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!

It Gets Bitter – December 2017

December 22, 2017 in inQueery

Jacque Larrainzar: Undocuqueer Hero (Pt 1)

December 20, 2017 in inQueery

As the first lesbian to win political asylum from Mexico, Jacque Larrainzar has used her struggle, knowledge, and research to help create services for the greater good of our “Undocuqueer” community from Seattle and now the Bay Area.

Messaging in the Movement for Marriage Equality

November 29, 2017 in inQueery

Changing the delivery helped to change minds on marriage equality. Read more about how this shift happened and get ideas for how you might help communicate our causes.

Queer & Present – November 2017

November 27, 2017 in inQueery

Hello and welcome to November’s Queer & Present! Here’s a roundup of LGBTQIA+ news that made headlines this month with some of my own analysis. Queer Coffee Events plans first gathering Two coffee workers from San Francisco, RJ Joseph of Counter Culture Coffee and Ellan Kline of Ritual Coffee Roasters, created the events organization Queer Coffee Events in order to support and amplify the voices of queer coffee professionals in the Bay Area. The idea surfaced after the Specialty Coffee Assoc…

The Evolution of Queerness: A Short Lexical History (Final)

November 22, 2017 in inQueery

Coming out of the binary trope? Western culture has long stated that there are “men” and “women” and that the two are opposite sides of the coin of humanity: different and complementary. Still, the traditional gender binary paradigm -in which there are two genders (female & male) which are paired with two sexes (woman & man) and in which people of one sex & gender are invariably attracted to people from the opposite sex & gender- that we are trying to break free from these days i…

The Evolution of Queerness: A Short Lexical History (Pt. 3)

November 15, 2017 in inQueery

A Terminological Explosion: Exploring LGBTQIA+, its terms, and implications

Clinician Spotlight: Howard Curtis, LMFT

November 13, 2017 in Featured Article, inQueery

Tell us about yourself.  (Pronouns, where you’re from, what you do, or anything else important!) Pronoun: To tell the truth, when PC staff asked me what pronoun I preferred, I said that I preferred the Mandarin Chinese pronouns “ta/ta/ta.de” because they apply to all three grammatical genders of “he she it” (or “he shit” as my mother used to say).  That way, there is no “privileging” of one gender over another—and besides, it is nobody’s business what genitalia I am sporting under my cloth…

It Gets Bitter – November 2017

November 13, 2017 in inQueery

Keep the posts coming, Leslie! This month’s cartoon features online activism.

The Evolution of Queerness: A Short Lexical History (Pt. 2)

November 8, 2017 in inQueery

The Advent of Queerness: how did this word go from insult to proud identity?

Queer & Present: October 2017

November 6, 2017 in inQueery

Hello and welcome to Queer & Present! Here are a couple of pieces of LGBTQIA+ news that made headlines in October with some of my own opinion. Victories for LGBTQIA+ and HIV-Positive Californians Three big laws protecting LGBTQIA+ rights were signed this month by governor Jerry Brown. Signed on Oct. 15, the Gender Recognition Act (SB 179) makes it easier for trans and intersex individuals to get state-issued documents that better reflect their gender. The law makes the process of changing ge…

The Evolution of Queerness: A Short Lexical History (1 – Gay Prehistory)

October 25, 2017 in inQueery

To mark Queer History Month, we decided to consider how vocabulary around queerness has evolved over time. In this four-part series, we will examine now-antiquated ways to talk about same-sex love, study the reappropriation of the word “queer,” and meditate on the plethora of new ways to talk about gender and sexuality, which might allow us to move past the classic gender binary.   Gay Prehistory In this section, I will occasionally use the term “sex” to address matters that are now associa…

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