Misogyny in Queer Spaces

May 10, 2017 in inQueery

Why do we devalue femininity in the queer community? In a space we have created for those that don’t fit, that are different, that are isolated by a centuries-old oppressive system, why is it that some of the most basic, ugly, oppressive values seep into that space? It’s obvious to anyone that’s a part of the modern queer community that it has issues. Racism exists in our spaces, transphobia and biphobia exist in our spaces, and those problems are worthy of their own long conversations. I’ll pro…

Queer & Present: Lesson 3, Recall Professional Ethics

January 30, 2017 in inQueery

Timothy Snyder’s 3rd lesson in preserving democracy is to recall professional ethics. Do you know what your profession’s ethical codes are? How do you promote them?

Queer and Present: This Week’s News – Some Good, Some Not

March 9, 2016 in inQueery

Around the nation, this week’s news items present an image of mixed success for LGBTQ issues.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Queer Comic Review: Orientation Police

January 8, 2014 in inQueery

In this short autobiographical comic, Bill Roundy explores the aspect of his most recent relationships that seems to attract extra scrutiny from a wide variety of busybodies. More importantly, he explores exactly what’s wrong with those snap judgements.

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…

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