On the eighth floor of Bunche Hall, I stand baffled before one of the twenty-five or so “gender inclusive” bathrooms on campus, except this bathroom doesn’t seem very inclusive at all. There are two signs with sliding parts on the door. One slides between “Vacant” and “In Use” – simple enough. The other sign is […]
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 […]