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Today I participated in the National Gay Blood Drive, a campaign to spread awareness of the FDA ban on gay and bisexual men (or, more specifically, any man who has had sex with another man, AND women who have had sex with men who have had sex with men). This ban started in the 1970s in response to the AIDS crisis, but we’ve come a long way since then in understanding HIV and AIDS and the science is clear that this ban is not necessary and is very discriminatory. To learn more, check out this article in TIME or visit the National Gay Blood Drive website!

What are you reading this summer? So far, I’ve read: 

The Year of Magical Thinking  by Joan Didion (You thought The Fault in Our Stars was sad, try THIS)

- Where I Was From by Joan Didion (Why didn’t we read this in history classes when I was in high school? Ms. Didion makes California history cool)

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion (Did I mention Joan Didion is AMAZING!)

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (Not as good as the show)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Now to see the movie!)

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (It was okay ;) )

Have You Seen Marie?  by Sandra Cisneros (You’re never too old for illustrated books)

- and now I’m rereading the books I’ll be teaching in the fall, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

(Source: readingperks)


On Tuesday, HollabackPHILLY launched their Anti-Street Harassment Transit Ad Campaign in conjunction with Feminist Public Works, an organization that promotes public awareness about the safety and well-being of women, as a part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week.

The campaign includes a series of ads that will be found in the interiors of subway cars, subway platforms, and bus shelters across the city.

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