I was shocked when I discovered that gay men couldn’t donate blood unless they had been celibate for at least a year.
It made me feel I wasn’t fully accepted by our own health system, the people who care for us.
I also felt I was being prevented from doing the right thing, and giving blood to help others.
More importantly though, it became clear that by society is missing out on nearly a million potential donors.
The fact is that the science has moved on and screening blood for viruses like HIV is a much more sophisticated process than it used to be.
Fixers has helped me make a film calling for the guidelines to be changed – for the benefit of the LGBT community, and everyone else as well.
Tilly and Bella
Shak & Natasha
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.