What is the “Cis Gaze” and Why Does it Matter?

June 18, 2014 in inQueery

By now, most people with an internet connection have heard about the #YesAllWomen campaign on Twitter. But this was just one brick in the wall of sexism. Trans* men, trans* women, genderfluid/non-conforming individuals and more voiced the ways that many cisgender people (and even LGB and other trans* folk) regularly discriminate against and belittle them due to fear, hatred and ignorance.

Pacific Center: 41 Years of Serving our Community

June 11, 2014 in inQueery

This video about Pacific Center history and services was produced by UC Berkeley students, Spencer Maley, Zane Hadi, and Alli O’brien under the guidance and direction of Leo Brown, Facility Rental and Volunteer Coordinator.

Orange is the New Black’s Piper: What Are We Missing?

June 4, 2014 in inQueery

Just in time for the second season, InQueery Staff Katie Tims takes a second look at Orange is the New Black’s main character. Does her sexual fluidity add more or less to the conversation about representation? And why is nobody saying the word ‘bisexual?’

We Can Do Better: A Call for Introspection Among Radical Feminists and Trans* Inclusive Feminists

May 28, 2014 in inQueery

Both a personal reflection and an acknowledgement of difference within feminist thought, this article seeks to expose the multiple disconnects between radical and trans* inclusive feminist, and to outline the necessity for conversations surrounding inclusivity.

50 Years of Gays in the Media & in the Streets: The 1980’s

May 21, 2014 in inQueery

Many events came to pass in the 80’s that made it one of the most important decades of progress in our gay history. The LBGT community was dealt heavy blows from a myriad of sources, and struggled to reclaim its voice from setbacks in both cinema and society. While a few films lent themselves to lighter and more uplifting tones, others chose to demonize and damn the LBGT community in its entirety. Because of these bruises and the LBGT communities’ reaction to them, the 1980’s b…

To Be Gay. To Be Republican.

May 7, 2014 in inQueery

Eyebrows are raised, conversations are stalled, and looks are given when the topic comes up. As if it were a paradox that shouldn’t exist, the matter of gay republicans has been meet with either joyful glee or intense ire. InQueery Writer J.J. Medina revisits the Republican party’s view of queer issues – their track record and where they’re going.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water

April 30, 2014 in inQueery

“Coming out of the closet” can be a daunting task because, for many queer folks, there is a fear of rejection within the family. However, there have not been any empirical studies on this issue until recently. Emma L explores some studies that report the effects of family acceptance and rejection on the mental health and well-being of LGBTQQ youth.

The Battles Won and the Boycotts: When is Enough Enough?

April 23, 2014 in inQueery

While a sea of change is on the way for LBGT individuals everywhere, what about those who publicly resisted it? JJ Medina explores the unlikely consequences for businesses and individuals who opposed same-sex legislation.

The Lake Merritt Farmer’s Market is Hella Queer

April 16, 2014 in inQueery

On a warm, sunny day in May, the InQueery News crew, Jax, Leo, Katie headed to Lake Merrit Farmer’s Market in Oakland. Check out the video to see Jax’s interviews with queer families at the about what it’s like to raise children in Oakland and about connecting with other families in the area.

LGBT Characters in Video Games

April 9, 2014 in inQueery

There’s no doubt LBGT dollars go towards video games, but how much are we really represented in that medium? JJ Medina takes a closer look at several LBGT characters who have shaped this past generation’s landscape. (MINOR SPOILERS INSIDE FOR GTA 4, Street Fighter X Tekken and The Last of Us).

Queer Comic Review: On Loving Women

April 2, 2014 in inQueery

Depicting something as intimately personal as your earliest thoughts of romance is undoubtedly difficult, and even more so when dealing with the unique experiences of queer women. Nonetheless, On Loving Women manages to skillfully capture the heady feeling of those first few inklings of love.

HIV Equal: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?

March 26, 2014 in inQueery

InQueery Writer Shannon Grooms outlines the HIV Equal campaign and its vision, also addressing the criticisms around representation they have faced.

Singing from the Margins: Morrissey as a Queer Icon

March 19, 2014 in inQueery

Morrissey, solo artist and frontman of The Smiths, has often recieved attention and criticism since the 80’s surrounding his sexuality. InQueery writer Bridget explores what his affirmations (or lack thereof) mean for the queer community.

Hip Hop Meets Homophobia

March 12, 2014 in inQueery

While everyone else is busy criticizing Russia’s handling of LBGT issues in wake of the Sochi Olympics, the U.S. has plenty of homophobia to go around when it comes to the rap community. InQueery contributer J.J. Medina explores which artists are the worst offenders, and offers some suggestions on who we should be listening to instead.

More Transparency Needed in Navigating the Medical Labyrinth

March 5, 2014 in inQueery

There’s no shortage of LGBTQI -friendly health care facilities in the Bay Area. Accessing their services is another matter. A new program aims to address this gap by connecting knowledgeable volunteers with patients in need.

Rocky Shores Ahead For Ships In The Night

February 26, 2014 in inQueery

white & cis? DON’T come here! is the new slogan for a local east bay RADICAL QUEER dance party

Mendiga #2

February 18, 2014 in inQueery

Diana Hernandez describes Mendiga as “a personal zine/piece about discovering and navigating through my queer identity and sexuality as a Chicana.” This second story explores early memories of same-sex attraction.

Queer Comic Review: O Human Star

February 12, 2014 in inQueery

Blue Delliquanti’s O Human Star gives us an intricate and engaging look at a not-too-distant future where the rapid growth of AI technology leads to the mysterious rebirth of the long dead main character, Alistair Sterling. As the story moves to answer the hows and whys of his re-entry into the world, we learn more and more about Sterling, the people he left behind, and those who came after him.

Could a Successful Marriage Equality Push Come From the Right?

February 5, 2014 in inQueery

We have all heard that support for same-sex marriage is creeping up across the country but the source of the biggest jump may surprise you: a significant push is coming from the right. With marriage equality falling off the radar for average Democrats, is it possible that it will actually be the Republicans that will deliver us equal rights?

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