Call for Submissions: Essays by the Disabled on Rites of Passage

When I lost my sight in my late twenties, I thought the rest of my life would be dull and boring. Boy was I wrong. Still, my initial misconception stemmed from two thoughts: First, I had never seen a blind person be mischievous, sexy, or fun in any form of media. Secondly, the lack of representation of people with disabilities at large in popular culture gave me the false impression that the disabled community didn’t have much to share. Read More

Help Jo Grove Complete Her PhD!

Today on Nearsighted we are featuring a guest blog from visually impaired PhD candidate Jo Grove.

How does a 74-year-old, legally blind, African American woman living in Wisconsin hook up with the man voted the Best Disability Advocate of 2015 in the Bay Area? As usual, it’s all about who you know, and Belo knows my daughter, Dawn. Read More

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

An Interview with Author Ashok Rajamani

Today on Nearsighted we welcome author, artist, poet and essayist Ashok Rajamani, author of the memoir The Day My Brain Exploded: A True Story, which chronicles a near-fatal cerebral hemorrhagic stroke he suffered at the age of 25, leaving him with bisected blindness, epilepsy, distorted hearing, erratic transient amnesia, and more.  Read More