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.

Trans* Representation in the Media

November 5, 2014 in inQueery

A hot topic these days is the representation of trans* people in the media. Some people claim that trans* is the new gay– now that gay rights have gained traction with the majority (60% of states have marriage equality) that it is time to focus on a more marginalized population of the LGBT community, transgender people.

InQueery News Live: September Edition

October 22, 2014 in inQueery

Leo and Katie once again find themselves at a UC Berkeley studio to dish on life, love, good news and bad news. In this edition, Tinder is the gift that keeps on giving — things to talk about, that is. There’s also talk of a fake gay marriage and good news for transgender youth!

Invisibility Series: Butch Lesbians

October 14, 2014 in inQueery

Guest writer Aurora Smith returns to her series on Invisibility with a second installment focusing this time on butch lesbians. Butch lesbians can be read as heterosexual men in public spaces, but is that the only way they’re invisible?

Queer Comic Review: Gunnerkrigg Court

August 27, 2014 in inQueery

Gunnerkrigg Court is a beautiful fantasy webcomic that explores the lines between myth and reality, magic and technology, and adventure versus the looming threat of homework. And it’s got some pretty good kisses in it, too.

Letting Go of “Manning Up”

August 6, 2014 in inQueery

In this article, Guest Contributor Connor Payne explores how men are taught through American culture to suppress emotion and embrace a limited and disconnected perspective of the world. The desensitization that men experience contributes to various social ills in our society, namely sexism and homophobia. If we work at undoing this cultural norm, maybe we can undo some of the hatred embedded in this country.

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.

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.

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

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.

One of Many

January 22, 2014 in inQueery

The Transgender Law Center’s Transgender Leadership Summit was held in the Summer of 2012. Stephanie Mott wrote about all the things she learned, felt and took with her as she came to visit from the Midwest.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

November 27, 2013 in inQueery

Transgender Day of Remembrance honors our transgender brothers, sisters and kinfolk for all that they are or were, for those we have lost. They are in our hearts and minds everyday but it is important to have a nationally recognized day to spread awareness about the specific struggles they face. May those we have lost rest in peace and those we still have with us be safe.

California Lawmakers Recognize Transgender Student Rights

September 18, 2013 in inQueery

Transgender students in public schools now have the legal right to use school facilities appropriate for their gender identity. Assembly Bill 1266 (“AB1266”) was signed by the governor in August. The law becomes effective immediately. Read on to find out exactly what this bill is and what lies ahead.

Breaking the Girls: A Film Review

July 17, 2013 in inQueery

An edgy new lesbian film debuted at Frameline 2013. The film isn’t just about a sapphic love affair, but is also an intense ride full of murder, deception and desire. InQueery blog staff editor Jax reviews ‘Breaking The Girls.’ The film opens this August, be sure to check it out!

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…

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…

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…

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