The Americas Come out Against LGBT Discrimination

August 14, 2013 in inQueery

Today we’re focusing on the prevention of organized discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexual, and trans individuals through the OAS convention held in Guatemala. Come read about which countries supported the measure and which ones had a very vocal opposition towards it.

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!

New Laws Spell Disaster for Queers in Russia

July 10, 2013 in inQueery

What’s happening with Gay Rights in Russia!? This week, the lower House of Parliament, the Duma, passed two federal anti-gay legislative bills. The first bill bans the spread of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” among minors;. the second law follows banning adoption not only for foreign gay couples but single foreigners from any country where same sex marriage is has been legalized.

Real Talk with: Dr. Carrington

July 3, 2013 in inQueery

Dr. Carrington, a professor of the Sexuality Studies department at San Francisco State University, allows us some time to talk about LBGT family life, gender identity, equality, and why same-sex marriage rights are a double-edged sword in the first half of this two-part interview.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

June 26, 2013 in inQueery

Blindness is often thought to be one of the most limiting conditions a person can have. A number of complex issues arise when blindness and queer identities intersect. Rachel Longan speaks with us about some of the exciting new things being done to raise awareness.

What About Gay Divorce?

June 19, 2013 in inQueery

For LGBTQ couples trying to get a divorce is even harder than trying to get married. Why is it so difficult for same-sex couples to get a divorce?

50 Years of Gays in the Media & in the Streets: The 1960’s

June 5, 2013 in inQueery

The 60’s were a trying time for the LBGTQ community with various movements under way and their respective images in the media. This article explores LBGTQ representations in the media and the movements that fought against discrimination from the law, harassment from peers, and unfair depictions of who an LBGTQ individual was and their driving motivations in the world.

Baby Maybe?

May 22, 2013 in inQueery

This article attempts to offer insight into the internal, emotional process of LGBT adoption. This glimpse comes through interviews with several members of the Adopt a Special Kid (AASK) organization, a bay area group dedicated to helping couples and individuals transition into “non-traditional” families, as well as individuals who have already gone through the adoption process.

Undocuqueer

May 13, 2013 in inQueery

Being queer and undocumented, an individual might fear both domestic hatred and international persecution. Despite what should be universal human rights, being undocuqueer (both queer and undocumented) can result in the exclusion from both institutions and benefits guaranteed to heterosexual partners and citizens. Perhaps even scarier is the complicated (and often dangerous) reality of being queer in an immigrant’s original home.

In Leslie We Trust

May 6, 2013 in inQueery

Leslie Ewing has dedicated her life to fighting for LGBTQ rights. In this article, she shares some of her experiences during her career as an activist and offers insight into the next steps in our struggles for social justice.

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

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