Before this change was introduced, trans donors may have been screened as female at one clinic but male at another. To standardize the screening process across clinics, trans donors are now screened as their sex assigned at birth unless they have had lower genital gender-affirming surgery at least 3 months before donating.

Many trans people choose not to undergo gender-affirming surgeries, and the public outcry from activists is immediate as this policy is considered transphobic.

Canadian Blood Services places restrictions on transgender donors



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