Tech Community Equality Index

June 24, 2020 Andy 1

Over the last weeks & months, I’ve had an increasing number of conversations with folks on the topics of diversity, inclusion, equality, and justice. These discussions we have with coworkers, members of the data community, family and friends are all valuable, and help us look … [Read More]

Hi, I’m Andy. My pronouns are he/him.

June 23, 2020 Andy 1

Lots of folks want to be an ally to the LGBTQ community, but don’t know where to start. One great way to be an ally is relatively low-friction. List your pronouns. Everywhere. Put your pronouns in your social media profile & your email signature. Put … [Read More]

Racism is our problem to solve

June 9, 2020 Andy 2

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is hosted by Kenneth Fisher (blog|twitter). Kenneth asked us to talk about any non-SQL tips and tricks we have. I’m going to take the moment to give some tips on how (and why) you can help fight bigotry, racism, and racial injustice.

Pride is a riot

June 8, 2020 Andy 2

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, which mark the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement in the US. In the subsequent half century, the queer community has made significant strides in our march towards equality. Sodomy laws were struck down … [Read More]

Supporting the LGBTQ #SQLFamily

September 23, 2019 Andy 0

I won’t be at PASS Summit this year, so unlike last year, I won’t be organizing an LGBTQ Meetup at PASS Summit. I’m hoping that even without the meetup, all my LGBTQ #SQLFamily friends will still get together for some fun and networking. Keep scrolling … [Read More]

#LGBT channel on SQL Slack!

May 14, 2019 Andy 1

Last night while having dinner with my husband, I had a thought and messaged Chrissy LeMaire (blog|twitter) on the SQL Server Community Slack. Thoughts on an LGBTQ channel here? I doubt it would be very active… But I’d love to have a spot for the … [Read More]

Working from home: Home office tour

December 18, 2018 Andy 4

About two years ago, I moved my home office down into the basement at our house. Earlier this year, I started a new job at SentryOne, and work from home full time. This means I spend more (awake) time in my office than any other room in the house. I thought I’d take everyone through a guided tour of my home office.

LGBTQ Meetup at PASS Summit 2018

October 8, 2018 Andy 5

In 2016, I organized an (unofficial) PASS Summit LGBT Meetup. It was a bit of a last-minute party, and more than once I found myself saying, “Worst case scenario, I’ll end up having a chill cocktail party with some friends.” Turns out, I under estimated … [Read More]

Who are the extra special people in your life?

September 21, 2018 Andy 4

On my flight home from a conference in Europe, I found myself watching a documentary on Fred Rogers. This prompted me to reflect on some of the extra special people in my life that have helped me get where I am.