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?

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.

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