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…

Our Community’s Thoughts on Pride: How are we presenting ourselves?

July 12, 2017 in inQueery

The point of Pride may have changed over the years, and Samantha asks how we can make sure it is still putting our best face forward. What do you think? Can Pride be doing harm? Give your opinion in the comments!

Queer & Present: Lesson 1, Do Not Obey in Advance

January 16, 2017 in inQueery

Foucault wrote that states depend on self-governing citizens. Don’t limit yourself in anticipation of a more repressive society.

Lesbians Who Tech

August 3, 2016 in inQueery

The Bay Area-based organization Lesbians Who Tech creates a network and community for queer women working in the tech industry through its diverse leadership team.

The Kari and Emily Show

April 29, 2015 in inQueery

Lesbian comics Kari McCullough and comedic partner Emily Drevets perform “The Kari and Emily Show” at theaters in San Francisco. I saw one of their shows at the EXIT Theater and was pleasantly surprised by their use of sketches, improv, and stand-up. This hilarious duo performed a show unlike any I had seen before. Don’t miss it!

Being a Gay Father

February 11, 2015 in inQueery

Carter Serrett is a second generation Gay Parent. At the age of 12 his mother left a conservative religion and came out as a lesbian. While his mother was in the process of “coming out” Carter started to come to terms with his own identity as a gay man. Today Carter is the proud biological father of a 14 year old boy that he co-parents with his son’s Papa and his son’s two mother’s. Not always easy, but often humorous. Carter has been on both ends of the gay parenting equation and he bring…

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Racism and LGBT Representation in TV

October 29, 2014 in inQueery

In this article, Connor Payne explores the possibility and reality of racism in television shows through an examination of LGBT characters that either do fit in, or do not fit in with the stereotypes of their socially created status in society.

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.

Invisibility Series: Queer Femmes

September 24, 2014 in inQueery

Guest Writer Aurora Smith discusses femme queers in the first installment of a four-part Invisibility Series. Who are femme queers and why are they “invisible”? What can we do to change society’s (and our own!) way of seeing these women? Read on to learn more.

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.

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