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?

Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie

January 24, 2017 in inQueery

  Today’s spotlight is Stephanie, a front desk volunteer.  Can you introduce yourself? My name is Stephanie and I use the pronouns she, her, hers even though I have struggled my entire life to fit in any box.  I grew up in Asia and came to the US twenty years ago to pursue a degree in special education. I have lived in three continents and been in the US on and off for almost half my life now.I first stumbled upon the Pacific Center about a year ago while searching online for help and…

Queer & Present: Lesson 2, Defend An Institution

January 23, 2017 in inQueery

Our American institutions will need people to watch over them and defend them for the next four years. Pick one and watch over it.

Queer & Present: Lesson 1, Do Not Obey in Advance

January 16, 2017 in inQueery

Foucault wrote that states depend on self-governing citizens. Don’t limit yourself in anticipation of a more repressive society.

Queer & Present: 20 Lessons

January 9, 2017 in inQueery

Q&P will feature a new series of lessons learned from European experiences of tyranny in the 20th century. Check back weekly for ways to prepare and respond to the oppression that 2017 may bring – and please participate in the conversation by commenting!

How and Why LGBTQIA+ Communities Should Support NoDAPL Protesters

January 4, 2017 in inQueery

A shining, beautiful beacon of hope has, surprisingly, risen up from the trash and the rubble that was the outcome of the 2016 election: the overwhelming show of support that nearly every marginalized group gave to one another. I have never felt so unified within my own communities and with all others, and with every protest, community event, or meeting that I see or go to I feel better and better about the situation at hand. However, it is going to be important not to let our unity fissure in t…

Volunteer Spotlight: Dane Schnittman

December 21, 2016 in inQueery

Join us for our new series, where we introduce and showcase the efforts of our volunteers!
In this blog article, we meet up with Dane Schnittman, a front-desk volunteer and occasional writer for the blog.

Fighting Domestic Violence in LGBTQIA+ Communities

December 7, 2016 in inQueery

Though not many know or realize it, intimate partner violence is an even bigger issue in the LGBTQIA+ community than it is in the cis and heterosexual communities.

Queer & Present: German Reparations

December 5, 2016 in inQueery

Germany will pay up to 30 million Euros to men jailed under anti-homosexual laws.

Flowers and Baby Blues: Gender Performance in the Trans Community

November 30, 2016 in inQueery

One could say I live a sort of double life. On the streets, you can catch an Ezra with a grown-out ivy league haircut, straight-legged jeans. You might spot him running at the local track or lifting weights at the gym; you could even find yourself next to him on BART, his legs spread across the seats, the scent of his Men’s Degree closing in on your personal space. You might hate him just a little bit. But let’s say that he’s left his front door open behind him coming home from work, and you cli…

Queer & Present: Trouble in Concord

November 21, 2016 in inQueery

So, the Rainbow Community Center was broken into four times in two weeks during late September and early October. The East Bay Times has covered the story.  Good for them. I didn’t see it elsewhere in the queer press, but that doesn’t prove it wasn’t there. KRON4 also broadcast it. In the course of the 4th breakin, the thieves also spray painted homophobic graffiti.  And a week before the first break-in, a rock was thrown through the Center thrift store’s window. Lt. John Nunes of the Concord Po…

Reilly: Hope is Not Lost

November 17, 2016 in inQueery

In this response, Reilly discusses fear as a political tool and how it’s hurting our youth.

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