Discrimination

“Humor as Lube:” On Comedy and Activism

“Humor as Lube:” On Comedy and Activism

Comedian Kristen Becker made a big splash in my hometown of Buffalo, first as the city’s favorite stand-up comedian and then as the general manager of Helium, a major comedy club bringing national talent to the Buffalo. Lately she’s turned her attention to LGBTQ rights activism, especially in her former home state of Louisiana, a major battleground for human rights (state law currently does not pr... »

Quickies 04/21/2014

Quickies 04/21/2014

NPR has a piece on what it’s like to become a hijra, and India’s new law recognizing them as a third sex. NPR needs to update its style guide on the gendering of transgender people. Alex Kondracke and Angela Robinson are teaming up to produce a TV project about bisexual film legends Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Watch this great oratory on oppression and homophobia. Reina Gossett, ... »

Bisexual but not Binary

Bisexual but not Binary

Hi y’all.* I’m a new contributor to Queereka! This post is about how I came to terms with my bisexuality and the term “bisexual” as a gray-A, non-binary person. I grew up in a small town in PA. No one was gay. “Gay” was just an insult boys hurled at each other. When a family friend got divorced, the rumors that he was gay were just ugly insults, until years late... »

Quickies 04/14/2014

Quickies 04/14/2014

Utah is trying to block adoptions by married same-sex couples. Chelsea Manning is seeking to have her name legally recognized. The army continues to misgender her and hold her in a men’s prison. In a win for intersectionality, there’s a new movie coming out of Brazil about a blind gay teen. The trailer looks good. And finally, who’s to say Israeli men don’t dance to the Spi... »

AI: Mansplaining

AI: Mansplaining

A while ago, when my sister was visiting, somehow the subject of how women are treated differently from men in basically any job they end up in arised, and she came up with an example back where she lives, of a company that will not hire women because they may someday have to take maternity leaves, which would be a financial setback [for the company]. A guy on the table (someone I had never seen b... »

AI: Handling Hate

AI: Handling Hate

December and January are months when I usually spend a lot more time around my parents. Mostly, it’s a nice experience, I love them and miss living with them a lot. But while this extra time spent together brought me a wonderful surprise in my mother’s behavior, my dad’s hasn’t changed at all. »

AI: To queer or not to queer

AI: To queer or not to queer

Recently comics artist Erika Moen published a (NSFW) comic in English and French about experiences she’s had through identifying as queer. Her sexual identity has gone through several significant changes in her life, as documented in this (also NSFW!) edition of her autobiographical webcomic, DAR! (the whole comic is definitely worth a read though). As a woman who once identified as lesbian ... »