A trans man from Virginia says that he was forced to identify as a female to donate blood. As it turns out, a staff member at Inova Health System facility wrote down ‘gender at birth is female’ on the man’s paperwork and embarrassed him in front of the onlookers in the busy clinic. Apparently, the employee repeatedly told the man out loud that he must be listed by his birth gender on the paperwork and underlined the phrase numerous times.
The man, who asked not to be identified, told ABC 4 Washington that he’s still working through the demoralizing experience.
He said that it sometimes doesn’t work to fight back, as they’re ‘too big or too powerful’ and in this case, it happened. The man said that he was tired and revealed that he stayed and donated blood even after the disturbing incident. He added that he was very angry and kept thinking about the next trans person walking in there, and that they don’t deserve that.
” I know if it was me three years ago, this would be a different story. I’m strong enough now to do this.” – he added.
During an appointment to donate blood, a transgender man was told by a front desk staffer that “gender at birth is female” despite asking to not be identified. https://t.co/hYhM8aQlgP
— NBC10 Boston (@NBC10Boston) October 9, 2020
The policy director with the Whitman Walker Institute pointed out that ‘section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act’ protects people from this kind of treatment when they receive medical care.
Inova Health System has since released a statement in which they expressed regret for the behavior of its staff.
“We deeply regret that one of our valued blood donors had a negative experience at one of our centers. It is always our intention to respect the privacy of each of our donors, and we believe they deserve a comfortable, respectful, and positive experience. We welcome and value the diverse community of donors whose generosity helps to keep our shelves stocked with much-needed, life-saving blood. We hold our team members to the highest standards and will use this as an opportunity to better train our team members and improve our processes.” – the statement reads.