My Thursday night was queerer than yours; I watched a Korean-American protégé play his violin in a leather thong and a pair of high heels. Last Thursday the violinist Amadeus Leopold, formerly known by his Korean name Hahn-Bin, performed at Royce Hall in an event hosted by the Center for the Art of Performance at […]
Seeing With a New Spectrum by Dylan Chouinard and Kim Lau “There are three kinds of gays. Party gays like to have fun and get drunk. Political gays are activist-y and fight for rights and stuff. Normal gays fall in the middle.” If that reads like a joke or an absurd, almost offensive oversimplification, consider […]
“FAGGOT!” The word is howled from a car as it races through the intersection at Gayley and Strathmore on a recent Friday evening, hurled at first-year psychobiology student Kenny Saleh as he walks back to his dorm from work in Westwood. Despite UCLA’s recognition as an LGBT-friendly university, homophobic acts still occur regularly. This incident […]
Walking into the most recent meeting, I was greeted by a surprising title slide projected in royal blue letters above my head: “Male or Female? Gay or Straight?” and the subtitle, “All of us are described by these two ‘binary’ factors.” When first reading this slide, I assumed there was some kind of mistake.
First of all, I’d like to say that I am very, very proud of this issue, and of our staff here at OutWrite. I think this is our best issue yet, and I want to thank all of you for your hard work and infinite patience. (For those of you who haven’t picked it up […]
Scarface. The Godfather. Fixing up old cars. His eighteen-year-old son. These are the pin-ups, passion and pride, respectively, of Che Rivera, a Mexican-American single dad and the resident tough guy of San Francisco’s Mission district, the setting of Peter Bratt’s new film La Mission. Somewhat surprisingly, given the film’s marketing as a gay drama, it’s […]
The hum of voices in the crowded and softly lit Hedrick Fireside Lounge slowly faded out when the first performer tapped on the mic. Sitting in the back, I could see the audience seated in a semi-circle, leaning forward as words dropped into the calm silence from the impassioned performer. Every few minutes, at the […]