LGBTQ

Poetry Center hosts award-winning queer writers

September 19, 2018 Life 0 Comments

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the critically acclaimed SF State Poetry Center hosted Whiting Award 2018 recipients, Brontez Purnell, and Tommy Pico, both prolific writers within contemporary LGBTQ+ spoken word and performance. Purnell, originally from Alabama, has been performing and writing in the Bay Area for over ten years. He is the frontman of the local ...

Free HIV and STI testing at SF State

April 25, 2018 News

The Health Promotion and Wellness unit and SF Aids Foundation united together to provide free HIV and STI screenings to LGBTQ+ students at SF State. Jose Francisco, a health education and public health major and intern with the Health Promotion and Wellness unit, is responsible for putting the entire event together. The event was brought ...

Swapping tags

March 19, 2018 Life

The Fifth Annual Clothing Swap at SF State is an opportunity for students to get rid of old clothes, discover some new wardrobe pieces and be a part of a great cause. The Clothing Swap allows people to donate unwanted clothing without having to make the trip to thrift stores in the city, giving students ...

Open Mic provides safe space

March 14, 2018 Life 2 Comments

To some, the popular song “Express Yourself,” written and sung by Charles Wright and The Watts, is more than just a song to SF State’s LGBTQ+ students. It’s a safe space to express yourself. Safe zones play a pivotal role in fostering a safe campus environment by building a support system through a channel of ...

Exhibit explores LGBTQ community

February 21, 2018 Life

SF State’s design space is exhibiting an interactive installation where members of the LGBTQ community are featured through hand-drawn portraits in an effort to emphasize the dynamic history of the queer community through mid-March. The project, A People’s Museum of LGBTQ History, was inspired by creators Kate Jarboe and M. Wright. The two became inspired ...

More LGBTQ+ visibility can lower stigmas

December 6, 2017 Opinion

From the legalization of same sex marriage to the inception of all-gender public restrooms, this nation has made some remarkable progress when it comes to accepting and supporting LGBTQ+ individuals as members of society. However, it’s undeniable that Donald Trump’s anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, from his campaign to his presidency, has made all of this progress seem ...

A Day Without Womxn: SF State’s Spin on the National Event

March 13, 2017 Life News

Students and allies gathered in Malcolm X Plaza to recognize “A Day Without Womxn” Tuesday afternoon. “We want to represent women who can’t leave school or work,” said 19-year-old Chloe Bogle, a political science major. “It’s our way or resisting.”   Though the event was organized by San Francisco Students Resist, other student organizations were ...

SF State’s library hosts post-election LGBTQ+ community discussion

December 16, 2016 Life

This past Wednesday, SF State’s Paul J. Leonard library housed a discussion regarding the current state of health and welfare within the LGBTQ+ community. Mickey Eliason, assistant dean of Faculty Development & Scholarship at the College of Health and Social Sciences coordinated the discussion, which encompassed thoughts, observations and opinions from nine attendees, including assistant ...

Research fuels evaluation of campus climate for LGBTQ+ students

November 2, 2016 News

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story had misspellings of the names “Darius Bost” and “Colleen Hoff.” Additionally, the acronym “CREGS” was missing an “S” at the end.  Students, staff and faculty will submit a letter to SF State administration addressing concerns about the campus climate toward LGBTQ+ students and recommendations on how to work ...

LGBT History Month forgets own history

October 21, 2016 Opinion 3 Comments

When you visit the LGBT History Month’s website, you’re presented with a list of 31 famous members of the community, one for each day of the month. These icons, as they’re referred to on the website, are selected based on their success in their career, their status as a celebrity or political figure, or their ...

LGBTQ+ filmmakers screen documentary for National Coming Out Day

October 19, 2016 Life

When beginning their documentary, S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons decided on the title first — a title meant to represent outrunning bigotry and running forward into progress. “Out Run” was the result five years later, with the goal to inspire and unite the LGBTQ+ community. The documentary was screened at SF State’s Coppola Theatre ...

Multi-published author and gay rights activist visits SF State

April 7, 2016 Life

Sarah Schulman was six years old when she first started putting pen to paper, and has not stopped writing since. At first it was a portrait of the history of baseball that she wrote without any sources and out of free imagination and plays that she made her siblings act out. Later her writings became novels, ...

Trans people need more than a day of mourning

April 4, 2016 Opinion

March 31 is Transgender Day of Visibility. If you weren’t aware, or didn’t even know that such a day existed, that’s understandable. It’s typical for trans people to be invisible, at least until we are brutally murdered for simply existing. It then becomes a grotesque kind of hyper-visibility that makes a spectacle of our deaths and ...

