Volleyball seniors dominate in last home game

November 17, 2015 Sports

With bouquets in hand and tears streaming down their faces, three graduating seniors on SF State’s volleyball team took to the Swamp Gymnasium for their final home game last week. Jaclyn Clark, Arianna Cruz and Jessica Nicerio returned Friday for a game that saw the Gators steamroll the visiting California State University, San Marcos Cougars in ...

Secret love affairs: sexy or detrimental?

November 10, 2015 Opinion

I’ve never dated a married man, but I imagine it feels a lot like dating someone who is in the closet. Coming into one’s own sexuality can be a beautiful experience. “Coming out” is a time when you are first starting to welcome your own sexual preferences and learning to accept and embrace your most authentic ...

Queering the Castro brings stories of Intimacy into public spaces

October 28, 2015 Life

What is the purpose of spoken word or performance art? For some, performance art serves as a tool to merely express their frustrations. For the queer, trans, people of color participating in Radar’s Queering the Castro, Hella Close: Stories of Queer Intimacy series, however their readings of private, personal and vulnerable love stories serve as platform ...

Female masturbation isn’t a sin; it empowers women

October 7, 2015 Opinion

The girls I’ve befriended over the years discuss practically every detail about their sex lives. They compare the size of their boyfriend’s penises, the number of partners they’ve slept with, who had the latest pregnancy or STD scare, the desire to experiment with the same sex and they even discuss their fears of being raped. These ...

Queer community calls for safe spaces

September 16, 2015 Life

When the new assistant director for SF State’s Queer Resource Center from University of California, Davis, she expected to see a lot more support for queer and trans students than what currently exists on campus. “I came to SF State for grad school because I wanted to find more queer students of color like myself,” Lindy ...

Free The Nipple Campaign: A breast bearing fight for equality

September 1, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

I posted a topless photo of myself on various social media platforms over the weekend– not because I was seeking attention, but because I was trying to prove a point. First, I freed the nips on Tumblr. Within minutes of posting the photo, it was immediately re-blogged by a porn site, and a male acquaintance from my hometown sent me ...

Rainbow Floor: A dorm environment aimed at community

May 13, 2015 Life

Hallways decorated in brightly colored murals and LGBT artwork is what University Park North Area Coordinator Paul Renolis said he envisions for the future of the Rainbow Floor he helped implement for SF State residents in Spring 2014. The Rainbow Floor is located in building A on the second floor of the , and is one ...

Sexual orientation more than just a label

May 13, 2015 Opinion

Recently I discussed the concept of sexuality with one of my classmates and when she asked me to define my own sexual orientation, like many of my friends have done in the past, I did not have an answer for her. My reason for not answering her question was not because I don’t know how to define my sexual orientation ...

Mobile app finds gender-neutral bathrooms for nonconforming people

May 6, 2015 Life Multimedia

Click through the above image to see where gender-neutral bathrooms are located on campus.  Data collected from sfsu.edu (Produced by Eva Barragan). Deciding which restroom to walk into isn’t normally thought of as difficult or confusing task. For individuals whose sex does not align with their gender identity, however, using the restroom can be stressful ...

Students strut in heels to raise awareness for sexual violence

April 28, 2015 Life

The men of on-campus Latino organization Hermanos Unidos ditched their sneakers and strapped on high heels to help raise awareness for survivors of sexual assault during the Walk In Their Heels event in Malcolm X Plaza April 20. SF State psychology major Wilton Marin, a member of Hermanos Unidos, said wearing heels was a fairly positive experience, but he noticed a lot of ...

Egg donation holds more value than just money

April 28, 2015 Opinion 50 Comments

I always thought women who sold their eggs for money were only characters in Lifetime movies or weird 20-something college dropouts trying to make a quick buck. A few months ago, however, a friend of mine told me she was planning on studying abroad and when I asked her how she was financing her trip, she casually replied, “Oh, ...

CockTales promotes student discussion on gender through performance

April 22, 2015 Life

Before being diagnosed with the painful musculoskeletal condition Fibromyalgia halfway through his sophomore year of college, 24-year-old Nathan Barone associated being a man with his ability to play sports. “It forced me to surrender and understand I won’t be able to do the things that were part of my identity as man,” Barone said. “It left me ...

Trans activist uses life story and music to educate public

April 14, 2015 Life

During an open mic night performance, singer-songwriter Ryan Otto Cassata exuded a confident demeanor that he said has been the key to his national recognition as a civil rights activist in the transgender community. Cassata, a former SF State Student, said he came to the realization that he wanted to live his life as a female-to-male transgender ...

HIV survivor shares personal story in hopes to educate

March 18, 2015 Life 18 Comments

When Gladys “Gizzy” Somarriba found out she tested positive for HIV in January of 2013, she immediately worried about what her family would think of her. “I told my mom over a text message, asking her if she would still love me,” Somarriba said. “I was crying hysterically, I was embarrassed. I didn’t want her ...

Students respond to 50 Shades of Grey hype

March 12, 2015 Life 1 Comment

For SF State freshman Ariana Fletcher, bondage/discipline/sadism/masochism is more than a trend brought on by the new film “Fifty Shades of Grey”. BDSM is her sex life. Though the controversial blockbuster aroused enough viewers to make it the highest grossing R-rated film after its first weekend in theaters, for 18-year-old Fletcher, the film portrayed her ...

Students utilize social apps to look for love

February 25, 2015 Life 2 Comments

Cassidy Napolitano knew that when she started using the well-known dating app, Tinder, it would be an interesting experience, but in an age where the average person spends 162 minutes on their mobile device per day, according to a study done by Geek Wire, she had no idea true love may be as easy as swiping left or right. “I was embarrassed ...

It is more about the gifts than the love for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2015 Opinion

For those who are single, Valentine’s Day may not mean much. It acts only as a reminder that there is no “special someone” to present you with extravagant gifts. I suppose in some ways that makes single individuals lucky–it means they have nothing to prove. For couples on the other hand, this day cannot be ignored. The constant flower, Hallmark ...