Trickle-Down Rights (Part 2)

April 29, 2013 in inQueery

Thatcher recently gained additional funding from the Haas Scholars Program in order to travel to Austin, Texas, where he will conduct additional interviews and expand the scope of his research. Travelling to Austin—considered a “liberal hub” of Texas—will enable him to explore the impact of “regionality” on shaping the attitudes toward the LGBT rights movement. This perspective is necessary, as he elucidates, because: A lot of LGBT research, or queer research, is done in the bay area, and while …

Trickle-Down Rights (Part 1)

April 24, 2013 in inQueery

The increasingly publicized debates around same-sex marriage have recently left the LGBTQ rights movement open to scrutiny; while many have demonstrated their support for this agenda, some remain skeptical of the emphasis mainstream political leaders are placing on the right to marry. Thatcher Combs—a junior sociology major at UC Berkeley—falls into this latter, and arguably, smaller group. During the Fall 2012 semester, Thatcher was awarded a fellowship from UC Berkeley’s McNnair Scholars Progr…

Day of Silence

April 18, 2013 in inQueery

More often than not, silence speaks louder than words. As a wise man by the name of Thomas Carlyle once said, “Silence is as deep as eternity, speech a shallow as time.” Day of Silence April 19th is the seventeenth annual Day of Silence: a national observance asking students to turn their attention to the LGBT community and become more aware of the harassment happening on and off campus. While homophobic comments are heard every day, the Day of Silence will allow people to hear nothing, yet see …

Out in Academia: Interview with Prof. Juana María Rodríguez

April 17, 2013 in inQueery

This is the first interview of an ongoing series that deals with the question of LGBT visibility in the university classroom; an issue that I, as an out and visibly queer graduate student, have been interested in for a long time. I wanted to find out more about how professors and graduate students present themselves to their students and why. The question I then center these interviews around is that of identity and outness in the classroom. In this fluid and informal interview—you’ll hear quite…

Faces of Bipolar Disorder

April 10, 2013 in inQueery

“Mania’s kind of social engagement has a specific quality: it is a one-way outpouring of energy (perceived as masculine in style) rather than a two-way exchange (perceived as feminine in style).” (Martin). Throughout the evolution of the conceptualization of bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder, there have been markedly gendered qualities to its diagnosis. Prior to the 1800s, the experience of mania was often seen “as both frightening and masculine” (Martin). Throughout the early twentieth centur…

SF is Ready – Are You?

April 3, 2013 in inQueery

According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 50,000 people are infected with HIV in the United States every year. Nearly two-thirds of these cases occur in men who have sex with other men. These incidences are especially high in California, which has higher rates of HIV infection than any other state. This is a pressing community health concern, but great social and medical strides have been made since the discovery of the virus in the early 1980s. With proper treatment, a person li…

Cock Talk (Part 2)

March 27, 2013 in inQueery

In the first part of this article we laid out some of the options available for transgender individuals in pursuing varying methods to express their gender identity. This second part provides a more detailed and intricate discussion of the kinds of access, resources available to, and challenges transgender people face when pursuing medical procedures to physically change their bodies to match their gender identity, as well as Zander Keig’s positive experiences of these surgeries. Insurance Chall…

Cock Talk (Part 1)

March 20, 2013 in inQueery

Zander Keig gave his presentation, Cock Talk, to a packed Cal classroom on a cool Saturday afternoon. And talk about cocks he certainly did. His presentation at the Transgender Law Center’s Weekend Summit was one of many that aimed to raise awareness of the health, legal, and social issues that are pertinent to the transgender community

We’re in this Together: Awareness and Passion can Make a Difference

March 14, 2013 in inQueery

Devon Yaffe was looking to spread the word about a documentary he had filmed for his Senior Project at Hollywood High titled Overcoming Adversities as a Gay Teen: One Generation at a Time. He found us and we are proud to present his story to you. Devon’s documentary consists of interviews with gay men from all different age groups and backgrounds. A lot of men had never shared these stories before and I expressed to him – and he agreed – how important this was. I believe this piece of both…

Empowering the Oppressed

March 6, 2013 in inQueery

A UC Berkeley classroom is transformed into a stage for activism and education under the title “Theatre of the Oppressed: Gender Justice LA.”

GRLs on Fire

February 28, 2013 in inQueery

The Pacific Center for Human Growth is excited and honored to announce that Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL) has chosen us to be their philanthropy project. We’d like to take a minute to express our appreciation and tell you a little bit about GRL

Is there a science to our difference? A characterization of homosexuality.

February 19, 2013 in inQueery

“The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision,” rap Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis in their 2012 hit song Same Love. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news, I’ll sum up what’s been going on: being not heterosexual is contentious. So really – is it a decision, a physiological predisposition precipitated by social circumstances, or simply a way of existing for humankind? Research efforts in genetics, psychiatry, and neuroscience have been attempting to pursue an answer to this que…

LGBTQI Suitcase Clinic: Queering Healthcare

February 14, 2013 in inQueery

It’s a gorgeously sunny Saturday afternoon at the Pacific Center in Berkeley. Erik, Katie, Andy, and Kate are setting up the outdoor waiting room. They wait for Nick to arrive with the keys to the office and lounge spaces which will be turned into medical examination rooms.

Insight into the Workings of a Nonprofit

February 13, 2013 in inQueery

An Interview with Louise Monsour, LMFT
Thanks to a dedicated staff of volunteers, the Pacific Center has been able to keep its doors open since 1973. It is because of them that we are able to offer a variety of peer groups and mental health services. There have been times, however, where this has not been the case—where we have come dangerously close to having to close our doors.

Introducing InQueery

February 13, 2013 in inQueery

Hello, and welcome to InQueery, our blog at the Pacific Center for Human Growth.
For those of you who don’t know, the Pacific Center is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1973 in response to a gay bashing that occurred in Oakland. We have grown over the decades and now offer a number of mental and public health services to the LGBTQ community in the East Bay: therapy services, youth programming, peer support groups, and clinical training.

Spotlight on Pacific Center

January 28, 2013 in inQueery

Pacific Center and our Executive Director, Leslie Ewing are featured in the December 2012, Profiles of Excellence series, produced by the ABC7 Public Affairs Department. As one of five featured organizations, the segment on Pacific Center starts at 14:17.

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