Student Voices. Queer Experiences.

 

Throughout the freaQweek program and two-week San Francisco immersion, students had the opportunity to reflect on their experiences. They authored four blogs apiece, and recorded 180s (informal, in-the-moment, and unedited video reflections). Students highlighted their experiences traveling to San Francisco, exploring the Castro district, as well as how becoming enveloped within a queer community has reshaped their understanding of themselves and their surrounding environments.

Fuck Gentrifying Tech Companies
Sarah Jo Ferraro Sarah Jo Ferraro

Fuck Gentrifying Tech Companies

How does one deal with a duality of emotions from a new-found acceptance for oneself while being shocked into the horror of classism?

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Queer Representation in TV and Film
Katrina Kawak Katrina Kawak

Queer Representation in TV and Film

People in the Queer community are no strangers when it comes to being underrepresented. With every year that passes more and more people are coming out and yet that doesn’t seem to translate to what we watch.

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Queering the Map
Amelia Montie Amelia Montie

Queering the Map

If you were to google the Castro District, the return states “is synonymous with gay culture.”

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Never Give Up
Annie Titus Annie Titus

Never Give Up

At the Frameline QT brunch, I was surrounded by a number of women and trans folk—filmmakers from all over the world—directors, producers, and actors who brought their films to the Frameline film festival, I couldn’t help but ask, “what is the most important piece of advice you would give to a budding new filmmaker?”

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Meeting a Legend
Brandon Wegner Brandon Wegner

Meeting a Legend

When I was living in Oregon at 19, I developed a passion for queer history. I remember going to the public library and renting every LGBTQ+ documentary I could get my hands.

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Last Day
Sophia Spittlemeister Sophia Spittlemeister

Last Day

Today is the last full day of the trip, we leave tomorrow at 11am.

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castro tides
Casper Crump Casper Crump

castro tides

i clench my fingers together and watch

as they call him a girl

watch my own suffering mirrored in another man

like i have never seen it before.

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Poems
Sarah Jo Ferraro Sarah Jo Ferraro

Poems

I wish I could identify all the trees with the barks blistering inside each other

the leaves twisting in the hot California light

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Vita and Virginia
Matthew Breunig Matthew Breunig

Vita and Virginia

Going to each movie so far has been a treat. However, out of the 13 I have seen so far, my favorite one is still the opening night film.

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Reflection
Casper Crump Casper Crump

Reflection

Going on this trip reminded me (as I have needed to be reminded) that there is no one way to be trans.

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Reflection
Katrina Kawak Katrina Kawak

Reflection

During my stay in San Francisco I found myself roaming the streets of the Mission and Castro districts.

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Straight Up
Matthew Breunig Matthew Breunig

Straight Up

Although there were many films I liked a lot, thirteen to be exact, the one that stuck with me the most was Straight Up.

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Identity
Sophia Spittlemeister Sophia Spittlemeister

Identity

Since arriving in San Francisco and living in the Castro my mind has been unexpectedly challenged in so many ways.

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The Sum of Our Parts
Annie Titus Annie Titus

The Sum of Our Parts

Am I simply the sum of my parts—my flesh, emotion, intellect, thoughts, and experiences?

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A Love Affair with OCD and the word Freak
Aja St. Germaine Aja St. Germaine

A Love Affair with OCD and the word Freak

I am terrified of growth sometimes. It is hard for me to imagine growing without my friends, growing without my partner, growing into someone that I do not know yet.

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