We’ve started a petition here for the NHS transplant service to change their computer system so that it doesn’t misgender people who are transgender. We asked them to:
a) record people’s titles and genders independently of physical characteristics that might affect blood donation
b) allow gender-inclusive titles such as Mx (which are frequently used by people who are nonbinary)
We’ve now had a partial response saying that binary-gendered trans men and trans women can register in their correct gender. However we still need them to change things to include nonbinary people. We need more signatures to support this, so please do sign the petition.
Copy of letter (content note for some of the language around gender and physical characteristics)
Accessible transcript of letter: (content note for some of the language around gender and physical characteristics)
Dear Mx [name removed]
Thank you very much for getting in touch with us.
Your query has been passed on to our department for further comment. I can see that Vivian did explain that our IT system is currently unable to offer the options of non-specific gender title of Mx.
It is not a problem if a transgender person wishes to donate providing we establish the donor’s preferred gender i.e., male or female. Once we have established the preferred gender of the donor, we will treat the donor according to his/her preference. Trans men FtM donors will be treated as male donors regardless of their female characteristics and similarly we will treat trans women MtF donors as female donors regardless of their male characteristics. Again, the donor has to decide whether they will be gendered as male or female before we can proceed. It is clinically important for us to identify wheter the donor is male or female in order to ensure we only accept donations when it is safe for both donors and recipients. Our haemoglobin testing on session have different acceptance levels between male and female donors. We have a much higher cut-off level for male donors than female donors. I must apologise for the wrong information you have been given. Male donors tend to have a higher haemoglobin count compared to female donors but not necessarily the platelet count. There are various factors why this is the case and one of these are the high levels of testosterone among the male population including those on testosterone therapy i.e. trans men donors.
Hoping you will find the information useful. Please feel free to contact our helpline on 0300 123 23 23 if you need to discuss further and request to be put through to the Clinical Support Team. We are available between 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm on weekends.
With best wishes and kindest regards,
Albin Fabiana Senior Nurse Practitioner