BuzzFeed reports on the disturbing message given to a gay man with cancer—hew as told fertility treatments are only for heterosexuals:
After diagnosing Eastmond with a rare bone cancer – Ewing’s sarcoma – doctors at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital told the 20-year-old student that the treatment is likely to cause infertility, and that therefore it would be wise for him to store a sample of his sperm.
But when Eastmond went to the sperm bank, the staff told him something else: If he died – and there is around a 50% likelihood of that – his partner, Adam Packer, would not be allowed to access the sample, to use with a surrogate mother. They would never be able to have children. However, if Eastmond’s partner had been a woman, he explains, she would have been able to use the sample, and give birth to his child.
This legal loophole – the “discrimination” – was like an assault, a “slap in the face” at the worst point of his life, says Eastmond. But it sparked in him a determination to uncover the legal justification for this disparity: How could it be, with a raft of equality laws in place for years, that this area could have been left behind?
Read more here. Just maddening. (Image via Dean Eastmond)