and have sex with a man, may be eligible to donate blood, if all other blood donation —
—eligibility criteria are applicable.”
A trans “woman” with multiple male partners is eligible to donate blood. A monogamous gay man is not.

Tell me again that this movement isn’t steeped in homophobia.
“A 2019 systematic review and meta-analysis found that an estimated 14% of transgender women have HIV.”

That is 158 x the infection rate of women in the US overall, approx. 0.0012%.

A male who identifies as a man has to wait 12 months after his last sexual contact with another man to donate blood.

A male who identifies as a woman and has sex with a man has no waiting period at all.

A TW with multiple male partners is eligible with no waiting period.
There are no rational limits to the application of trans ideology. Even my right to appropriate blood-product screening is less important than the smallest act of “misgendering.”

This movement cares about no one but themselves. Your life is worth less than their self-esteem.
Gay men have been turned away for blood donation for ages, but this hasn’t been a policy priority for the LGBT rights movement because there is a rational basis for it, and gay men don’t need to donate blood in order to live with dignity and freedom.
Welcome to the age where any reasonable policy or human right is immediately erased if it might make a transgender person feel insecure.

We’re willing to relax screening requirements of blood products because the trans lobby finds the process invalidating. Unreal.
I’m truly astonished. I know the FDA is shady af, but this is basic common sense. It’s math! That 14% prevalence doesn’t even distinguish between TW who have sex with women vs. men. If you only account for male-attracted TW, the infection rate is much higher.
About 19% of gay and bisexual men are estimated to have HIV or AIDS. TW who have sex with men almost certainly have a higher rate of infection. Of course, we don’t know that number because it’s “discriminatory” to disaggregate the data that way. Jesus.
And new studies are emerging that blood products should be sex-matched to recipients. Women are NOT just men with tits and a wig.

They can’t even DISTINGUISH between male and female blood under current labeling practices. Why label it at all??

The 12-month waiting period after higher-risk activities (men having sex with men, piercings, tattoos, etc.) is there to give any virus present in the person time to become detectable in the tests performed prior to giving those blood products to a patient.
Those tests aren’t perfect. It can take six months after exposure for HIV antibodies to become detectable. That doesn’t mean the virus isn’t present in the blood. Under these rules, a TW can have unprotected sex with a man one week, and donate blood the next.
And let’s also mention the fact that lower-risk trans “men” who have sex with men will be screened OUT of eligibility. With a growing population of ftm transitioners, this is a concern worth discussing.

The criteria for donation are being rendered meaningless.
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