Yes its disgusting and homophobic - the wording disqualifies men who have had (even oral) sex with other men, and it also works by association too - if a woman has had sex with a man who has had sex with men it a disqualifier too. Whenever I donate, I tell each and every person I deal with that works for the blood bank that the policy is homophobic and disgusting and wrong and needs to be changed. Some agree, some disagree, some just say nothing - but they all hear, and it makes me feel like I'm possibly contributing to change.
This policy exists in both US and Canada, perhaps elsewhere.
I am *so* happy its being discussed and examined. Hells yes it needs to change.
And hey, all y'all who didn't know about this...that make me suspect you've never given blood or its been a while. Time to remedy that. It takes 10 minutes, you get cookies, and you save lives. That's the power of blood.