Queer Babadook: How a Meme Unearthed a History of Gay Monstrosity

July 19, 2017 in inQueery

2017 Pride saw the addition of an unlikely new mascot – but this meme is part of a much larger theme of otherness, monstrosity, and the search for representation.

Our Community’s Thoughts on Pride: How are we presenting ourselves?

July 12, 2017 in inQueery

The point of Pride may have changed over the years, and Samantha asks how we can make sure it is still putting our best face forward. What do you think? Can Pride be doing harm? Give your opinion in the comments!

LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Need Your Support!

July 7, 2017 in inQueery

This local organization supports Latino LGBTQ people who have left persecution in their home countries. Learn more about how you can get involved!

Self-Care During Pride

July 5, 2017 in inQueery

Pride Month is the one time of year our media is saturated with LGBT stories and celebrations, but this can be difficult for anyone who isn’t out. There are many reasons a person might be unable to engage in Pride celebrations, and being surrounded by stories of people who are able to could cause negative feelings like anxiety and guilt. Here are some self-care tips for those of you who might have been feeling this way for the past few weeks.

Our Community’s Thoughts on Pride: Formative Experiences

June 28, 2017 in inQueery

This month, voices from our own community will share stories about their own Pride experiences. In this piece, Kern describes his childhood participation in Pride and how this shaped him as a person.

Gay Persecution in Chechnya: What You Should Know

June 21, 2017 in inQueery

These past few months, ominous reports of men being tortured and murdered for being gay have started filtering in from Chechnya. Let’s take a look at some of the facts on hand and consider how this international crisis is evolving.

Big Alcohol is Still a Big Problem in San Francisco Pride

June 14, 2017 in inQueery

How do you feel about the influence of Big Alcohol money on Pride events, or alcohol companies’ advertisements that target LGBTQ communities (for example, the limited-edition “Love Wins” Smirnoff bottles for this year)? Let us know in the comments!

Seduction, Serpents & Oakland’s Secret Sisterhood (Part 2)

June 8, 2017 in inQueery

Anne and Mojo discuss the creative process, politics, and snakes in Part 2 of this interview!

Seduction, Serpents & Oakland’s Secret Sisterhood (Part 1)

May 24, 2017 in inQueery

I have loved burlesque ever since I attended my first show in a small bar tucked away in Seattle’s University District. So when I moved to the Bay Area, one of the first things I did was to start looking up burlesque shows. I found one that looked great while offering really affordable tickets. It was put on by the cabaret collective Haus Serpens and was set to take place at the Golden Bull, a popular bar in downtown Oakland. When I tried to buy tickets online, however, they were not available a…

Misogyny in Queer Spaces

May 10, 2017 in inQueery

Why do we devalue femininity in the queer community? In a space we have created for those that don’t fit, that are different, that are isolated by a centuries-old oppressive system, why is it that some of the most basic, ugly, oppressive values seep into that space? It’s obvious to anyone that’s a part of the modern queer community that it has issues. Racism exists in our spaces, transphobia and biphobia exist in our spaces, and those problems are worthy of their own long conversations. I’ll pro…

The French Philosopher and the Bay Area, Part 3

April 26, 2017 in inQueery

The last installment in our series on Michel Foucault, this piece examines the legacy of the “first celebrity death from AIDS.”

The French Philosopher and the Bay Area, Part 2

April 12, 2017 in inQueery

Read the second installment of Anne’s series on Foucault as a queer historical figure with local ties.

The French Philosopher and the Bay Area

March 29, 2017 in inQueery

At the time of his death, Michel Foucault was one of the most respected intellectuals in the world. But it’s his private life and the nature of his illness that would captivate people’s attention.

Queer Podcast Review: Food 4 Thot

March 22, 2017 in inQueery

Feed your brain AND your guilty pleasures.

Queer & Present: Lesson 6, Be Kind to Our Language

March 13, 2017 in inQueery

Lesson 6 from Timothy Snyder is to speak your own mind, not somebody else’s.

New Ways to Get Outdoors: Queer Nature

March 8, 2017 in inQueery

When you think of the phrase “nature program,” what group of people do you imagine participating? Because of how our culture has defined the connotations of the word, I think about the young boys in the Boy Scouts. As you probably know, the Boy Scouts is not the most LGBTQ+ friendly organization. Though they lifted their ban on openly gay scouts and leaders, “it has allowed religious chartered organizations, which operate more than  70 percent of the Boy Scouts Scouting units, ‘to use religious …

Queer & Present: Lesson 5, Be Calm

February 27, 2017 in inQueery

Try to stay calm in the face of misfortune. Do not let the administration frighten you into giving up your rights.

Queer & Present: Lesson 4, Distinguishing Particular Words

February 13, 2017 in inQueery

The administration uses high-key language in order to scare you into letting them do what they want.

Crowdfunding Our Own Stories

February 8, 2017 in inQueery

Crowdfunding has proven to be a successful way of producing media that allows queer voices to shine. How can we make these efforts more sustainable?

Queer & Present: Lesson 3, Recall Professional Ethics

January 30, 2017 in inQueery

Timothy Snyder’s 3rd lesson in preserving democracy is to recall professional ethics. Do you know what your profession’s ethical codes are? How do you promote them?

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