Learn About Aguilas San Francisco’s HIV Prevention Service El Ambiente

You might have seen them pass out brochures at venues like Club Papi and Pan Dulce (Thursday night at the Café in the Castro District), or coach patrons on safe sex practices during San Francisco Pride. Wherever gay and bisexual Latinos gather, Aguilas (Eagles) will make a cameo and spread their message of safe sex through their self-empowerment counseling model.  Read More

Castro Culture: Growing Up in a Same-Sex Household

The portrait of American families has changed immensely over the past several years. Single parent households or same gendered couples with children are far more common now than they ever were back in the 1980s. Even in a city as progressive as San Francisco, gays and lesbians who had kids were rare. Rachael Garvin recalls a time when she was the only girl in her class with two moms at her Castro District elementary school. Read More

From Fear to Fearless: Blind, Lesbian Author Susan Krieger

In a world where members of the GLBT community have gained access to the many mediums of communication, from RuPaul’s Drag Race on the Logo Network to more gay characters in mainstream movies, it can be easy to forget how different life was for the GLBT family just a few decades ago. Stanford University professor, author, and voice in feminist and gender studies Susan Krieger beautifully depicts the struggles and concerns of lesbians in a not so distant past. Read More

How the Jason Collins Coming Out Story Will Change Corporate Leadership

The most macho of high-profile industries has been changed for the better. The world of major league sports has long been a final frontier for social movements, slowly accepting what other industries have welcomed. Thanks to Jason Collins, the testosterone-fueled sports community is starting to shed its homophobic image. Read More

On Positive Gay Role Models: An Interview with David-Elijah Nahmod

Nearsighted is pleased to bring you an interview with film critic and writer, David-Elijah Nahmod.

Belo Cipriani: Who was the first gay person you looked up to and why?

David-Elijah Nahmod: Quentin Crisp. Born in England in 1908, Crisp coined the phrase “coming out of the closet” in 1931. His exact words were,”I wish to live in the world and not in a closet,” and he proceeded to be open about his identity as an effeminate gay man. Read More

Lesbian Werewolves

As a fan of Octavia Butler, Mary Shelly, H. G. Wells, Bram Stoker and Ray Bradbury, I sought shelter in science-fiction and gothic novels that made it easier to fantasize outside the hetero world. These authors made it possible for me to write stories that challenged science and society with gay characters. Most of my writings as a teenager were a bit Frankenstein-ish – the story I remembered most is about a guy named R.I.P., made out of the DNA from the three hottest guys at my high school; each letter taken from their first name to make up the gay zombie’s name. Like most of the stories I wrote in adolescence, R.I.P. never made it outside my head. Read More

Queer Lyrics

Before Queer as Folk, The L Word, and Will & Grace introduced queer culture to the masses, I would spend hours rewriting songs, movies, and shows; tweaking lyrics from popular titles became a hobby — soon “American Woman” became “American Bottom Boy.”  The gender bending eventually lead to a series of short stories about a gay college called Unique University where Lil’ Kim ruled as president, Mario Lopez instructed weight training, and buildings were named after fragrances like Emporio Armani Hall and The Chanel Nº 5 Center. Friends and family loved the vignettes that chronicled the lives of Nina and Nick – a set of queer twins. Compliments were plentiful, yet I was never encouraged to publish my stories.   Read More