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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