A Brazilian politician claimed patients receiving blood transfusions should be able to demand ‘heterosexual blood’.
Congressman Jair Bolsonaro said his party, the far-right Progressive Party, wants to introduce a policy which would see people be made aware if they are receiving blood from a gay donor.
Patients should also be allowed to ask to not receive the blood if it makes them uncomfortable and, instead, request blood donated by a heterosexual person, according to the controversial 60-year-old.
Bolsonaro has been accused of discriminating against homosexuals and creating misinformed fears in patients receiving blood transfusions.
According to Brazilian radio station Portal Metropole Bolsonaro claimed blood was ‘all mixed up’ and people should be allowed to choose where the blood they receive comes from.
A change in Brazil’s law, introduced in 2013, removed the blanket ban on gay men donating blood.
To be allowed to donate blood, Brazil’s gay men need to either be in a long-term relationship or have not had sex in the last year.