Emily feels lucky to have grown up and come out in Minneapolis, surrounded by supportive adults in her family, school, and church. During her time at the University of Chicago and after graduation Emily spent five years as a volunteer rape victim advocate and also worked full-time as a direct service provider for families dealing with domestic and sexual violence. Through these experiences she developed an understanding of the close connection between homophobia and violence against women: both are the direct result of our damaging binary gender system.
As a genderqueer individual, Emily is constantly forced to choose between condoning ignorant assumptions and taking on the personal risk of challenging them. Emily is committed to changing constrictive attitudes toward gender, including those held inside the LGBTQ community.
She graduated from Yale University where she studied to be a family nurse practitioner. Her goals are not only to practice sensitive and empowering health care for all people with limited access to care, but also to explore a better clinical paradigm that does not rely on destructive gender roles.