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NCOW: La Mission

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…

TranSpoken Word: The Quiet Struggle Expressed

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…

The Houseboy Phenomenon

“Masc traveled couple lookin” 4 young n hot college boi to join our fun and exciting  lives, compen$ation provided.” A house boy. Pretty much a live-in, paid-for companion to older “silver foxes” looking to shake things up. In greater and…

The Message of NCOW

From flags to cupcakes, rainbows made the presence of queer people rumble throughout campus last week as UCLA’s Queer Alliance celebrated National Coming Out Week. With such a variety of fun events, movie screenings, public speakers, panels and (everyone’s favorite)…

Keep It to Yourself

Such was Rick Santorum’s response when Stephen Hill, an openly gay soldier asked him about his stance on DADT. Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and the golden boy of social conservatives, delivered this gem during one of the recent Republican presidential…

“Lessons” from the Lawrence King trial: Reporters need “guidance,” too

In the wake of the mistrial of Brandon McInerny, who was witnessed by his classmates as he shot his classmate Lawrence King in the back of the head for flirting with him, the Los Angeles Times, the paper of record…

A Skirt Does Not Equal Damsel in Distress

The words “feminism” and “femininity” are only a few letters away from the same. Some people, however, force these two words to live in feuding worlds, as if someone cannot be feminine and a feminist, a person who truly believes in gender equality. This is, first of all, completely untrue, and second of all, the fact that so many people insist that the concepts of femininity and feminism need to be spread apart is actually a lingering sexist view in today’s society.

Tim Cook, The Most Powerful (Gay) Man in the World

The sad turn of Steve Jobs’ health that caused him to resign as head of Apple Inc, a brand that he helped turn into a cultural icon in the last decade, has one very bright side–Tim Cook, a longtime and…

Anderson Cooper and the Big Gay Elephant

Do you know who Anderson Cooper is? Yes, yes you do. Anderson Cooper is one of the most ubiquitous and well-respected journalists in America today. He reports live from war zones, natural disasters, and the front lines of revolutions, unafraid…

The Jeff Griffith Youth Center: A Place of Hope for Homeless Queer Youth

“Kill yourself, dog shit,” the man muttered as he pedaled past me on his bicycle, the wheels creaking as he wobbled away up the street. It was 7 o’clock on a Saturday morning, cold and gloomy, especially for August. I…