Gay Mag
Published in

Gay Mag

The Blood Essay

Lying as survival for gay blood donations

Illustration by Kyle Griggs

BBefore my blood jetted into the clear tubing, exiting at body temperature, fogging up the inside of the plastic; before the phlebotomist whipped out his iodine to sterilize my arm, before he fished for a vein, before I lied during the screening, before I knew blood as warning, weak points, and damage, before the Orlando shooting, before sleeping with him, telling Mom…

--

--

A new magazine from Roxane Gay offering some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. Our first quarterly is coming in June 2019. We value deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Harrison Cook

Writings published in Slate, Atlas Obscura, Phoebe Journal, and onstage | Deputy Editor at Guesthouse | www.instagram.com/harrimcook/