Great to see a petition to change New Zealand Blood Bank policy. Thanks to the organisers Troy Mihaka, co-founder of Integrity New Zealand; and Luke Redward, queer rights advocate. Both are based in Wellington, New Zealand.
The below statement is the most telling:
“To treat heterosexual blood as “clean” while seeing homosexual blood as “dirty” is blatantly homophobic and is a clear disconnect from modern New Zealand. As wardens of our democracy, the Government should ensure that all New Zealanders are treated fairly and equitably.”
Queer men in long-term monogamous relationships should be free to donate, and not assumed to be promiscuous.