Adam Capriolo petition LGBTQ blood plasma gay Hema Quebec covid-19

Adam Capriolo. Photo by Emelia Hellman

PETITION: Allow gay men to donate blood and plasma in Quebec

“I have been incredibly proud of how my country has handled this situation, but this is embarrassing.”

After recovering from COVID-19, Montrealer Adam Capriolo was rejected from a plasma study by Hema Quebec because he is gay. As per the Health Canada policy, gay men are also unable to donate blood. Capriolo, who has since started a petition, describes his experience here:
Allow gay men to donate blood and plasma in Quebec, petition by Adam Capriolo

Capriolo has started a petition to challenge the outdated, discriminatory blood (and plasma) donation policies of Hema Quebec and Health Canada. At a time when plasma studies and blood donation are so crucial, discriminating against the LGBTQ community is unconscionable. See and sign the petition here.

See more about blood and plasma donation on the Hema Quebec website, here.

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