Volunteer Spotlight – Hen Henry

August 18, 2019 in inQueery

Volunteer Spotlight allows us to highlight the work of our spectacular volunteers that help keep Pacific Center running.  Today’s feature volunteer is Hen Henry.   Welcome, Hen!  Can you introduce yourself to our readers? My Name is Hen, preferred pronouns are she/her/they. How did I get the name Hen? When I was raising a step family, everyone called me Hen which became my nickname for Henry. When I started transition; I discovered that Hen in addition to being a unique name and a fem…

Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Andresen

July 10, 2019 in inQueery

Volunteer Spotlight is a series that we do to highlight our spectacular volunteers that help keep Pacific Center running.  Today we’re speaking with Karen Andresen.   Hi Karen!  Can you introduce yourself for us? My name is Karen, pronouns are she/her/hers. I was born in New York and raised in Walnut Creek. After grad school, I got married and raised three kids. I enjoyed volunteering in the schools, and now at the Pacific Center and Meals on Wheels. I’m a supporter of EQCA, GLAAD and…

Volunteer Spotlight: Rose and Zoe

April 30, 2019 in inQueery

Volunteer Spotlight is an InQueery series where we introduce you to some of the many volunteers that make up the heart of Pacific Center.  Today, we’re chatting with Rose, who is a faithful front desk volunteer.  Welcome!   Hi! My name is Rose, my pronouns are she/her, I’m a Student and proud Front Desk Volunteer for the Pacific Center, and a Service Dog Handler. I’ve known I was Trans my whole life. In fact, I came to the Bay Area specifically to meet other people like me for the fi…

Executive Director, Leslie Ewing Announces Retirement

March 28, 2019 in inQueery, Past Events

Volunteer Spotlight: Marcus Davis

March 6, 2019 in inQueery

Volunteer Spotlight is an InQueery series where we introduce you to some of the many volunteers that make up the heart of Pacific Center.  Today, we’re chatting with Marcus, who helps with both peer group and front desk duties.   Hi Marcus!  First of all, can you introduce yourself to our readers?  We’d love to hear a little more about your life outside Pacific Center! I am an SF Bay Area native who was born and raised in the East Bay (Oakland and Newark).  Currently, I live in …

Why feminine people can have masculine names, but not vice versa

February 13, 2019 in inQueery

Image Source: Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List (andrewhudsonsjobslist.com)   To be completely honest, baby names is not a subject I think of everyday, but a little bit ago I read an article on The Atlantic that brought up some interesting points on the subject of gender and names. The article in question, written by Atlantic staff writer Joe Pinsker starts with a question: why are we giving more and more girls surnames that are traditionally thought of as male?   Pinsker is not the only one …

What’s Good in 2019

January 23, 2019 in inQueery

There’s been a lot to get you down in the news lately, and don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of time to talk about that on another day.  But for this post, at least, let’s talk about some things that LGBTQ+ folks and communities can look forward to in 2019!

The Value of Pacific Center for Human Growth

December 20, 2018 in inQueery

Video by Philip Clem and Eliza Otto

If It Makes You Happy: Using Karaoke to Get Over my Anxiety

November 14, 2018 in inQueery

The concept of karaoke is terrifying to many, but in going weekly I have found that getting up onstage and belting out a favorite song has made me more confident and accepting of my flaws.

Here’s Why You Need to Vote Tomorrow

November 5, 2018 in inQueery

What is the Department of Health and Human Services doing to trans people right now? A leaked memo has shown that the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) is planning to redefine gender based solely on an individual’s biological sex at birth. This would have wide-ranging legal consequences for trans people and their allies. Here’s a breakdown of what we know so far and what we can expect: The Leaked Memo On Sunday, October 21st, the New York Times published an article revealing that HHS …

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…

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…

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