Sinless Sweets: Plant-Based Pies make healthy taste good

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Barclay Losse has a sweet tooth. He also has diabetes. About a year and a half ago, Losse started experimenting with desserts that he could enjoy without jeopardizing his health. “I wanted to create something tasty that wouldn’t mess with my blood sugar as much as other tasty things,” he…

Killer Tofu: Local scientist warns of GMO risks

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly Dr. Ray Seidler, a retired Oregon State University professor and former microbiologist for the Environmental Protection Agency, is on a mission to educate local communities about what he says are the dangers of allowing genetically modified organisms into the food supply unlabeled and unregulated. The scientist says he was spurred to action after…

I’ve Never. . . Worked Out With the Navy SEALs

By Erin Rook, Source Weekly The first time I played the popular drinking game “I’ve Never,” I was a high school sophomore, and instead of taking shots, we kept score with sugar packets at the local Shari’s. The game appealed to me for two reasons: 1) I got to learn other people’s secrets, and 2)…

Lawsuit settlement leads to trans-inclusive healthcare for Oregon state employees

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly The State of Oregon must offer its employees transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage following a landmark settlement in Esquivel v. Oregon, in which Lambda Legal argued on behalf of Alec Esquivel that the 2007 Oregon Equality Act prohibits gender identity-based discrimination in healthcare. “The settlement in Esquivel v. Oregon is a powerful…

Oregon Health Plan to cover medical care for trans youth

By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly While trans activists wait to see how the recent Oregon Insurance Division decision will affect federally-managed insurance programs (Medicare and Medicaid), they have secured a significant victory for trans and gender non-conforming children and youth. TransActive Education & Advocacy announced Jan. 11 that the Oregon Health Plan and its Healthy…

Closing the gap: Addressing LGBTQ health disparities from both sides

Originally published April 20, 2012 in PQ Monthly. By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly Going to the doctor makes most people uncomfortable, but for LGBTQ folks, that anxiety is heightened by a fear of ignorance, discrimination, and denial of care. These fears are not unfounded. At the recent Meaningful Care Conference, hosted by the LGBTQ Heath Coalition of…