Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cant˙!

5-6:30pm ~ Womyn's Group (starts 1/27)
7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks
7-9pm ~ Queer Coffeehouse
3:30-4:30pm ~ Queer Book Club (1st & 3rd)
5:30-7pm ~ Men's Group (starts 1/22)
7-10pm ~ Queer Student Union
6:30-8pm ~ QPOC
8-9:30pm ~ Familia X
2-3:30pm ~ Bi/pan Group (1st & 3rd) 
2-3:30pm ~ Polyamory Talk (2nd & 4th) 
5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender 


Quotable Queer
"It is my dream that by highlighting the deep humanity of trans people's lives in the media, elevating actual trans voices to speak the truth of our lived experiences in ways that don't sensationalize and objectify us, those human voices and stories can be a part of the disruption needed to end the disproportionate injustices that threaten so many trans people's lives, particularly the lives of trans women of color." ~Laverne Cox



My Queer War

This novel follows a young man in the Air Force during World War II who begins to question his sexuality in an era where queer identities were to be struggled with. Check it out at the Cantu Library!  


Join Theta Pi Sigma! ΘΠΣ
Tabling: Starting week of Jan 13th  
Rush Week: January 20-24th 
Come and check out the world's first queer gender-neutral frarority! Looking for ways to get involved with the Santa Cruz LGBTQQIAAP* community? RUSH ΘΠΣ the week of Jan 20th. Find our table at the Quarry Plaza this week ...we'll be waving our rainbow flag from 8am-3pm so you can't miss us! Info: thetapisigma@gmail.com  
Condom Co-Op Training 
Mon, 1/13, 7-9:30 pm, Health Center Conference Rm
Condom Co-Op is a student-run organization that strives to provide the student body access to affordable safer sex supplies and student health information. Great training! Great co-op! RSVP: assmall@ucsc.edu

Queer Grad Student Lunch

Tues, 1/14, 12:30-2 pm, Grad Student Commons

Come join other queer grad students for a relaxed conversation and a hearty lunch.


Queer Undergrad Winter Mixer
Tues, 1/14, 7-11pm, Cant˙ Queer Center (dancing in Baobob Lounge; gaymes in the Merrill Reading Rm!) 
Take off the chill! Hot chocolate. Warm company. Fun and gaymes! Co-sponsored by Theta Pi Sigma and the Cant˙ Queer Center. Info: thetapisigma@gmail.com
PFLAG Santa Cruz Meeting

Tues, 1/14, 7-9pm, Peace United Church, 900 High St. SC.

Speaker will be Brandon Brock from PFLAG SF and Napa.  He will share what he experienced at the PFLAG National Conference including the Reach Program. All are welcome.    


"Do you feel the LOVE?" Oakes College LGBT+ Community Inclusion Focus Group

Thu, 1/16, 5:30-6:30pm, Namaste Lounge, C9

An Oakes student initiated project, focusing on the inclusivity of Oakes College to the LGBT+ Community, is hosting a focus group to learn how members of the community feel about their college climate. Info: jmloy@ucsc.edu 


Slug Love Training!

Thu, 1/16, 7-9:30 pm, Health Ctr Conf Rm

Learn to be a peer sexual health educator & give workshops around campus! Info: aahayes@ucsc.edu 

Third Thirsty Thursday: Queer Grad Students & Friends Social  
Thu, 1/16, 8:30-10:30pm, 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! 


Women/Trans Bike Workshop (WTF!)
Every 1st & 3rd Sundays, 12-3pm, 703 Pacific Ave. SC. 
A safer space for women identified folks to work on their bikes and learn new skills.  Taught by women/queer mechanics. Info: click here. 
                            Upcoming Events 

Men's Group Starts Up!
Wed, 1/22, 5:30-7 pm, WEEKLY, Cantu Queer Center
All queer identified men (gay/trans*/bi/pan/questioning) are invited to attend the men's group! Group is led by 'out' gay psychologist Brent Alsaker, new to UCSC and based at Merrill College. Brent worked with queer men for many years at UC Davis and is excited about facilitating this space for UCSC's queer men. Info: balsaker@ucc.edu

