Medicare Repeals Ban on Sex-reassignment Surgery, but Inequalities Persist

July 15, 2015 in inQueery

In May 2014, Medicare repealed its federal coverage ban on sex reassignment surgeries, setting the precedent for both public and private insurers. Sex reassignment surgeries remain out of reach for most low-income trans people under the age of sixty-five, as the procedures are not covered by Medicaid in most states. Furthermore, trans people face significant other barriers to comprehensive health care.

Images of Political and Gender Non-Conformity in “TransCuba”

July 8, 2015 in inQueery

Cuba is one of many Latin American countries said to be experiencing a “rainbow tide,” a wave of social movements and policy changes that favor LGBTQ rights. TransCuba, an exhibit showing through July at Rayko Photo Center, offers a portrait of daily life and illuminates some of the complexities for transwomen who live in this shifting social climate.

Boardmember Travis Cheng Discusses Upcoming AIDS Walk

July 1, 2015 in inQueery

As we get further into Pride Month, a lot of what makes the Pacific Center special is more pronounced than usual. The services provided are absolutely important, and it’s this time of year when we can really appreciate the people who allow that work to happen. In anticipation of both the upcoming celebrations and the increased amount of organization that comes with it, we wanted to give a closer look behind the scenes to show the effort thatwhat goes in to some of our bigger events. To do this, …

“Pinkwashing Exposed” and Protests of Frameline’s Israeli Support

June 24, 2015 in inQueery

“Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!” is a documentary created by Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival. Outside the Frame is part of this year’s Queer Arts Festival, and it features the work of filmmakers who have withdrawn their work from Frameline or did not submit because of Frameline’s continued partnership with the Israeli government.

Toward a Lasting Legacy: the QAL Peer Group

June 17, 2015 in inQueery

As a 58-year-old librarian in 2007, Joan Annsfire and her friends, Patty and Natalie, wanted to start a support group for aging lesbians. They posted an ad on the board at the Pacific Center and Leslie Ewing called them to ask if they would like to hold this group at the facility.

Confronting comments rooted in traditional marriage ideals

June 10, 2015 in inQueery

Guest writer Revae Hitt community organized for same-sex marriage equality in Minnesota by knocking on doors for one year. She encountered some anti-gay comments far too often, so she decided to compile a list of the ones she heard most frequently, as well as her responses to them.

LGBTQ Literary Voices: 3 Useful Links + 6 Recommended Reads

June 3, 2015 in inQueery

Works by and about LGBTQ people are for everyone, but such literary voices have only been recently recognized. LGBTQ stories from before the nineteenth century are difficult to find, and have for decades, been stranded together on the island of lesser merit and fewer sales known as “Special Interest”. – See more at:

The Kari and Emily Show

April 29, 2015 in inQueery

Lesbian comics Kari McCullough and comedic partner Emily Drevets perform “The Kari and Emily Show” at theaters in San Francisco. I saw one of their shows at the EXIT Theater and was pleasantly surprised by their use of sketches, improv, and stand-up. This hilarious duo performed a show unlike any I had seen before. Don’t miss it!

First Openly Gay Leading Man

March 4, 2015 in inQueery

It’s hard to believe that Neil Patrick Harris is 41 years old. I’m going to say that again – the man is forty-one. The Doogie Houser days seem like they were just a few years ago, don’t they?

End Game Improv

February 25, 2015 in inQueery

LGBTQ Jam is a new improv group based in San Francisco. You can catch a performance at Stage Werx every first Wednesday of the month. Anyone and everyone is invited to watch and LGBTQ people are invited to play along on stage. They provide a safe, supportive space for experimenting.

Bisexual Privilege and Visibility

February 18, 2015 in inQueery

Bisexuality is often misunderstood and sometimes even denied. However, recent studies by researchers like Lisa Diamond reveal that bisexuality is a real, prevalent identity. Guest writer Revae Hitt hopes to dispel any lingering myths about bisexual identity while calling attention to the complex co-existence of stigma and privilege in the lives of many bisexuals.

Being a Gay Father

February 11, 2015 in inQueery

Carter Serrett is a second generation Gay Parent. At the age of 12 his mother left a conservative religion and came out as a lesbian. While his mother was in the process of “coming out” Carter started to come to terms with his own identity as a gay man. Today Carter is the proud biological father of a 14 year old boy that he co-parents with his son’s Papa and his son’s two mother’s. Not always easy, but often humorous. Carter has been on both ends of the gay parenting equation and he bring…

Invisibility Series: Elderly LGBT

February 4, 2015 in inQueery

In the fourth and final installment of her invisibility series, guest writer Aurora Smith discusses the plight of the LGBT elderly. Invisible in different ways than their younger counterparts, LGBT elderly face daily struggles that the younger generation can and should not only relate to, but help with.

What Does Ferguson Mean for the LGBTQIA Community?

January 28, 2015 in inQueery

The recent events in Ferguson, MO have put the spotlight on police brutality, and have revealed a number of wider systemic issues. The particular intersection of racism and trans prejudice in the criminal justice system means that transgender people of color experience the brunt of discrimination by law enforcement in the LGBTQ community. It’s up to our community to stand against these injustices.

InQueery NEWS Live: January Kick-Off (The Return of Failed Sports Metaphors featuring Taiwanese Pop music and Queer Web Series)

January 21, 2015 in inQueery

If one of your resolutions is to expand your worldview through music, news or new queer shows online, we’ve got plenty of recommendations in this episode.

A Review of “HICK: A Love Story”

January 14, 2015 in inQueery

“HICK: A Love Story” is a one-woman show about the lesbian relationship between Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt. It is playing from January 2-25, 2015 at the Berkeley City Club. This article gives more information about the play and when to see it.

Late Bloomers and Sexual Fluidity

January 7, 2015 in inQueery

On May 21st, 2014, Lauren Morelli (writer for Orange is the New Black) came out in an essay on She announced that she was leaving her husband and shared the experience of being 31 and on the brink of late sexual discovery. Is she a “late-blooming lesbian” or is this an example of sexual fluidity in a society at the edge of a sexual paradigm shift? This is a personal essay on sexuality and identity in the grey areas.

InQueery News LIVE: Happy Holidays from InQueery!

December 31, 2014 in inQueery

In this short holiday special episode, Katie and Leo discuss some fun things they’ve been into recently as well as discuss plans for the holiday break. Listen on to hear about the joys of SantaCon, Lake Tahoe, professional lounging, Festivus and more! #hotcrossbuns

Our Gayest Apparel: Fun LGBT-themed Holiday Gifts

December 24, 2014 in inQueery

For those looking to camp up Christmas, adorning everything in both white and green and red… and rainbow, I bring you this holiday gift guide. I hope it serves you well. I scoured the internet for the cutest, funniest, and (sort of) most practical gifts I could find as long as they were glaringly queer and bled of Christmas spirit – the consumerist kind of over-saturated brightness and red-and-green-splattered joy! Maybe you’ll use these as gag gift options or totally serious presents that may…

InQueery News LIVE: Holiday and Movie Fun With a Side of Scandal

December 17, 2014 in inQueery

It’s holiday time and everything seems just that much busier and crazier. But the movie season and the year ahead seems to be improving, at least. The political climate is scattered and mixed, at best. Leo and Katie talk crazy children at restaurants, Hunger Games, the year of the Ass, trivia, anime, gaming, Looking Season 2 and more. News topics covered: The Gay Blood Ban continues, new gay bar opens in Oakland and the Human Rights Campaign Leader caught in sex scandal. #rainbowtrout


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