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March 7, 2011

Take Queer 101!

Queer 101 is awesome! If you’re looking for a class full of cool people and interesting discussion that doesn’t come with a whole lot of work you should definitely consider taking it. The official description reads: “Queer 101 is a 2 credit discussion style class focusing on the analysis of Queer/ LGBTQ histories, contemporary issues…


March 1, 2011

Spread the Word to End the Word

I recently came across this Facebook event, titled “Spread the Word to End the Word,” and decided to do exactly that: spread the word. Spread the Word to End the Word is a campaign all over the world meant to eliminate the wrong and offensive use of the word “retard” or “retarded” so often utilized…


February 25, 2011

if it walks like a man, if it talks like a man, if it smells like a man…

Dear questioner of my vagina’s existence, It was a fine snowy evening when I walked into the “women’s bathroom” on the second floor of Mary Gates Hall. I had just finished my favorite class, Bioengineering Research, and a 32 oz bottle of Rain Berry Gatorade. Hoping to avoid “spilling my lemonade” on the one hour…


I am a hypothetical zygote-American murderer

I just read this Feministe post about Georgian state Representative Bobby Franklin’s new bill that would require Georgian women to report instances of miscarriage (since, in the words of Jill from Feministe “fetuses are Georgian citizens and their deaths are potential crimes”). Jill issues this challenge: “I think we should help Georgia out. Since life begins at…


February 24, 2011

Obama on DOMA – thanks for the gesture?

I don’t mean to come off super pessimistic about this, so first of all I want to unequivocally state that I think Obama’s reversing the administration’s position on defending DOMA is awesome, and a great step in the right direction for gay rights.* Among other things, it states their legal opinion that “‘classifications based on…


February 23, 2011

Just Because I’m Brown…

A few weeks ago, at a place in downtown Seattle where I volunteer, a man walked in the door and asked where he could set up his prayer mat. He was wearing a traditional Muslim cap and a long white dress with pants underneath, similar to some traditional clothes often seen worn by Muslim men….


In Defense of My Countries, My Identities

I have always been in search of words to describe myself. Usually I’ve found the words to be too limiting, too uniform. It has been only the past few years or so that I have had to confront my social identity, my relation to others, my past and eventually my future. Born and raised in…


Q Center Birthday Blog: We Need Technology!

The Q Center turns seven years old today, and a lot has changed since our doors opened in 2005. We now have Jennifer Self as our full time director, more students across the campus are accessing the center as a safe space, and Lavender Graduation, which started as three graduating seniors, now averages over fifty…


February 22, 2011

Utopian visioning: let’s queer it up!

So, I’m taking this class called Utopian Visions for Social Change. Kind of a mouthful, right? Well,  the topics we talk about in class is even bigger and more complicated to sort through, but it’s fantastic to vision as a group. We work towards learning how we will act to create social change in our…


February 21, 2011

culturally queer

My parents never forget to remind of their good intentions: “We say this because we love you.” But with so much of my life hidden from their peripheries, I wonder if they can fathom the thought of their little girl standing up on her own two feet and taking charge of her own life. When…



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