Women's Group Starts Up Again!
Mon, 1/27, 5-6:30 pm, WEEKLY, Cantu Queer Center
First timers or returning students are welcome to drop-in to our wonderful weekly queer women's group (lesbian/bi/pan/trans*/questioning) to explore issues and get support. Led by 'out' CAPS psychologist Maya Borgueta. Info: borgueta@ucsc.edu

Sean Strub: Body Counts Book Reading 

Thurs, 1/30, 7 pm, Bookshop SC, 1520 Pacific Ave, SC 

Written by one of the few Americans left to tell it, Sean Strub traces his evolution from a closeted gay teen to an ardent and outspoken activist for people with AIDS. . This memoir is a deeply personal testament from a long-time survivor of the countless lives lost to AIDS. Come meet the author, buy his book, and join in the post-reading discussion.    


Trystan Cotten, Visiting Author of Hung Jury--Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transexual Men Visits UCSC!

Thu & Fri, 2/6-2/7, Times/locations TBA

Trystan Cotten, author and educator, will be speaking about Gender Confirmation Surgeries (GCS) for trans*men during various campus programs. Details will be coming soon. More about Hung Jury here.  Info: dabbott@ucsc.edu




 Fri, 2/21, 8:30 pm, Porter Dining Hall (NOTE DATE CORRECTION!)

An amazing opportunity to laugh your queer/allied a** off FREE! A collaboration of the Cant˙, El Centro, Familia X, QPOC, and others. Don't miss it! Get a sneak peek of what's in store for you here. 

What Has The Cant˙ Done For You?
Alison Hayes

Who are you?
I am Ali Hayes; "PGP" she. I am a Sexual Health Educator at SHOP. I grew up in Santa Cruz in a communal and queer family and consider myself a fierce ally.

Tell us about your position with SHOP?
My title is Sexual Health Educator. I train and mentor our 10 HIV Peer Test Counselors, Educational
Coordinator and Condom Coop Coordinator, yearly interns, and student volunteers and leaders.
What goals do you have in connecting SHOP with the Cant˙ Queer Center?
My overarching goal is to support all students who utilize the Cant˙ around their sexual health needs (resources, information, safe people to provide support and a place to talk freely.)

Ali is working in close collaboration with the Cantu to launch a monthly HIV testing and sex info program. Stay tuned!
Jan 12th ~ 'That's So Gay! A Game Of LGBTQ Discovery' Board Game Has Educational Aims (and will be arriving at the Cant˙ soon!)

Jan 8th ~ K-12 Transgender Rights Referendum Reaches Next Step

 Jan 8th ~ Utah Will Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages That Have Already Been Performed


 Jan 7th ~ Laverne Cox And Carmen Carrera Discuss Transgender Issues On Katie Couric Show. Watch here!

The Cantu's 15+ interns have been intensely busy getting their projects and groups launched, creating publicity to make our amazing programs visible, and extending themselves in so many valuable ways.

Especially since the Cant˙'s professional staffing level has been greatly reduced, our interns have been taking the lead to keep the Cantu open when Director Deb is doing trainings and advocacy work. Our interns do a terrific job of welcoming new students to the Cantu family, and so much more. Remember that we don't card anyone at the door: all queer, questioning, and queer friendly folks are always welcome to hang in our uniquely fabulous space.

We're very excited about two VERY special guests coming to UCSC in Feburary! Trystan Cotten is a trans* author who will be educating our campus about gender confirmation surgeries for trans*men on Thursday and Friday, February 6th and 7th. And Marga Gomez, lesbian comedian extraordinaire, is coming to Porter Dining Hall on Friday, Feb 21st. MOST DEFINITELY MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Blood Center Survey: Men Who Have Sex with Men and Blood Bans
$10 Amazon giftcard for participating! (Take here)

Take UC Davis Queer Surveys! 
1) Experiences with the 'Heterosexual Assumption' (Take here)

Trevor Space is a social networking site meant for LGBTQ people that provides peer support, community, news, resources, and a space to make new friends. Volunteer/intern with The Trevor Project here!


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

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Keep the Cant˙ Strong!