How SESTA/FOSTA Is Going To Affect Us All

May 9, 2018 in inQueery

On April 11th, 2018 Donald Trump signed a dual bill called SESTA/FOSTA into law. This piece of legislation started as an effort to curb online sex-trafficking and had initially received little media attention. However, it has recently come to light that, on top of posing a threat to free speech online, these bills will also hurt an already marginalized community: sex workers. Here’s a quick rundown of SESTA/FOSTA’s goals and possible effects.

Queer & Present – November 2017

November 27, 2017 in inQueery

Hello and welcome to November’s Queer & Present! Here’s a roundup of LGBTQIA+ news that made headlines this month with some of my own analysis. Queer Coffee Events plans first gathering Two coffee workers from San Francisco, RJ Joseph of Counter Culture Coffee and Ellan Kline of Ritual Coffee Roasters, created the events organization Queer Coffee Events in order to support and amplify the voices of queer coffee professionals in the Bay Area. The idea surfaced after the Specialty Coffee Assoc…

Queer & Present: September 2017

September 25, 2017 in inQueery

Hello! Here is September’s Queer & Present, a quick rundown of LGBTQIA+ news and my take on it.     Oakland Pride on Sept. 10 attended by thousands The annual event, a parade from City Hall to 20th and Broadway, garnered thousands of attendees in celebration of Oakland and the East Bay’s queer community. The event was started in 1997, was discontinued in 2004, and restarted in 2008. Far from the hectic festivities of the San Francisco Pride, Oakland Pride is more of a laid-back. “I…

It Gets Bitter – September 2017

September 18, 2017 in inQueery

Our monthly comic feature by Leslie Ewing!

Gay Persecution in Chechnya: What You Should Know

June 21, 2017 in inQueery

These past few months, ominous reports of men being tortured and murdered for being gay have started filtering in from Chechnya. Let’s take a look at some of the facts on hand and consider how this international crisis is evolving.

Queer & Present: 20 Lessons

January 9, 2017 in inQueery

Q&P will feature a new series of lessons learned from European experiences of tyranny in the 20th century. Check back weekly for ways to prepare and respond to the oppression that 2017 may bring – and please participate in the conversation by commenting!

How and Why LGBTQIA+ Communities Should Support NoDAPL Protesters

January 4, 2017 in inQueery

A shining, beautiful beacon of hope has, surprisingly, risen up from the trash and the rubble that was the outcome of the 2016 election: the overwhelming show of support that nearly every marginalized group gave to one another. I have never felt so unified within my own communities and with all others, and with every protest, community event, or meeting that I see or go to I feel better and better about the situation at hand. However, it is going to be important not to let our unity fissure in t…

Carter: The Blame is Mine

November 10, 2016 in inQueery

We’ll be posting responses to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election results as long, and as often, as volunteers would like to write them. Now, more than ever, we must make our voices heard.

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.

Radical Feminists Could Benefit From Expanding Their Definition of Gender

December 10, 2014 in inQueery

A small group of radical feminists ban transgender people from participating in their organizations. These groups have been labeled “transphobic” by the transgender community and other feminists. The groups claim that they…just have a different definition of gender. This article focuses on the radical feminist group, Deep Green Resistance (DGR), and how they could benefit from expanding their definition of gender and from including trans women in their movement.

Homeless LGBT Youth – A Look at Three Centers Lending a Helping Hand

September 10, 2014 in inQueery

Over 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBT. What resources are out there? Guest Writer Aurora Smith presents us with an invaluable list of homeless shelters in the Bay Area that are LGBT-friendly, accommodating, full of activities and educational resources as well!

InQueery News: What’s the Deal with Dating Apps, Richard Nixon, Ohio Swimming Pools and #StayStrongPutin?

July 30, 2014 in inQueery

This week, we talk about our end-of-PRIDE weekend and also bring you some news stories about Richard Nixon, Vladimir Putin, discrimination in Ohio and more! Recorded on July 14, 2014.

Updates on Ending the Ban on Gay Blood

July 23, 2014 in inQueery

This week, we revisit the issue of the ban on donors who are men who have had sex with men with updates on the recent National Gay Blood Drive. The drive took place in over 50 cities across America and this year won’t be the last. Read on and sign the petition to push the White House into reviewing the discriminatory policy that is costing lives.

50 Years of Gays in the Media & in the Streets: The 2000’s

July 16, 2014 in inQueery

The Gay Media and Movements series is sadly coming to an end with this piece on the previous decade in America. Read this most recent installment and revel in how much has changed in such a short time.

InQueery News: Marriage Equality, Wall Street Families and “Sounding Gay”

July 2, 2014 in inQueery

Thank you all for joining us once again for InQueery news LIVE. In this episode, we discuss updates on marriage equality as well as if there’s such a thing as “sounding gay.”

50 Years of Gays in the Media & in the Streets: The 1990’s

June 25, 2014 in inQueery

J.J Medina returns with another overview of a decade that’s upheld as the pinnacle of nostalgia by Millennials. But what about LGBT representation in the media and larger society? Read on to refresh your memory.

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.

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…

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