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The Healthqueer Advocate

The Healthqueer Advocate

By Cynthia Paredes Ellezingue
Health care professionals and LGBTQ community talk frankly about hard topics that the healthcare industry brushes over lightly. Healthcare inequality, discrimination and disparities to name a few. Lean into the uncomfortable to learn about identities, experiences and solutions unique to both worlds. Join us on this venture to expand our knowledge and compassion each week.
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Aesthetic Flat Closure

The Healthqueer Advocate

Aesthetic Flat Closure

The Healthqueer Advocate

Aesthetic Flat Closure
This week I’m joined by Melanie Testa (@flyest_flattie) they/them, non-binary, bisexual artist and quilter, as we discuss flat closure, breast cancer and expanding education on choices after mastectomy.
November 3, 2020
T1 Diabetes and Transplant Recipient
Join me this week as I discuss with Tara Layman (@taradlayman) she/her, white, lesbian/queer woman, freelance photographer her type 1 diabetes and life after simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant.
October 27, 2020
Occupational Rainbow
Join me this week with Dev, he/they (@rainbowOT) white, non-binary, gay person as we discuss the role of occupational therapy in wellness and how to expand LGBTQIA inclusion in healthcare.
October 20, 2020
Getting Physical
This week I am joined by Madison Kirkpatrick (lgbtqphysicaltherapists), she/her/hers is a white, self identifying pansexual and asexual, student physical therapist pursuing her doctorate, as we discuss physical therapy, inclusivity, and accessibility within that interdisciplinary realm.
October 9, 2020
Identity Dentistry
This week I am joined by Dan Walker, (@premierdentalqueer) they/them are a queer, non-binary, Filipinx-American, 4th year dental student and co-founder of Identity DDS.
October 2, 2020
Glamputee and Disability
This week I’m joined by Alex Locust, he/him, a queer, multiracial man that is a community organizer and advocate for disability justice as well as diversity and inclusion work at SF AIDS Foundation.
September 25, 2020
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accomplice
This week I am joined by Erik James Escareño (@sirmrwombat) a Doctoral social work candidate at USC, queer indigenous two-spirited person that provides mental health services for deaf and hard of hearing in Los Angeles.
September 18, 2020
Suicide Awareness and Prevention
This week I am joined by Sarita Metzger MD MPH (@particlediameter), a resident physician of psychiatry at UPenn, bisexual, black woman immigrated from Trinidad and Tobago, as we cover mental health equity and suicide awareness and prevention in the LGBTQIA community.
September 11, 2020
Transformative Journey
Join me this week as I speak with Tricia (@thereal_tricia_tg), a flight and critical care ground paramedic and transgender woman. She shares her journey within the military, as a retired veteran, her Klinefelter diagnosis and hormone therapy replacement to gender euphoria she experiences today!
September 4, 2020
Transcending Woman
This episode I am joined by Ashley, (@TransNurseHere), a neurotrauma ICU, CCRN, transgender woman who speaks about her experience transitioning twice and the acceptance within her career, family and self.
August 28, 2020
Cultural Humility
This week I am joined by Juan-David Rivera-Del Valle, LCSW and USC doctoral candidate (@jdrlcswcom_therapist) as we discuss psychotherapy and cultural humility in mental health and hospital settings.
August 21, 2020
Gender Affirming Transition
Tune in to hear Lyan Betz (@lyan_finally) experience and journey with his transition, career, mental health and more within a gender affirming and inclusive health care team.
August 14, 2020
COVID-19 Survival
This week I am joined by Aura, COVID-19 survivor and Vanessa @vantru, COVID-19 ICU frontline nurse, as they share their unique experiences fighting this pandemic.
August 7, 2020
Sexual Health
Time to break down the taboo of sex. Join Grace @grace_korley and I as we discuss sex education, STI/STD’s, HIV and safe sex!
July 31, 2020
Join me this week as I discuss with Ellie, of @inclusivecare.project, the cross section of sexual identity with race, gender, sexism, ableism, religion and other marginalized groups.
July 24, 2020
Anxiety and Depression
Mental health is difficult to talk about due to stigma and discrimination. I’ll be joined by Nkechi (@chifittho) and Lesley (@lesleyyyanne) as we break down what anxiety and depression looks like and share our experiences within healthcare and our personal lives.
July 17, 2020
Gender vs. Sexuality
This week we'll be discussing the differences between sex, gender and sexuality. Believe it or not, they are not the same! I'll be joined by Vanessa (@vantru) and Derrick (@derrickdunk), both healthcare workers and part of the LGBT community that share experiences and thoughts about what sex, gender and sexuality looks like within healthcare.
July 10, 2020
Pride Edition: History and Health
Tune in this week as Pride month is wrapping up! A special episode on history of LGBT rights and the intersection with health
July 3, 2020
Join us as we talk about COVID-19 and the affect it has on the LGBTQ community in healthcare. Our goal is to provide education to enable our community to make informed decisions about their healthcare. 
June 26, 2020
I'm your host Cynthia Ellezingue! You can also connect with me on Instagram @thehealthqueeradvocate
June 17, 2020