30.04.2020, Germany, UFA
UFA signs the Prout at Work Foundation’s “Position Paper Against Discrimination in Blood Donation”
UFA supports discrimination-free working environments and actively promotes equal opportunities for the LGBT*IQ community. Companies bear a social responsibility and fulfill it in a variety of ways. For many of them, supporting blood donations is one of these ways - because donating blood saves lives.
When it comes to donor selection, the guideline of the German Medical Association on the collection of blood and blood components and the use of blood products (the “Guideline on Haemotherapy”) are applied. Yet this document is in contradiction with the goal of providing employees with a non-discriminatory environment.
In accordance with the Guideline on Haemotherapy, groups of persons whose sexual behaviour carries a significantly increased risk of transmitting serious infectious disease via the blood are suspended from donating blood for 12 months after their last sexual encounter. This regulation applies notably to men who have sexual intercourse with men and, despite an amendment to the directives in 2017, will result in homo- and bisexual men and trans* persons being almost completely denied the possibility of donating blood.
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More about Prout at Work: Since 2006, LGBT*IQ employee communities have been actively engaged in professionalising their networking within their respective companies through mutual exchange. Through this action, they support lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, intersexual and queer people at work. Because sexual orientation and gender identity have relevance in the workplace, the networks with Prout at Work make LGBT*IQ issues visible and tangible in the workplace and thus help them become a matter of course.