I know that title sounds dramatic, but bear with me, because transgender lives are at stake. If you aren’t aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced changes to gender non-conformity guidelines. These guidelines remove “gender identity disorder” (GID) as a “mental disorder”. Instead, the guidelines have been moved into the sexual health portion of global health guidelines. At first glance, this seems like a good thing. There are more than a few trans* activist groups
I recently shared what my day as a PhD student is like on Twitter. From fixing error messages to eating “grown-up” lunches, I think you’ll find that the grad school life is a bit different from what you might think. I’ve collected all the tweets in a Twitter Moment. Enjoy! A Day as a PhD Student
Science is complex, but animation can make it easier to understand! There are probably few who would deny that science is complicated. But that doesn’t mean it has to be impossible to understand. Scientists are busy at work every day trying to answer hard questions about how the world works, why disease happens, and how to improve our lives. It’s a daunting task. Imagine it, a job where you NEVER know the right answer and
It’s been a while since I posted but not because things have been slow. I’ve been hard at work on several new projects. I hope you’ll be as excited as I am to see all the changes. Science Communication work I was recently offered a part-time job doing science communication with the University of Arizona Cancer Center. I’ve been writing articles, organizing and shooting video interviews, and creating graphics. All of this is exciting. I
What is a pipeline? In high school, I decided I would become an artist. I was pushed to go to college by family and school. And because I didn’t know how to do it any other way, I did what I was told. I went to a school that was close by with a good name (at least I thought so at the time). It was private (AKA very expensive). I had several scholarships which
I was born female and identified as female until my early 20s. I transitioned to full-time male fairly quickly, and even moved to be able to stay undetected. This gives me a somewhat interesting position to evaluate the sexual harassment problem that is recently being addressed (though it’s been around forever). But first, a disclaimer. All opinions here are my own, and don’t represent those of all transpeople, transmen, men, female-born, or humans in general.
A quick jump to the past If there’s one thing I have, it’s perseverance. I often feel like I’ve done a lot for someone my age. I’m the type of person who doesn’t often stay in one place. I’ve been pushed and pushed myself out of my comfort zone. And I’ve made a lot of bad choices to move and push when it would have been easier and perhaps more beneficial to just stay where