My final post of thirty days of pride! A bit belated, because I got distracted by the Australian election, but here nonetheless.
23: Share a picture of your family or friends.
24: Share your greatest achievement.
My greatest achievement would probably be getting into the Ph.D. programme at the University of Queensland. I think I’ll elaborate on this when (if!) I graduate!
25: Take a selfie! You’re beautiful.
26: Who in the queer community (past or present) inspires you?
Julia Serano: her manifesto Whipping Girl had a huge impact on me when I was first exploring queer literature.
Florence Nightingale: a lesbian superhero who saved a huge number of lives; what is there not to love?
27: Treat yourself today, and share a picture of it.
I was actually flying back from a conference in the USA this day, so here’s my delayed treat!
28: How are YOU going to change the world?
I’m a scientist who is currently studying quantum mechanical effects in biological systems. I’m hoping to use my research to help create more efficient organic solar cells, organic LEDs, and higher-yield crops.
The future is in renewable energy and I want to help us towards that future.
29: What do you love most about yourself?
To be honest, this one took the longest time to think of an answer to, but I think I would have to say kindness. I love that other people see me as kind, and I love being able to help them.
30: Why are you proud to be queer?
Because I’m part of a community of people who want to make the world better; that want to help the poor and disenfranchised; that respects consent in a way that just doesn’t exist in the monocishet community.
I’m proud because I can be myself, a poly lesbian who’s an active intersectional feminist, and have that identity be respected and even encouraged.
My queerness is tied with my sense of community, with my relationships, and my people: they are something to be proud of.