Queerspiration from the L.O.U.D. Youth Group! – 4

July 25, 2018 in inQueery

Pacific Center’s L.O.U.D. Youth Group (Loving Ourselves and Uniting Diversity) has been celebrating Pride month by doing a variety of different artistic expression works.  In this series, we will post a sample of some of the writings that were produced by youth participants and facilitators.   Author names are not included to protect confidentiality. This week – “Queerspirations”

Queerspiration from the L.O.U.D. Youth Group! – 3

July 18, 2018 in inQueery

Pacific Center’s L.O.U.D. Youth Group (Loving Ourselves and Uniting Diversity) has been celebrating Pride month by doing a variety of different artistic expression works.  In this series, we will post a sample of some of the writings that were produced by youth participants and facilitators.   Author names are not included to protect confidentiality.   * * *   We set the scene as many of them are, more and more these days Stage right me, sitting in a the passenger seat Stage left…

Queerspiration from the L.O.U.D. Youth Group! – 2

July 11, 2018 in inQueery

Pacific Center’s L.O.U.D. Youth Group (Loving Ourselves and Uniting Diversity) has been celebrating Pride month by doing a variety of different artistic expression works.  In this series, we will post a sample of some of the writings that were produced by youth participants and facilitators.   Author names are not included to protect confidentiality.

This week – “HIGH DIVE INTO A CHLORINATED POOL”

Queerspiration from the L.O.U.D. Youth Group!

July 4, 2018 in inQueery

Pacific Center’s L.O.U.D. Youth Group (Loving Ourselves and Uniting Diversity) has been celebrating Pride month by doing a variety of different artistic expression works.  In this series, we will post a sample of some of the writings that were produced by youth participants and facilitators.   Author names are not included to protect confidentiality. My queerspiration is the Loud Youth Group at Pacific Center for Human Growth. I was given the opportunity to help facilitate this amazing gro…

Passing with Pride

June 20, 2018 in inQueery

Is there any one way to “look” queer or non-binary? Each year as Pride rolls around, I worry that I don’t look like I belong there, but belonging to a community goes so much deeper than whether you fit into the aesthetic.

A Short History of Pride

June 13, 2018 in inQueery

In this month of June, let’s do something really shocking and unexpected and talk about Pride! Here’s a quick run down of Pride’s genesis and its evolution throughout the years, from a set of commemorative marches to a month-long celebration of queer identities.

The Misconstruction of the LGBTQ+ Community

June 6, 2018 in inQueery

In this piece, visiting writer, Pete Mancilla, ruminates on stereotypes, segregation, and hypercritical elements of the LGBTQ community and explores some of the underlying causes.

Volunteer Spotlight: Leah Bastacky

June 1, 2018 in inQueery

Welcome to another Volunteer Spotlight, where we introduce you to some of the many volunteers that keep Pacific Center running smoothly! Today we’re talking with Leah Bastacky, a front desk volunteer.

How SESTA/FOSTA Is Going To Affect Us All

May 9, 2018 in inQueery

On April 11th, 2018 Donald Trump signed a dual bill called SESTA/FOSTA into law. This piece of legislation started as an effort to curb online sex-trafficking and had initially received little media attention. However, it has recently come to light that, on top of posing a threat to free speech online, these bills will also hurt an already marginalized community: sex workers. Here’s a quick rundown of SESTA/FOSTA’s goals and possible effects.

The Magic of Zines

May 2, 2018 in inQueery

While many view zines as a mysterious club they can’t get into, anyone can make a zine about literally anything. I use zines to explore my own mental health and LGBTQ identity. Try making your own!

The Moment it All Changed

April 25, 2018 in inQueery

I began my process of becoming a gay parent in the early 90’s.  By 1998 I had met the lesbian couple that I felt would be the best match for co-parenting.  It took a long time to find the right partners partly because there were not a lot of people openly discussing the topic of gay parenting.  Some, but not a lot, were seeking others to venture into this new paradigm where we parent as a team. There were quite a lot of resources for sperm bank referrals or adoption services.  The notion of pare…

Identifying Differently: Gaby & Allison on Changing Your Labels

April 11, 2018 in inQueery

YouTubers and comedians Gaby & Allison talk about a lot of topics related to sex, gender, identity, and mental health. In a recent episode, they touched on shifts in what you identify with or as (specifically related to gender and orientation). What do you think? Have you experienced this?

Spring Break Round 2: Electric Boogaloo

April 4, 2018 in inQueery

Spring break’s mysterious healing powers have long eluded me, but now that I’m refocusing my energy on academia, I’m looking forward to a much-needed brain-break.

Five Years Later: Same-sex Marriage in France

March 21, 2018 in inQueery

This week, Anne reflects on the changing political tides in her home country, France. What does the state of same-sex marriage look like, five years on?

In Case You Missed It: Gays on Ice

March 14, 2018 in inQueery

Hear Tyler Oakley interview Adam Rippon on what it’s like to be the first openly gay Olympian.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students

February 21, 2018 in inQueery

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students A far from comprehensive list of methods and resources for supporting students that belong to the LGBTQ+ community, and modeling correct behaviors for other students to become allies. I was in middle school the first time I witnessed a friend (I will call him David) being mocked because someone said he was gay. In groups of four, we turned short stories into skits. My group was assigned a fairy tale, and we chose David to play Prince Charming. The neighboring group ove…

Volunteer Spotlight: Gordon Gross

February 8, 2018 in inQueery

Hi, Gordon!  Can you introduce yourself for us? My pronouns are he, him, his.  I’ve lived most of my life in California and most of that time in the Bay Area.  I’m originally from Kansas City, MO.  And, NO, I don’t miss it one bit.  I’m a retired IT Specialist and I’ve worked on computers from the time they filled giant, noisy rooms until now.  I still keep up with current technology. How long have you been volunteering with Pacific Center?  How did you get started?…

Queer & Present: January 2018

January 29, 2018 in inQueery

This past month: Angels in America comes to Berkeley, Chelsea Manning shoots for the Senate, and Tunisia holds its first queer film festival.

Glass Half Full: What I’m Grateful For

January 3, 2018 in inQueery

Welcome to 2018! While the last year has been rough for many of us, Anne reflects on some of the good things to come out of 2017.

Jacque Larrainzar: Undocuqueer Hero (Pt 2)

December 27, 2017 in inQueery

Read the second part of Pete’s interview with Jacque Larrainzar and her work for queer undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers, and what she’s doing now in the Bay Area!

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