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Gay activist files federal human rights complaint over blood-donation wait period

Thursday, 01 September 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"If you're going to have a one-year wait, just apply it across the board to everybody or get rid of it entirely."- James Hill, paralegal for Christopher Karas

Gay activist files federal human rights complaint over blood-donation wait period

This article by Shanifa Nasser originally appeared at cbc.ca where you can read the entire piece.

A young Toronto-area gay-rights activist has filed a federal human rights complaint challenging Canada's policy requiring gay men to observe a waiting period between having sex and donating blood — just two months after Health Canada reduced the wait from five years to one.

The complaint, filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission by Brampton resident Christopher Karas, 20, says the new policy remains discriminatory, is outdated and needs to end.

"I think it is based on fear," Karas told CBC News on Friday.

"When it comes down to the policies to secure our blood supplies, we shouldn't be thinking so much about what two people who love each other are doing, but what kind of effects these policies have."

It's an argument that's been heard before. In 2010, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that the blood ban was not discriminatory. But health lawyer Jean Claude Ménard says Karas's case is strong and that the legal analysis could be different this time around because it will be heard by a specialized human rights board.

This article by Shanifa Nasser originally appeared at cbc.ca where you can read the entire piece.

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