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 …

Is Transgender-specific Healthcare Really Expensive?

August 2, 2017 in inQueery

About a week ago, President Donald Trump cited health care costs as part of a reason to exclude transgender individuals from military service.  Let’s take a closer look at that claim. The data A 2016 RAND analysis (which explored the potential effects of allowing openly transgender people to serve in the military) discussed the cost of health care related to gender transition. Per year, an estimated 29-129 active service members may elect transition treatment that could interfere with thei…

Queer & Present – July 2017

July 31, 2017 in inQueery

In some places, we saw magic and new celebrations; in others, we saw new anti-LGBTQ lawsuits.

From Stonewall to No Walls

February 6, 2017 in Past Events

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.

InQueery News Live with Special Guest, InQueery News Writer JJ Part 2

November 19, 2014 in inQueery

Writer JJ joins up with Leo and Katie yet again to throw their ideas around at each other – all in the name of staying informed and amused. Domestic and communal bliss and challenges abound in this episode of InQueery News Live. Topics of discussion include: Spain, the anticipation and appeal of feline fun times at Cat Town in Oakland and rat infestations. News stories cover everything from a new inclusive dating site, successful fundraising for LGBT homeless youth and Dolly Parton telling it li…

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?

An Open Letter to Allies

October 1, 2014 in inQueery

InQueery Guest Writer Alex tackles the tricky subject of allies in our LGBTQA+ community and brings up some important issues that have been avoided when it comes to space, identity and support.

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!

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.

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.

LGBT Characters in Video Games

April 9, 2014 in inQueery

There’s no doubt LBGT dollars go towards video games, but how much are we really represented in that medium? JJ Medina takes a closer look at several LBGT characters who have shaped this past generation’s landscape. (MINOR SPOILERS INSIDE FOR GTA 4, Street Fighter X Tekken and The Last of Us).

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.

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.

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