A Review of “HICK: A Love Story”

January 14, 2015 in inQueery

“HICK: A Love Story” is a one-woman show about the lesbian relationship between Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt. It is playing from January 2-25, 2015 at the Berkeley City Club. This article gives more information about the play and when to see it.

Invisibility Series: Bisexuality

December 3, 2014 in inQueery

Guest writer Aurora Smith returns to her series on invisibility with a new subset of the LGBT population – bisexuals. Despite being one of the four letters of the common acronym for the gay community, bisexuals are often ignored, overlooked, and stereotyped by not only their fellow non-heterosexuals but also by the straight side of the world. With both sides shunning and mislabeling bisexuals, where do they fit? And why all the anti-bisexual bias in the first place?

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!

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.

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.

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.

Could a Successful Marriage Equality Push Come From the Right?

February 5, 2014 in inQueery

We have all heard that support for same-sex marriage is creeping up across the country but the source of the biggest jump may surprise you: a significant push is coming from the right. With marriage equality falling off the radar for average Democrats, is it possible that it will actually be the Republicans that will deliver us equal rights?

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.

Sexually Transmitted HPV & Cancer

August 28, 2013 in inQueery

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Some types of the virus may lead to cervical, anal, penile or throat cancer. Other types cause genital warts. A vaccine that was first approved and recommended for young women has since been recommended for young men, too.

Real Talk with Dr. Carrington: Part Deux

August 7, 2013 in inQueery

This week we finish our talk with Dr. Carrington about marriage, family life, and domesticity. See what he has to say about living in a just unjust society, healthcare reform, and his new project about gay holidays.

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…

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…

Cock Talk (Part 1)

March 20, 2013 in inQueery

Zander Keig gave his presentation, Cock Talk, to a packed Cal classroom on a cool Saturday afternoon. And talk about cocks he certainly did. His presentation at the Transgender Law Center’s Weekend Summit was one of many that aimed to raise awareness of the health, legal, and social issues that are pertinent to the transgender community

We’re in this Together: Awareness and Passion can Make a Difference

March 14, 2013 in inQueery

Devon Yaffe was looking to spread the word about a documentary he had filmed for his Senior Project at Hollywood High titled Overcoming Adversities as a Gay Teen: One Generation at a Time. He found us and we are proud to present his story to you. Devon’s documentary consists of interviews with gay men from all different age groups and backgrounds. A lot of men had never shared these stories before and I expressed to him – and he agreed – how important this was. I believe this piece of both…

Is there a science to our difference? A characterization of homosexuality.

February 19, 2013 in inQueery

“The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision,” rap Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis in their 2012 hit song Same Love. If you haven’t been paying attention to the news, I’ll sum up what’s been going on: being not heterosexual is contentious. So really – is it a decision, a physiological predisposition precipitated by social circumstances, or simply a way of existing for humankind? Research efforts in genetics, psychiatry, and neuroscience have been attempting to pursue an answer to this que…

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