Queer Student Orgs @ the Cantú!


5-6:30pm ~ Women's Group
7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks
2:30-4pm - Queer People of Color
4-5:30pm ~ FamiliaX 
7-8pm ~ Q & Q & New to the U 
8-9pm ~
Crafty Cookin' Queer Coffehouse!  
3:30-4:30pm ~ Queer Book Club (1st & 3rd)
7-10pm ~ Queer Student Union
1st & 3rd:
4:30-6:30pm ~ Bi/Pan Talk 
2nd & 4th:
4:30-6:30pm ~ Poly Open Space 
7-9:30pm ~ LGBTQQIAAP Film Series 
5:30-7:30pm ~


The Cantú Queer Center is open all week. It's a warm, quiet space that's good for studying. Come enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and support from our student and professional staff!  


We will also be open next week but DO call before you come by (459.2468 or 459.4385) to be sure we're here! Have a terrific Winter break. We look forward to seeing you in January! 


Queer Grad Student Lunch 
Tues, 12/10, 12:30-2pm, Grad Student Commons
Join other LGBTQ grad students every 2nd Tuesday of the month to relax and talk in a queer safe space. (If you can't make it to this week's lunch, come to NEXT week's "Third Thirsty Thursday" at Seabright Brewery!  


PFLAG Holiday Party & Celebration
Tues, 12/10, 7-9pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, SC.
Bring your family and friends as we celebrate another wonderful year of PFLAG Santa Cruz County in a fun, family atmosphere with potluck dessert and entertainmentWe'll have fun entertainment - You bring your family's favorite holiday dessert!
SF Gay Men's Chorus Christmas Concertsfgmc

 Sat,12/14, Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, SC 

An effusive holiday concert hosted by Peace United Church of Christ. Buy tickets here. 

Diversity Center Holiday Party
Sun, 12/15, 4-7pm, Curt and Mo's, 126 Pacheco Ave. SC.
It's time to deck those halls and don that gay apparel! Come celebrate the holidays with the Diversity Center! 21+ event. Buy tickets here.


Qulture's Queer People of Color Media Research is being conducted by Jonathan Menendez through the UCSC Digital Arts New Media program as a part of an ongoing collective of makers and thinkers exploring new media in relation to an era of rapid economic, cultural and political globalization. This research work-group explores the articulation of emergent subjectivities, innovative approaches to diasporic community-building, techniques for social inclusion, and creative activity that responds to or engages with experiences of this particular context.
This interdisciplinary research group will focus on surveying and producing queer people of color media, working both independently and collaboratively on the
development, design, fundraising strategy and grant research to develop Qulture, a GPS based multi-platform application.Get involved and get credit! 
 Jonathan Menendez-Benavides
Upcoming Events

Third Thirsty Thursday Queer Grad Student and Friends Social  
Thu, 12/18, 8:30-10:30 pm, Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright Ave, SC
Come grab a brew or a soda and hang out with other queer grad students. Friends and allies welcome!  

Queer Undergrad Winter Mixer
Tue, 1/14, 7-11pm, Cantú Queer Center (plus gaymes in Baobob Lounge!) 
Take off the chill! Hot chocolate. Warm company. Fun and gaymes! Co-sponsored by Theta Pi Sigma and the Cantú Queer Center. Info:thetapisigma@gmail.com 
What Has The Cantú Done For You?
Vanessa Cintron

Who are you?
I am Vanessa Cintron, a second year legal studies and psychology double major and a Merrill affiliate. I love listening to music and eating lots of amazing food. 



What has the Cantú done for you?
The Cantú has introduced me to amazing people, including three of my closest friends. It has been an incredible learning space, as well as a space that has helped me grow. I hope to help others grow by being a part of this community and help bring people in to the Cantú, so they can potentially experience what I have.


Dec 7th ~ Gay Parents On TV: Why The 'New Normal' Is No Longer Just The Nuclear Family

Dec 6th ~ Rome's 'Gay' Christmas Lights Spark Anger

Dec 6th ~ Elton John: Russia Needs To End Anti-Gay Prejudice

Dec 4th ~ Mr. Transman 2013: 3rd Annual FTM Competition

Last week the Cantu hosted the queer staff and faculty mixer "Convivial & Queer"
at the Cowell Provost House. A most enjoyable time was had by all who attended! Special thanks to Faye Crosby for the generous welcome to her home, to Bill Ladusaw and Ken Christopher for contributions to the feast, and to Cantú student staffers Lesley and Margarita for their hard work catering the event.
Gender & Sexuality Specialist Tam Welch and Cantu director Deb Abbott enjoying greeting all of our visitors, including special guest, campus provost Allison Galloway.

The Cantú also took part in the very successful "Big Break", a collaborative craft party with all of the resource centers pitching in. Everyone had lots of food and play-options. Deb challenged Queer Geeks member Brett to a game of Scrabble and played a Scrabble (using all 7 letters) right as Big Break ended! Too much fun!
Take UC Davis Queer Surveys! 
1) Experiences with the 'Heterosexual Assumption' (Take here)
2) Transgender Minority Stress Survey
  (Take here )

Queer Women in College Survey
(Take here)

Prayers for Bobby: 
A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son

This biography of the Griffith family in the early 80's is a recounting of a family's tragic loss when Bobby chooses to take his life after his family and religious background reject him for coming out.  


Oakes 150: Queer US History & Theory

(Winter 2014 T/Th 2-3:45pm) 

Were there "lesbians," "gays," "bisexuals," "trans" and "queer" people in the past, as we understand those identities today? Info: Dr. Philip Longo plongo@ucsc.edu 




Engaging Education (e2) Activism Class: 2014

This seminar is student-run and student-focused, emphasizing progressive models of education and non-traditional classroom settings.





Point Foundation LGBT Scholarship 
(Deadline: Jan 21st)
Info: click here. 
Jan 18th ~ TABLA Conference @ UC Riverside


Jan 29th-Feb 2nd ~ National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Houston, TX. 





April 10-13th ~ Out & Greek Conference for  LGBT & Ally Fraternity & Sorority Leaders. San Diego, CA. 



May 16th-17th ~ Queer Places, Practices, & Lives Symposium @ Ohio State Univeristy

hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cantú Strong!