Liz Lazzara

Bio

Liz Lazzara is an androgyne writer, editor, and activist specializing in mental health, addiction, and trauma. They have written online copy for rehab centers, and essays, narrative nonfiction, and journalism for multiple online and print publications. They are currently working on a manuscript about complex post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction, and they are affiliated with Active Minds, the Mental Health America Advocacy Network, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the National Association of Memoir Writers, the Nonfiction Authors Association, No Stigmas, and the One Love Foundation. You can find their entire body of work at LizLazzara.com.

An Open Letter To My Alma Mater On Rape Victims, Panic Attacks And Screwing Up

By Liz Lazzara
Hello, University of Rochester. You may not remember me out of the thousands of students who pass through your halls, but I remember you. I came to you in my third year of college, and left in my fifth with a diploma in my hand. I didn't spend much…

Gay Marriage Vs. Gay Rights: Why The War For Equality Isn't Over Yet

By Liz Lazzara
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States determined gay marriage was constitutional and, thereby, legal in all 50 states. While this ruling marked a victory in the battle for gay rights, the war is by no means over. It will not be…

How Miley Cyrus Opened Up Doors For LGBT Community In New 'Paper' Cover

By Liz Lazzara
Miley Cyrus bared all in her recent Paper Magazine cover, and I'm not just referring to the (incredibly artistic) nudity. The "Free to Be Miley" feature begins with her ventures into animal rights activism — she's a recent vegan and adamant animal…

I Had My Wedding In Las Vegas, And I Wouldn't Change A Thing

By Liz Lazzara
I didn't always want to have my wedding in Vegas. Like most engaged gals, I started by thinking (somewhat) traditionally. I wanted to rent the downstairs of our place, the restaurant and bar where my fiancé and I had our first date. We were on a…

Dirty Jobs Make A Difference: Why You Don't Need A College Degree

By Liz Lazzara
Have you ever watched Mike Rowe's show, "Dirty Jobs?" If you haven't, you should. It focuses on the careers that rarely ever get a chance to see the spotlight, like salt miners, road pavers and cornmeal makers. I doubt very much that any of us…

5 Steps For Grieving And Moving On From A Serious Relationship

By Liz Lazzara
When I was 20, I broke up with my first love. The reasons for ending the relationship were pretty typical: We started dating right after high school and fell in love quickly. Between ages 17 and 20, we grew into separate people and ultimately,…

A $40,000 College Degree, And No Job To Show For It

By Liz Lazzara
After five years of college, two transfers and one honors BA in English, I managed to land a career in Medicare customer service. I answered phones, was screamed at by the elderly, their children and their doctors, and handled the paperwork and data…

Why The UN Message On Police Brutality Is What The US Needs To Hear

By Liz Lazzara
To say the United States has a problem with police brutality, especially when it comes to black men, is an understatement. We all know who Freddie Gray is; we know who Michael Brown and Eric Garner are -- or, should I say, who they were? All three…

My Mom and Savior

By Liz Lazzara
When I was a baby, my mother fled my father's house, and with it, his constant abuse. We lived in a battered women's shelter for some months and kenneled our puppy in a local veterinarian's office. Otherwise, she probably would have been killed —…

Anger, Grit, Determination, Drive: How To Get The Success You Want

By Liz Lazzara
My therapist once told me anger was a useful emotion because it could inspire action, as opposed to the incessant torpor depressive moments can bring. At the time, I enthusiastically clung to the concept. I was angry then, a 24-year-old girl (I…