A reveler, holding a flag, walks past a church during the Gay Pride parade in Lisbon, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Quickies: Portugal Gets Gay Adoption, Philly Gets All-Genders Bathrooms, Leelah Alcorn Memorial

“Portugal Grants Adoption Rights to Same-Sex Couples” – In addition to adoption rights, the new law will increase access to family planning services and reduce restrictions on abortion. Way to go, Portugal! Anti-Gay Laws Deleterious to Fight Against HIV/AIDS – A study looking at former British colonies found higher rates …

People gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper Wednesday, killing 12 people, including the paper's editor, before escaping in a getaway car. It was France's deadliest terror attack in living memory. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Quickies: Terrorist Attacks, Trans Suicide, Religion Vs LGBT

“What Can We Do in the Face of Such Hate?” – By now you’ve all heard about the terrorist attacks that shook Paris and Beruit, and of the ongoing violence in Iraq and Syria. Our thoughts go out to all those injured, all those who lost someone special to them, …


Quickies: Bi-Montly HIV Treatment, HERO Fallout, No Such Thing as Straight Women?

Bi-Monthly HIV Injection as Good as Pills – “A long-acting two-drug injection given once every eight weeks worked as well as three daily pills in suppressing HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a clinical trial backed by Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline.” This is great news for people …


Finding a Home in the Capital of the Silicon Valley is Almost Impossible

It’s raining in San Jose today. It started sometime last night with rolling, grey. Grey I haven’t seen since driving out here from Albany two months ago. It’s a welcome sight. The American West bore the scars of long-term drought. Wyoming was blond with dead grass along the I-80. Nevada’s …


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Health and Medicine

Health / Medicine

I’m Not Dead! Real Life Just Caught Up with Me

Apart from Jac’s Monday Quickies, things have been pretty quiet here at Queereka for the past few weeks. Apparently there’s this thing called “real life” that sneaks up on you sometimes. At least it has for me. For starters, I’m currently unemployed. I don’t want to get into the details, …



BDSMFeaturedGenderIntersectionalityPolitics / ActivismPolyamoryReader Questions & Comments

Queer: What’s In A Word?

Over on the Queereka Facebook page, someone left a couple of comments in response to Benny’s fantastic post about the “born this way” narrative. I think the issue that came up in the comments there is worth exploring in a bit more depth. Image Transcript: Eden Munday: It seems inappropriate …



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) …