Jul. 15th, 2009

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I filled a long sock with rice, then stuck it in the freezer. At bed time, I laid it at the base of my pillow, kinda along the top of my shoulders. It radiated coolness. I think it made enough of a difference that I was able to fall asleep despite the heat. I tried it alongside me in the bed, but that didn't seem nearly as useful as across my shoulders.

Anyone else have a good dealing with the heat tip?
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Cool awareness-building Sweedish Pride promo based on your Twitter name!


35% HeteroLobolance is 35% HeteroHow hetero are you? How hetero is Martha Stewart? Try out any Twitter name and get the real picture. Are we really the words we use? Hope to see you at Stockholm Pride!
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7/16 Follow on - today I called the local office of each of my representatives. It took three minutes to do both. :-)

--- some of us queer folks lie so we can give blood, some of us don't donate at all, in protest/compliance with the stupid no gay guys rules. Here's a hope for sanity -

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation • U.S. News

California Proposal Would Lift FDA Ban on Blood Donations From MSM

May 4, 2009

California Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D) has proposed a resolution (AJR 13) to lift an FDA ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men, Capitol Weekly reports. Ammiano said the ban "assumes if you are heterosexual that you would not have the same exposure" to HIV as MSM. He added that the ban still exists because of the slow bureaucratic process required to lift it. According to Capitol Weekly, the resolution would address MSM and not injection drug users, who are restricted from donating blood after using injection drugs one time.

The American Red Cross, the American Association for Blood Banks and America's Blood Centers have urged FDA to lift the ban, according to Capitol Weekly. The Red Cross earlier this month reported that there was a 30% shortage in donations. According to Capitol Weekly, about 5% of the U.S. population, or 15 million people, donates blood annually (Chernyavsky, Capitol Weekly, 4/30).

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