Posts Tagged ‘queer’
 
 
 
Letters & Opinion
 

Dear Body Party, It’s been a rough year– all I can seem to muster the energy to do is masturbate constantly because I hate myself and feeling lonely. I can’t seem to meet anyone in this god forsaken town to sooth my existential shit, I just want to meet new nice folks who are kind and cute and will hang out and make out with me. How do I fix this! How do I meet people queer people in this goddamn town? Thanks, Queer Cutie Seeking Kin Hey Queer Cutie Seeking Kin, Life gets rough sometimes/ life is rough all the time, but don’t fret– one day these days will all be bad memories. Let’s go in order. Chronic mastrabation can be a real problem. Mastrabation, like anything that feels good (or produces any kind of sensation), can be really adictive. Orgasm releases many happy hormones like oxytocin, which lowers your body’s levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by stress that can have negative impacts on your health and mood. Thus, or...

 
News
 

By Sylvie Chace The Queer and Trans Center (QTC) will open it doors week 3 of fall quarter on the second floor of the library building in room 2147. The center will occupy First People’s Multicultural Center’s old location, as First Peoples is relocating to library room 2151 on the same floor. Jamie Cooper, Associate Vice President for Student Academic Support Services (SASS), stated, the creation of this center is “really overdue.” I sat with Cooper during a hectic orientation week to find out the details of what the center will offer and why it is being created now, when Evergreen has never had a center for queer students before. It was only this past August that the details of when the center will open and where it will be located were finalized. Last spring, President George Bridges asked Vice President of Student Affairs, Wendy Endress to get a center up and running by fall 2016. A group of staff from Student Affairs consider...

 
Letters & Opinion
 

By Jamine Kozak Gilroy Having spent the break with two small children, with a household ban on “potty talk”, I’m coming back to the adult world, and I want to talk about bathrooms. Everybody pees, and I believe strongly that anywhere you take your pants off should be a safe space. Unfortunately, for people who are queer or trans that has historically not been the case. Increased visibility for people who are transgender in the 21st century has unleashed a flood of queer and transphobic feelings and rhetoric that exposes our cultures convoluted ideas about gayness, straightness, and gender. As my friend River, a trans boy, film student, and Harrison Ford aficionado, told me, “I, as a human, have a bladder that needs to be emptied and sometimes because of my social dysphoria and feelings of personal safety my ability to pee comfortably is compromised.” Bathrooms are fundamental, and the right to pee safely should be respected and p...

 
News
 

By Nix Chace Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is held on November each year to memorialize trans people who lost their lives due to hate crimes, prejudice, and cases of suicide. The event is held in November due to the death of Rita Hester in 1998, whose murder ignited the “Remembering Our Dead” web project, and vigil in San Francisco in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder, and many other cases like hers, has not been solved. TDOR is a day that provides a space for the trans community and allies to raise awareness, pay respects to those whose lives have been lost, and create a space for action. While many in the LGBTQI community face many hardships, trans people of color especially trans women of color are the most affected by anti trans violence. People of color especially trans women of color and non-binary feminine presenting people, are disproportionately often the victims of violence and transphobia. This event is working to ack...

 
Community
 

By: Nix Chace   Far too often local communities are disconnected from one another, especially within marginalized groups such as queer and trans people of color. The need for safer spaces among people of all ages, and mixed identities is prominent, especially in a white-dominated community like Olympia. “Being in Olympia specifically, it feels like a pocket of whiteness, it’s harder to connect because it feels like there is less of us.” says Masa Kawamura, a volunteer at Stonewall Youth, an Evergreen grad and creator of TQPOConnect. TQPOConnect is a support group and a safer space for queer and trans people of color. Kawamura created the group due to a need for community solidarity for queer and trans people of color in Olympia. “It seems like there’s a disconnect between trans and queer people of color in this community” says Kawamura. This group aims to connect people with these identities and foster a space where people...

 
Community
 
 

Queer Resources

 
September 23, 2015



(image used with permission of Stonewall Youth from their facebook page)   By Nix QUEER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU AT EVERGREEN AND IN OLYMPIA   Looking for a safe space? Or just ways to be involved with your community?  At Evergreen and in Olympia there are resources available for queer students looking for support, community, or opportunities for involvement.   On Evergreen’s campus there is Transgender Resources and Education X-travaganza! (T*REX), a student group that holds events for queer and trans students. Such as Safe Swim, an event at the Campus Recreation Center pool where queer and trans students are provided with a safer space to swim after hours. T*REX also has a resource file on their private facebook page that is available to those who like their page.   Their mission statement is to “provide resources, outreach, education, support, and advocacy for transgender and non-gender conforming st...

 
Features
 

BY SARA FABIAN [caption id="attachment_2834" align="alignleft" width="389"] Student Masa Kawamura shows off accessories important to his identity. Photo by BLAINE EWIG. Background collage by SARA FABIAN[/caption] Identity is one of the most compelling and controversial concepts within human nature. Fashion is inevitably intertwined in the constructions and reconstructions of identity—how we represent the contradictions within ourselves in our everyday lives. Through style, individuals announce who they are and who they hope to become. Furthermore, they express who they do not want to be or become. Fashion is a metaphor for identity; it is a complex metaphor that includes physical features (skin, body shape, hair texture), as well as the sexual and gender identity you want to be. Expressing in words who we are and are becoming can be very difficult; style, then, seems to offer a way of articulating a statement that is difficult t...