I am a 52-year-old lesbian who has been through dealing with both chronic asthma since age two and undiagnosed Tourette Syndrome as a young teenager. I’ve moved to Chicago, Philadelphia and New York City by myself knowing almost no one and creating a rich and fulfilling life for myself in each place.
In NYC, I worked with chronically and persistently mentally ill homeless men in the CSS program at VOA and with chronically homeless women in the food service training program at the Lexington Avenue Shelter for Women.
I survived a 10-year-long progressively violent domestic relationship during which I graduated from college with a double BA and from law school with a JD.
I was the first editorial assistant to make it all the way to features editor at the association magazine at which I worked and garnered, by request, the largest raise ever (at the time) for someone working on that publication
I worked at a reputable mid-sized PR firm, had a breakdown and diagnosed with Bipolar disorder. I was incarcerated on a locked ward, and survived three suicides, chronic unemployment, subsisted on public assistance and food stamps supplemented by standing on the food line at the church near my former residence in Flatbush. I was FTC’d by HRA’s Back to Work Program, yet I quickly secured a job and went to work as PR Account Supervisor for the craziest, most abusive boss I ever had, walked out of that job and got a new one. I have worked in PR as a media relations specialist and communications strategist as well as a freelance journalist for well over a decade. I am also a published author.
I can handle anything – except faking that I can slip into fashions that neither fit nor flatter my ample, androgynous lesbian body.
We both know I’m not a cultural fit for the organization, so this note is in lieu of the writing assignment you set out for me.
Thank you for taking the time to interview me, even though I was wearing jeans and sporting two large tattoos.
Good luck in your search for a qualified, committed – and well-dressed – candidate.