Underserved Bisexual Students More Likely to Binge Drink, Study Finds

March 29, 2016 News 3 Comments

LGBTQ-affirming environments are ineffective in protecting bisexual students from already higher rates of alcohol abuse, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Researchers found that while binge drinking by their heterosexual and homosexual peers decreased as school support for LGBTQ students increased, bisexual students were left unaffected, suggesting ...

Education is the only way to root out transphobia

November 17, 2015 Opinion

Although San Francisco is often thought of a safe haven for LGBTQ community, the ugly reality of transphobic violence and discrimination tells a different story. Time and time again, we are reminded that being transgender in our society is misunderstood and feared. The U.S. as a whole must shift its reliance on the gender binary ...

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 ...

Transgender students report highest levels of sexual assault

September 30, 2015 News

Transgender and gender-nonconforming students experience higher levels of sexual assault, according to the Association of American Universities’ Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct released Sept. 21. In the report, 31 percent of transgender, genderqueer, questioning or non-conforming students said they had experienced some kind of unwanted sexual contact since enrolling in college, including ...

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 ...

President Wong lifts controversial ban on University travel to Indiana

April 17, 2015 News

SF State President Leslie E. Wong lifted the ban on University-funded travel to Indiana Friday. The lift of the ban would take effect immediate, Wong said in a mass email.  Wong implemented the ban last month in protest to the state’s religious freedom laws. “I believe that statements made by businesses, municipalities and our University helped to shed ...

SF State’s second annual Lavender Graduation celebrates the accomplishments of the LGBTQQIA on campus

May 18, 2014 News

When most people imagine lavender, they imagine a flower, or a purplish hue. But for many queer graduates at SF State, lavender represents something more personal: an accomplishment. Forty-nine graduating students of SF State’s LGBTQQIA community gathered in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center for the second consecutive Lavender Graduation ceremony on ...

“Queer Your Rights” conference educates LGBT students on rights for housing, employment

February 21, 2014 News

[set_id=72157641286296534] The Queer Resource Center put on the first “Queer Your Rights” conference last Thursday in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. The event was hosted by the Queer Resource Center, in conjunction with the Legal Resource Center, and ASI. Its  purpose was to educate students in the LGBT community about the legal rights and resources that are ...

Professor documents transgender Filipina running for Congress in Manila

February 5, 2014 Life

An SF State cinema professor’s documentary shows the world of LGBTQ political struggles from the view of a transgender woman running for office in the Philippines. Director Johnny Symons is a recent recipient of a grant from the Frameline Completion Fund for his and fellow director Leo Chiang’s documentary, “Out Run.” The grant received 112 ...

LGBTQ activists contend for rights beyond marriage equality

August 26, 2013 News

The recent Supreme Court decision repealing Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in June moved the LGBTQ community one step closer to equality and set off celebrations across the city. The fight for total equality, however, rages on. Deborah Brown, sociology and sexual studies lecturer said issues of greater importance are being overlooked. ...

Supreme Court dismisses Prop. 8, SF celebrates

June 26, 2013 News 1 Comment

The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage went viral Wednesday morning with groundbreaking news for gay rights advocates. The high court struck out DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), a federal law enacted in 1996 that acknowledged marriage as a union between a man and a women. The majority of the court also declared Proposition ...

SF State gators float into Pride parade

May 26, 2013 Life News 2 Comments

This year SF State will once again be joining one of the country’s largest LGBTQ celebrations at the San Francisco Pride parade June 30 — and this time with a float. “The Pride parade is an extraordinary opportunity for the University to show our support for and pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” SF State President ...

Queer Resource Center hosts first inaugural Lavender Graduation

May 24, 2013

[HTML1] Saturday May 18, 40 graduating students of SF State’s queer community, along with their supporting friends and families, gathered to attend the first Lavender Graduation at SF State. In light of the Associated Students, Inc. Queer Resource Center opening last fall, the inaugural ceremony, funded by ASI, was proposed by students to acknowledge and celebrate ...

LGBTQ community converges with immigration reform movement

May 9, 2013

Rosario Castro had to come out twice in her life. The first time, she came out as a lesbian when she was 15. Nine years later she came out of the shadows as an undocumented person. She didn’t officially reveal her immigration status on any particular day, but instead slowly started being unashamed of being in ...

SF State Pride Prom provides LGBTQ community with party on campus

March 5, 2013

At 36, Vincent Mares was finally given the opportunity to participate in a tradition most experience in their high school years. “I never went to my high school prom, but I feel like I’m making up for it now,” the communications major said. In its third year, SF State Pride Prom continues to be a ...