Coming Out Day 2020

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 weekend (Sunday October 11th) was National Coming Out Day in the U.S..  

For LGBTQ folks that are out of the closet, Coming Out Day can be a joyous occasion.  What a relief to be out!  This weekend, my social media feed was a riot of rainbow and memes and celebratory feelings.  But for many of us, the path through to this point was through rejection, heartache, and disappointment.  Those risks, of course, are what prevent many people from coming out at all.  

Matters are even more complicated in the work setting, where people earlier in their career fear there may be repercussions or perception issues that affect their career progression.  And, sadly, no matter what we do to make our company a welcoming place, these challenges are not unique to ZS. 

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What I’m Reading – Oct 2020

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’ve been reading way more than I’ve been sharing these days.  A lot of it has to do with how busy my teams are at the moment, and the backdrop of Covid-19, of course.  Back to school has brought new challenges – both my boys have ADHD so I find myself acting as administrative assistant and homework tracker in addition to my regular mom duties.  But, I’ve always been a voracious reader and this Fall is no exception!  So here are some articles I thought would be worth sharing.  Some educational, some light-hearted … hopefully something for everyone.  

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What I’m Reading – Aug 2020

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.

If you haven’t already, have a look at our Pride@ZS page on the refreshed ZS.com.  It’s still a work in progress – we’ll be adding more content, better tagging, etc.  But still it’s looking good – and a great way to share what we’re doing with clients who may be interested in our Inclusion & Diversity efforts.

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Chelation Chronicles – 1H 2020

This blog post is focused on my chronic health issues, specifically, learning to detox heavy metals using the Andy Cutler Chelation (ACC) protocol.  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 as I undertake detox from mercury, lead, and silver poisoning; 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.

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5 Years of LGBTQ Marriage

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ persons have the right to marry. 

There was a really nice article published this week entitled Dignity and Respect for All that was written by Shannon Minter, an attorney who has played a pivotal role the fight for marriage equality.  He shares some of the legal history and pivotal moments that led to that incredible outcome in 2015.

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