Queer and Present: Making Our Lives Count

November 9, 2015 in inQueery

On October 7, Governor Brown signed signed the LGBT Disparities Reduc­tion Act that requires some state agen­cies to collect voluntary self-reported demographic information on sexual orientation and gender identity. David Chiu (shown below), the sponsor and main driver of the bill, told the San Francisco Bay Times, After years of being left out of statewide demo­graphic data, LGBT individuals will now be able to share their experiences to provide much-needed data to understand, and ultimately re…

A Thrice Told Tale (Part 1)

November 4, 2015 in inQueery

Sharing stories is a very human endeavor; they are part of our culture and help us understand our place in it. Beckie’s three coming out experiences reflect a lifetime of resilience and her drive to help others -read her narrative in this two-part series.

Queer & Present: The Case that Just Might End LGBTQ Discrimination at Work

November 2, 2015 in inQueery

David Baldwin is suing the FAA for employment discrimination in Federal Court, alleging that existing anti-discrimination law covers LGBT folk. This is an extremely important case that may create a national precedent.

Blurring Gender Lines in Costume

October 28, 2015 in inQueery

Mia discusses the gender implications of Halloween costumes, and how we might approach these issues in a more positive way.

Queer & Present: Ari Waldman and the Tyler Clementi Institute

October 26, 2015 in inQueery

This week, Stan features an American philanthropist who is contributing to the fight against cyber bullying.

Finding Refuge: The Rainbow Community Support Project

October 21, 2015 in inQueery

Created by a former Pacific Center intern, this Berkeley-based organization is helping Latino LGBTQ asylum seekers heal from abuse and trauma.

Queer & Present: National Coming Out Day

October 19, 2015 in inQueery

Each Monday, Queer & Present columnist Stan Stansbury features a LGBTQ-related news item from the previous week. Stay informed on everything from policy changes to human interest stories!

Sunday, October 11th, 2015 was National Coming Out Day.

Trending Genderqueer

October 14, 2015 in inQueery

“We cannot extricate style from politics in the queer community. Fashion is not just fashion. For some, simply wearing a suit is a radical and political act.” What are the consequences of the fashion industry’s recent interest in “genderqueer” models?

Queer & Present: Kasha Nabagesera

October 12, 2015 in inQueery

The Right Livelihood Award honors “outstanding vision and work on behalf of our planet and its people.” This year’s laureate is a queer activist in Uganda.

The Power of Choice for Trans Gamers

October 7, 2015 in inQueery

In addition to providing an outlet for escapism and stress relief, gaming can be an empowering hobby for trans people thanks to the ability to choose one’s gender within the virtual world.

Queer & Present: Folsom-ophobia

October 5, 2015 in inQueery

In this opinion piece, Stan asks readers to think critically about their views on the Folsom Street Fair.

Closeted in College: What Makes a Campus LGBTQ-Friendly

September 30, 2015 in inQueery

When choosing a college or university, it’s often easier to judge the academics than the social atmosphere. Reilly Smith offers tips based in personal experience on how to gauge whether your prospective school will be a queer-friendly space.

Queer & Present: A Real American Hero

September 28, 2015 in inQueery

A trans woman and a gay man are now working successfully at high levels in the Department of Defense.

The Price of Acceptance

September 23, 2015 in inQueery

Emily Clark explores key differences between Oakland Pride, which took place last weekend, and the larger San Francisco Pride that happens each June. Read more about her experiences at this year’s event, and think about what kinds of celebrations resonate with you!

Queer and Present: Some Final Thoughts on Kim Davis

September 21, 2015 in inQueery

Each Monday, Queer & Present columnist Stan Stansbury features a LGBTQ-related news item from the previous week. Stay informed on everything from policy changes to human interest stories! In a very short time, she aroused some very strong passions. Very strong indeed. The Week magazine suggested she be burned at the stake. Presumably tongue in cheek, they suggest that since she seems to see herself as a Christian martyr, she should be sent to heaven to claim her many-jeweled crown ASAP. Som…

Bi-Women’s group

September 16, 2015 in inQueery

In recognition of Bisexual Awareness Week, Carter talks with Sheryll, the facilitator of the Bi Women’s Peer Group at Pacific Center.

Queer and Present: Cassandro, Hero of La Lucha Libre

September 14, 2015 in inQueery

Each Monday, Queer & Present columnist Stan Stansbury features a LGBTQ-related news item from the previous week. Stay informed on everything from policy changes to human interest stories! File this one under “We are Everywhere.” Saul Armendariz is a champion of la lucha libre, Mexico’s answer to the WWF. He is famous as an “exotico” (gay caricature) with the ring name Cassandro. As he is currently world lightweight champion, Lucha VaVoom calls him the Queen of the Ring, and says, “Don’t let…

Multiple Sexual Partners in LGBTQ vs. Straight Community: Promiscuity or Experience?

September 9, 2015 in inQueery

In a piece recently published by YourTango, a cisgender female wrote about the stigma attached to having had 99 sexual partners. InQueery Contributor Dana Schnittman explores these “slut-shaming” discourses in straight versus LGBTQ communities.

Queer and Present: What Will Happen to Safe Spaces in Safer Times?

September 7, 2015 in inQueery

All across the nation, “gaybarhoods” are becoming less gay.

Dystopia and Hamburgers in “Computer Love”

September 2, 2015 in inQueery

Computer Love is a colorful and hopeful comic about queer survival in a futuristic war-torn world. It’s also about hamburgers.

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