Jack Biamonte
Jack Biamonte denies medical science, calling it “general bias,” and a “trigger” for trans people. Medical research finds that blood transfusions from ever-pregnant women to men lead to an increased risk of death for men. (Credit: Travis McEwan/CBC)

Jack Biamonte, a woman who identifies as a man, announced that the blood donor screening process makes her “uncomfortable.” To have staff interview transgender-identified individuals based on their biological sex before the medical procedure will “really upset” and “trigger” them, she argued.

Ms. Biamonte has donated blood to Canadian Blood Services on several occasions, including five times over the past year. Staff at Canadian Blood Services assumed Ms. Biamonte was a man due to her physique and facial hair growth, which were induced by the cross-sex hormones Ms. Biamonte consumes as part of a regimen to transcend biological sex and transition into gender identity.

During the latest visit, Ms. Biamonte notified the staff of her recent hysterectomy surgery. Realizing Ms. Biamonte was not a man, the staff informed her that they were required to conduct the interview based on her biological sex. Questions such as, “Have you had a pregnancy over the past six months?” made the young woman “uncomfortable,” as they “reinforced, ‘You were born female; we have to consider you female’,” Ms. Biamonte complained in an interview with the Scottish Sun.

Medical science research has found that when men receive blood transfusions from female donors who have ever been pregnant, such male blood transfer recipients have an increased rate of death. Dr. Rutger Middleburg attests in the Journal of the American Medical Association:

Male recipients who received a transfusion from an ever-pregnant female donor had a statistically significant increase in mortality compared with those who received a transfusion from a male donor or from a female donor without a history of pregnancy.

Ms. Biamonte dismisses this medical science research as “general bias.” “There needs to be more medically pertinent questions that are based on actual fact,” she claimed.

Ms. Biamonte declared that she intends to continue putting pressure on Canadian Blood Services until they change their policy and begin overlooking biological sex in blood donor screening interviews. For now, Ms. Biamonte is reluctant to donate blood, aware that her sense of gender identity will be invalidated prior to every donation.

 

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Transgender man upset by blood agency’s screening policy which considers him female

Scottish Sun
A transgender man is calling for Canadian Blood Services to change its screening policy when dealing with trans donors. Jack Biamonte donated blood five times over the past year. Two weeks ago he had an embarrassing experience after he revealed his recent hysterectomy surgery to staff.

Blood transfusions from women who have been pregnant could kill men, finds new study

The Independent
Men who receive blood transfusions are more likely to die if their donor is a woman who has been pregnant, according to new research. The study, which analysed 10 years’ worth of data, found that male recipients under the age of 50 were 1.5 times more likely to die after a transfusion from a pregnant woman – which represents a six per cent increase in mortality.

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