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The Blood Essay

Lying as survival for gay blood donations

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…



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Harrison Cook

Writings published in Slate, Atlas Obscura, Phoebe Journal, and onstage | Deputy Editor at Guesthouse |