Representation matters

Over the past few years, I’ve shared and celebrated some Pride-focused ads here. It may seem obvious to some, but when I came out 35 years ago, I never saw relationships like mine the way we see them now in advertising, television, film, and books. It continues to be a thrill for me to see same-sex couples in media! I remember watching television with my family one night, and there was a commercial for life insurance that included two men. When I verbalized my excitement, both my kids looked at me with disinterest – it just didn’t even occur to them that it was a big deal.

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Chelation Chronicles – 1H 2021

This blog post is focused on my chronic health issues. The series was initially focused on learning to detox heavy metals using the Andy Cutler Chelation (ACC) protocol, which I have been using to detox from mercury, lead, and silver poisoning. You can read about how I found ACC and chose to pursue it in this post. This is the fifth such Chelation Chronicles post, where I am regularly documenting the ups and downs I’m experiencing. You can read the first, second, third, and fourth posts, too, if you like. There are also a couple of off-cycle posts, one about celebrating 100 rounds of chelation, and another about comparing three (annual) hair tests.

Introduction

Unfortunately, it’s been a very difficult year since last wrote about my health journey; as the world has contended with the pandemic, my health has deteriorated even further.

In early 2020 I was feeling so hopeful about the progress I had made, but a little discouraged about the weight gain from chelation. In February 2020 I started a ketogenic diet, in April I celebrated Round 100, and in May I completed my third hair test and analysis of my progress based on that. At the end of 2020, I had completed 144 round-equivalents, 51of those rounds included DMSA.

But by June 2020 (which I was writing my previous Chelation Chronicles post), my health had taken a major nose dive. I’ve spent the last year trying to make sense of what happened and how to stabilize things again. This year I have only completed nine rounds of chelation (six with DMSA). I’m not even sure I should call this post ‘chelation chronicles’; I’ve gone from being hopeful about chelation and the improvements I’ve experienced to extremely discouraged, which is perhaps why it’s been so difficult to sit down and write this post.

Part of the reason I have finally committed to site down and write is to prepare for another wave of medical appointments and lab work which I hope will help me make sense of what’s happened in the past year. Here’s a summary of what I’ve been through, and some thoughts on what might come next.

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Fairygodboss interview

Who better to lead User Experience than an anthropologist? Meet Natalie Hanson. She’s a Principal at ZS, where she provides human-centered strategy, research and design for clients. In addition to a master’s and Ph.D. in Anthropology, she also has a master’s in Whole Systems Design. She’s the sponsor of Pride@ZS, the company’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. As a result of her involvement with the group, Natalie has found a growing inspiration in her life, saying “I’m now more vocal and political and engaged than I’ve been in many years.” 

She recently talked to Fairygodboss about her many interests, how rewarding she finds reverse-mentoring, and how she feels supported by her company in all her endeavors.

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Transgender Awareness Month

This article is cross-posted from the ZS intranet (which we call ZSpace), where I write episodically about issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. It’s been lightly edited for an external audience.

This Friday (November 20th) is Transgender Day of Remembrance, part of a month of transgender awareness efforts coordinated by GLADD and other organizations.  There are lots of resources linked on the Glaad page if you want to organize an educational / awareness-raising effort.

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Another affirming commercial

This article is cross-posted from the ZS intranet (which we call ZSpace), where I write episodically about issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. It’s been lightly edited for an external audience.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  What an extraordinary (and yet completely ordinary) thing to see ourselves represented in the media.  Here is a new commercial from Nabisco & Oreo in conjunction with PFLAG.  

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