Your birth-flowers are calendula and marigold. You witnessed the launch of the first satellite into orbit. You believe deeply (and have since ~4000 BC) in setting out sweets to pacify the dead. Congratulations, you're October! We're so glad you're here. Please accept the following offerings:

In Content Creators, a message from Mitch Moffit of the YouTube & TikTok phenom-series AsapSCIENCE: “It's not that you always have to be like, ‘Hey, I'm going to talk about queer science.’ I love that, and that's so important, but just being yourself and representing yourself is so meaningful.” PS: He think you’re brave.

In Orgs to Know, it’s Cel Welch of Queer Engineer: “I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I wasn’t sure I was doing everything I could to help solve this problem. Engineering is the coolest thing in the world to me, and I want more people to feel like they can carve out a niche for themselves in this field.”

And in this month's Contributor Highlight, meet Kale Edmiston, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “I would ask that cisgender people who wish to build a career studying transgender people first ask themselves why. Transgender people are often treated as objects of fascination and curiosity by scientists—research must be done with humility, and in service of our communities.”

Thanks for reading, and as always find us at 500queerscientists@gmail.com with your questions, suggestions, epiphanies, and more. LCA