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Prison Beyond OITNB

CN: drugs, gang violence, prison abuse, PTSD Hey all. I hope you’re enjoying the Orange Is The New Black recaps we’ve been posting for the past couple of weeks. As you can tell, a lot of us here at Queereka have been binge watching the show. Maybe you have too. …

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What It’s like to Go to A Night Club in SF The Night After Marriage Equality Passes (And Ruby Rose Is DJing)

You will realize that Ruby Rose is just as drop dead gorgeous in real life After careful observation you conclude that it was her cheekbones that cut heternormativity in half. Also she’s unexpectedly tiny. You could probably pick her up and spin her around dramatically while making out without ever …


Quickies: Marriage Equality, Obama Interrupted, Meningitis Outbreak

SCOTUS Brings Marriage to All – By now most readers will already know that the US Supreme Court ruled Friday that marriage was a constitutionally protected right, guaranteeing the rights of same-sex couples in all 50 states to wed. Go to any major gay news source for additional coverage. Marriage Ruling …


Why I’m Both Happy And Cynical About Yesterday’s Marriage Equality Ruling

Yesterday was a milestone for the LGBT+ movement; the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. What seemed at first as just a dream is now a reality for many same-sex couples in America. As I write this, more than twenty-four hours after …


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  • User AvatarBecca Stareyes { Reminds me a bit of the final scene of Star Wars: A New Hope*. It's a major victory, but the viewer knows the problem isn't... } – Jun 27, 4:12 PM
  • User Avatarcriticaldragon1177 { Jac, This is great news! Glad the court made the right decision and sided with marriage equality. Now we have to work hard to extend... } – Jun 26, 4:07 PM
  • User Avatarwispfox { This was a fascinating read, thank you! I only found god as a young catholic while singing in the folk group, never while praying. But... } – Jun 24, 5:00 PM
  • User Avatarfaradn { I agree that there are a fair number of conventionally attractive women in the show, but for the most part they seem to be acknowledged... } – Jun 22, 1:05 PM
  • User Avatarslyveit { I find it interesting you think that OITNB was at all above Hollywood Homely, because other than the recovered addicts like Pennsatucky, all of the... } – Jun 21, 10:00 PM
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Health and Medicine

FamilyFeaturedHealth / MedicineIntersectionalityPsychology

What is Loneliness?

Members of the LGBT community are disproportionately isolated from friends and family. Some of us have been rejected by our families. Many of us have been forced to move far away from the towns where we grew up in order to find more accepting communities. Much is made of LGBT …



epa04756534 The Irish tricolour flag flies from a building behind a poster calling for a Yes vote in the Same Sex Marriage Referendum , in Dublin, Republic of Ireland 19 May 2015. Latest polls on the referendum, to take place on 22 may, suggest the country will vote in favour of a Yes vote.  EPA/Aidan Crawley
FamilyFeaturedPolitics / Activism

Irish Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

The Irish are going to the polls today to vote on a referendum on whether to legalize same-sex marriage in Ireland. The referendum has been hotly debated for months. So far, the turnout is even hire than expected. From the Irish Times, Ireland is the first country to vote on …



Cross-CulturalismHealth / MedicineSkepticism

That’s Not Skepticism, It’s Ethnocentric Xenophobia

I am a medical anthropologist. As such, I spend much of my time reading about and studying medicine as a sociocultural practice, particularly the ways that culture influences biomedical and public health practices. One of the reasons I went into medical anthropology was that I took a fantastic undergraduate Medical …




Queering Ecology and Greening the Rainbow

I recently attended a panel discussion on why inclusive workplaces are an essential part of environmental sustainability and how to make workplaces inclusive. The material presented was interesting in its own right, but what it really got me thinking about was how infrequently these two movements (queer rights and environmentalism) …