Truth is, I’m rather moody myself. Even world-famous brain surgeons have needs. And with a hottie like Katie on the other side – — Reid (to Henry), February 1, 2010

Secretary of Health and Human services asked to respond to “inherent unfairness and inconsistency” in prohibition against blood and organ donations by gay men

Hi everyone. I saw this headline in my inbox today and had to break my radio silence to update given how core this issue was to Luke and Reid’s story.

There is a headline in today’s DiversityInc.com noting:

More than 60 politicians and LGBT advocates are fighting to revise a very dated federal regulation that disqualifies gay men from donating organs and blood simply because of their orientation….

Currently, gay men face severe restrictions when it comes to donating organs, tissue or blood.

They are allowed to donate certain organs after HIV testing, but the transplant program is notified that the organ comes from a deceased man who had sex with other men in the past year.

They are allowed to donate tissue only if they have not had sex with other men for five years.

They are never allowed to donate blood.

In contrast, a straight man who admits to having sex with a prostitute or knowingly had sex with an HIV-positive woman only has to wait one year before being allowed to donate blood….

This policy was first put in place in the 1980s, at the height of the AIDS crisis. More than 30 years later, huge strides have been made in science and medicine, and it is common knowledge that anyone who has unprotected sex is at risk, not just gay men.”

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FanFic Update | Simple Gifts Chapter 32 Follow the Wind and Chapter 33 Don’t Make Me Poison You

Sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with either updates or my fic lately, but I’ve finally got a little “me time” so I’m trying to get the rest of my ideas incorporated and published.

It looks like I didn’t do a post when I posted chapter 32 last spring, so here is the link:

Chapter 32: Follow the Wind

And here’s the new chapter:

Chapter 33: Don’t Make Me Poison You

I’m hoping people are still reading LuRe fics as I found dozens of mostly-written chapters in my notes that just haven’t come to the right spot in the timeline. This is, unfortunately, a bit of a transitional chapter, but Luke is heading home in about 2, so things should get more interesting.

Enjoy! Feedback appreciated as always! Hope everyone is doing well!

-LL

Transcript | 9 June 2010

Bob asks Luke to babysit Reid and bring Noah to meet Mona Cross from Invicta, a potential investor in Memorial Hospital. Reid babbles, Luke rolls his eyes – it’s all very cute. Then Noah shows up, impresses Mona and slugs Reid. Luke tends to Reid and then PodBob tells Reid he needs to choose between his job and Luke.

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Transcript | 3 June 2010

Luke invites Reid to the Lilypad for a party for Gabriel. Noah happens to drop by and he and Luke are reminiscing when Reid drops by. Noah gets pissed that Reid was invited and he wasn’t, and storms off in a huff. Reid covers his jealousy by making fun of Luke and Noah, so Luke shows him the door.

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Transcript | 31 May 2010

Black Monday. The episode starts with Reid trying to get Luke alone. Noah shows up and is stunned when Richard tells him Luke is making out with the “hot doc.” After an awkward foursome at Yo’s, Luke is possessed by aliens and tells Reid he’s still in love with Noah. After Noah tells him never mind, Luke goes to Reid’s where he is also shown the door.

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