Invisibility Series: Elderly LGBT

February 4, 2015 in inQueery

In the fourth and final installment of her invisibility series, guest writer Aurora Smith discusses the plight of the LGBT elderly. Invisible in different ways than their younger counterparts, LGBT elderly face daily struggles that the younger generation can and should not only relate to, but help with.

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.

Racism and LGBT Representation in TV

October 29, 2014 in inQueery

In this article, Connor Payne explores the possibility and reality of racism in television shows through an examination of LGBT characters that either do fit in, or do not fit in with the stereotypes of their socially created status in society.

The Implications of LGBT Empirical Studies

September 17, 2014 in inQueery

InQueery Writer Connor Payne offers a critical look at empirical studies on human behavior, from what some call “gayness” to politically conservative stereotypes. Are we taking scientific studies too heavily at face value and assuming too readily that there is a clear-cut reason for our differences? Read on to delve further into this interesting take.

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!

A Social Epidemic from a Medical Perspective: The Work of Joep Lange

August 20, 2014 in inQueery

Guest Writer Meredith Tsang reports on the impact of the Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in which an HIV/AIDS researcher, Joep Lange, was killed and put his work into the larger social context of HIV/AIDS history and research. The focus of the article is how HIV/AIDS epidemic is not only a medical and biological issue but also greatly affected and impacted by the social which in turn can affect access to treatment and care. Lange’s work is a great discussion point on what approaches can be used to …

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.”

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…

Blood Is Thicker Than Water

April 30, 2014 in inQueery

“Coming out of the closet” can be a daunting task because, for many queer folks, there is a fear of rejection within the family. However, there have not been any empirical studies on this issue until recently. Emma L explores some studies that report the effects of family acceptance and rejection on the mental health and well-being of LGBTQQ youth.

The Battles Won and the Boycotts: When is Enough Enough?

April 23, 2014 in inQueery

While a sea of change is on the way for LBGT individuals everywhere, what about those who publicly resisted it? JJ Medina explores the unlikely consequences for businesses and individuals who opposed same-sex legislation.

HIV Equal: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?

March 26, 2014 in inQueery

InQueery Writer Shannon Grooms outlines the HIV Equal campaign and its vision, also addressing the criticisms around representation they have faced.

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.

The Serosorting Dilemma

January 29, 2014 in inQueery

Is serosorting really the best way to protect oneself from the HIV virus? InQueery blog contributor JJ Medina explores this hot button issue on a controversial safe-sex practice that might not be so safe after all.

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.

The Politics of Banning Gay Blood

January 15, 2014 in inQueery

A gay man walks into a blood-donation center, but the punch-line is anything but funny. Get our story on what happens when gay men try donate blood, and those advocating for changes to the restrictive rules on it.

SF State Student Film Sheds Awareness In Time For World AIDS Day

December 1, 2013 in inQueery

World AIDS Day is coming up December 1st this year and we’ve come a long way in terms of treatment, awareness and education. Dollii Williams, a student at San Francisco State University, recently made a short film exploring the stigma around HIV. Pacific Center’s Katie Tims learns the story behind the film and what the SF State community is doing to further education on HIV/AIDS.

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