Canadian Gay Man Presses for Right to Donate Blood
March 12, 2002
A gay man who was banned for life from donating blood because he lied about his sexual orientation said Monday he plans to take his case to court. Joel Pinon said he is frustrated the Quebec Human Rights Commission recently dismissed his complaint against Hema-Quebec on the grounds that donating blood is not a right. Pinon will now try be heard in Quebec's Superior Court. "The real problem in the blood business is due to sexual practice, not sexual orientation," Pinon said. Pinon acknowledged the need to ask donors questions to reduce the risk of HIV transmission, but he argues the agency's approach is "tyrannical, homophobic, outdated and discriminatory."
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