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Many people ask me why non binary people may want to be on HRT, or more specifically, why I am on testosterone despite not identifying as a man. Speaking only for myself: I had extremely disordered eating habits for most of my adult life. I was paranoid of gaining weight and looking more feminine. I also had low body awareness, and I love running, so it was easy to not eat enough. I was medically underweight from age 13-25. Among many other changes, testosterone has made food taste good, it's made me hungry, and it's made me stop fearing gaining weight. A few weeks ago I realized that I couldn't see my ribs, for the first time ever. I consistently feel good and strong. My chest measurements have gone up 6 inches. I don't get lightheaded anymore. HRT can be lifesaving in many ways
Pictures are from February 2019 and November 2017. I have gained 20 pounds and finally am starting to feel healthy.
and yes, I have scoliosis :)
In 2016, there were zero ocean science PhD's awarded to African Americans. Zero. We are not talking "low percentages", we are talking literally zero percent. It is abhorrent to not be doing something to fix this, particularly since we know climate change, sea level rise, and pollution disproportionately impact low income communities and communities of color.
No one can change the entire system. But, there are some small things we can all do, in the hopes that there is never another year with zero African American PhD recipients. And particularly if you are faculty or otherwise in a position of power, be aware of your power and use it wisely.
Most of these suggestions apply to making oceanography more welcoming of anyone who is not a straight white man.