Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Misinformed Vandals' Target Wrong Agency for Restrictions on Trans Blood Donors

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Misinformed Vandals' Target Wrong Agency for Restrictions on Trans Blood Donors

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'Misinformed vandals' target wrong agency

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HALIFAX - The Canadian Red Cross says a "misinformed vandal" went on a graffiti spree on its Nova Scotia headquarters and vehicles, protesting transgender blood-donation policies even though the charity hasn't collected blood for two decades.

The Red Cross said Monday signs around its building in Dartmouth, two trailers, two trucks, a van and a sedan were all defaced with permanent markers sometime late Friday or early Saturday.

The all-caps graffiti said the society "discriminates against trans women" and stated "all trans women are women. No surgery needed."

But the Red Cross said it hasn't collected blood since the 1990s, when Canadian Blood Services took over the job.

"We were a little puzzled because of the wording of the message," Dan Bedell, the Red Cross's regional communications director, said Monday. …

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