Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cantú!

5-6:30pm~Womyn's Gp
7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks
7-9pm ~ Queer Coffeehouse
3:30-4:30pm ~ Queer Book Club (1st & 3rd)
5:30-7pm ~ Men's Gp
7-10pm ~ Queer Student Union
6:30-8pm ~ QPOC
8-9:30pm ~ Familia X
2-3:30pm ~ Bi/ pansexual & Poly Gp
5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender
For more about our queer student orgs & groups, go here. 



Women's Group Starts TODAY!
Mon, 1/27, 5-6:30pm, Cantu Queer Ctr
Join other queer-identified women for shared support! Led by Maya Borgueta, PhD.

Queer Book Club Meets!
Weds, 1/29, 3:30-4:30pm, Cantu Queer Ctr
We're discussing Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, voting on future reads, and opening the floor to the possibility of attending a book reading/signing at Bookshop SC as a group.  Join us bibliophiles  and enjoy coffee, tea, and queer company!

Social Justice Through The Arts:
A Conversation with Playwright Takeo Rivera
Weds, 1/29, 4pm, Namaste Lounge, C9
Goliath Playwright Takeo Rivera leads a conversation about community-based social justice art practice, and the legacy of playwrights such as Ntozake Shange, Amiri Baraka, Cherie Moraga and David Henry Hwang.


Sean Strub: Body Counts Book Reading 

Thu, 1/30, 7pm, Bookshop SC, 1520 Pacific, 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. Come meet the author, buy his book, and join the discussion.   

Blender Film Night! 

Fri, 1/31, 5:30 -7:30pm, Cantu Queer Center

Open to all trans*  folks and allies, this biographical film about a real-life Thai trans woman kickboxer, actress and model is full of action, drama. A great intro to trans* issues. Don't miss it! Info: ucsc.blender@gmail.com 



New UCSC Night-time Safety Escort Program
Mon-Thu, 8:30pm-12:15am
The UCSC Police Dept is implementing a nighttime Safety Escort Program for the Winter and Spring 2014 quarters. Individuals needing an escort may call the Police Dispatch Center at 831-459-2100
                            Upcoming Events 

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

Thu, 2/6, 12-1:45 pm, Coll 8 Academic Bldg, Rm 240 

Trystan Cotten, author and educator, will be speaking about Gender Confirmation Surgeries (GCS) for trans*men and other trans* topics during Prof Ochoa's FMST 4 Trans|Gender|Bodies course. All welcome. More about Hung Jury here.  Info: dabbott@ucsc.edu


Liza Monroy: The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America and What it Taught Us About Love
Weds, 2/19, 7pm, Bookshop SC, 1520 Pacific Ave, SC
The Marriage Act is a timely and topical look at the changing face of marriage in America and speaks to the emergent generation forming bonds outside of tradition-and sometimes even outside the law.  Reading, discussion, signing and Q&A.


Symposium: Gender. Region. Slavery

Fri, 2/21, 9am-5pm, Hum 1, Rm. 210

The Institute for Humanities Research, FemCRES, and Ethnic Studies present: Gender. Region. Slavery. a symposium. Come hear scholars from various fields discuss and debate these critical issues.  



 Fri, 2/21, 8:30 pm, Porter Dining Hall 

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



James Baldwin TV Program 

Sun. 2/23, 6pm, KQED 9

A program on the life, works, and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin--what it is to be born black, impoverished, gifted and gay in a world that has yet to understand that "all men are brothers."  
What Has The Cantú Done For You?

"Gay marriage won't lead to dog marriage. When women got the right to vote, it didn't lead to hamsters voting."           

~Bill Maher






How many same-sex marriages have there been in the United States since 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize them? Our best estimate: At least 71,165 (as of 6/13), but almost certainly more.


In the Pew Research Center's recent  survey of LGBT Americans,  
 similar percentages of unmarried gay men and lesbians (56% and 58%, respectively) said they would like to get married someday;4% of gay men and 6% of lesbians said they were currently legally married  


More: Pew Research Center. 

Jan 26th ~ Meet Chris Of Hur, Brooklyn Drag Artist And Performer 

Jan 24th ~ 'Gay Cat' Named Bull Allegedly Disowned By Owner 

Jan 24th ~ Let Love Define Family: Becoming Dads Again

Jan 21st ~ Gay Juror Was Taken Off Panel Improperly, Federal Court Rules 

The Cantu staff is gearing up to welcome an exciting visitor to UCSC. Next Thursday, Feb 6th, we will be hosting educator and author Dr. Trystan Cotten (Hung Jury: Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transsexual Men and Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition.) If you want to learn more about trans* people|bodies, DO attend! Thanks to Prof. Ochoa for opening their classroom for all to meet Dr. Cotten.We are hoping to have a special private gathering with Trystan Cotten open to transmasculine folks who are interested in discussing the values/implications of genital gender affirmation surgeries for their own bodies. If you are interested in attending, contact Director Deb at dabbott@ucsc.edu.

Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Attitudes and Experiences Survey (Take here)

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)
2) Transgender Minority Stress Survey
  (Take here )





Health Career Connection
2014 Summer Internship (Deadline: 1/31) 
 Health Career Connection provides students with invaluable exposure, experience, and mentoring to pursue health careers. Info 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. Vhere!



The Sixth Form

          By Tom Dolby 


This fictional novel follows a young student exploring his sexual identity when he moves from California to Massachusetts for a prestigious university.  Dolby's second novel (published 2008) tells a modern coming of age story of a college student in a conservative community, and explores concepts of love and attraction, beginning a new identity from a blank slate that moving cross-continent allows, and finding intimate connections when such relationships seem highly improbable. 


Check it out at the Cantú library! 


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


April 19th ~ BlaqOUT Retreat. UC Riverside.


 April 25th ~ Queer Intimacies: Seventh Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium @ University of Maryland 




May 2nd-4th ~  QPOC Conference. San Diego State. 


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


More upcoming queer conferences here!


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Keep the Cantú Strong!