Donors who have not had lower gender affirming surgery will be asked questions based on their sex assigned at birth. The Red Cross will no longer ask donors to answer both male and female questions when attempting to donate. I am a trans woman, and I have not been eligible to donate because my assigned sex at birth was male, and I had sex with a man. Individuals with specific questions about eligibility can contact the Red Cross Donor and Client Support Center at Only an estimated 38 percent of the U.
The gender-specific donation criteria and questions on the health history questionnaire are designed to ensure that the blood collection process is as safe as possible for the donors as well as for the recipients of blood.
The Red Cross values all potential blood donors and understands that selecting either male or female may not align with how some individuals identify. More in Sponsored MyLife: Sexual activity questions are based on specific behaviors, not on sexual orientation.
Our consultations have included LGBTQ representatives as well as representatives of patient groups who receive large amounts of blood products.