If It Makes You Happy: Using Karaoke to Get Over my Anxiety

November 14, 2018 in inQueery

The concept of karaoke is terrifying to many, but in going weekly I have found that getting up onstage and belting out a favorite song has made me more confident and accepting of my flaws.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students

February 21, 2018 in inQueery

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students A far from comprehensive list of methods and resources for supporting students that belong to the LGBTQ+ community, and modeling correct behaviors for other students to become allies. I was in middle school the first time I witnessed a friend (I will call him David) being mocked because someone said he was gay. In groups of four, we turned short stories into skits. My group was assigned a fairy tale, and we chose David to play Prince Charming. The neighboring group ove…

Trans and Mentally Ill: The Struggles of a College Student

August 30, 2017 in inQueery

I am a queer, trans, mentally ill college student. I struggle with an anxiety disorder and being on the bipolar spectrum.  I try to balance my activism, advocacy and schoolwork with self-care and recharge time, my silver lining.  Some days I can masterfully perform an elaborate dance and navigate the day without issue.  Other times my luck runs out and I fail to execute, running out of energy or hitting a seemingly insurmountable roadblock, shattering my focus. There is not a point where my ment…

On Two Spectrums: Autism and Queerness

August 9, 2017 in inQueery

There is plenty of overlap in those who are queer and those who are on the autism spectrum. This is especially true for those who identify as trans. There is a distinct subculture within the community of those who have autism. When you look at the demographics, it’s not surprising that there would be. Research shows that among gender dysphoric youth, there is a 7.8 percent prevalence of autism. For comparison, the prevalence of autism among the general population is around 1.1 percent. Autism’s …

LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Need Your Support!

July 7, 2017 in inQueery

This local organization supports Latino LGBTQ people who have left persecution in their home countries. Learn more about how you can get involved!

Self-Care During Pride

July 5, 2017 in inQueery

Pride Month is the one time of year our media is saturated with LGBT stories and celebrations, but this can be difficult for anyone who isn’t out. There are many reasons a person might be unable to engage in Pride celebrations, and being surrounded by stories of people who are able to could cause negative feelings like anxiety and guilt. Here are some self-care tips for those of you who might have been feeling this way for the past few weeks.

From Stonewall to No Walls

February 6, 2017 in Past Events

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Hip Hop Meets Homophobia

March 12, 2014 in inQueery

While everyone else is busy criticizing Russia’s handling of LBGT issues in wake of the Sochi Olympics, the U.S. has plenty of homophobia to go around when it comes to the rap community. InQueery contributer J.J. Medina explores which artists are the worst offenders, and offers some suggestions on who we should be listening to instead.

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.

Not Your Bigot’s Bible: Matthew Vines and the Reclamation of Bible Verse

November 13, 2013 in inQueery

Matthew Vines has dedicated himself to wiping homophobia out of Christian communities. What began as a research project became a call to activism. Watch his speech here as he refutes the Bible verses commonly used to justify prejudice against LGBTQ folks.

50 Years of Gays in the Media & in the Streets: The 1970’s

November 6, 2013 in inQueery

The long-awaited continuation of the Gays in the Media and in the Streets series is here! Read on to continue the history lesson on the representations of LGBTQ individuals in the media and the movements that accompanied them in the 1970’s.

A New Exodus?

October 30, 2013 in inQueery

Despite the closure of Exodus International and a public apology delivered by Alan Chambers, the fight against the ex-gay movement is far from over. James Guay weighs in as we assess the current situation and evaluate Chambers’ apology.

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!

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