Transgender calls blood donation denial 'disgusting'

The Canadian blood Services building. Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency

The Canadian blood Services building. Stuart Dryden/QMI Agency

Ada Slivinski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

VANCOUVER -- A local woman learned that the Canadian Blood Services slogan — “It’s in you to give” — isn’t always true after a clinic would not let her donate blood because she is transgender.

Clayre Sessoms said she gives blood regularly — even since disclosing her transgender status.

During her latest attempt on Wednesday, she said that she was turned away because staff at a downtown Vancouver clinic — where she’s donated before — said they don’t have a policy regarding transgender people.

“There’s just like the process and forms that we have to go through just because it’s not in our criteria,” said a staff member Sessoms identified as “Jennifer” in an audio recording posted to her blog.

Sessoms said she was happy to answer any pertinent medical questions, but didn’t understand why staff asked her whether or not she had the surgery to complete her transition.


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