Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cant˙!

5-6:30pm~Womyn's Gp
7pm ~ Tune in to Close-Free Radio KZSC 88.1 FM
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
7pm ~ Tune in to Out in Santa Cruz KSCO 1080 AM  


For more about our queer student orgs & groups, go here.
Trystan Cotten, Author of Hung Jury-Testimonies of Genital Surgery by Transexual Men Visits UCSC!

Open to all--FMST 41 class. 

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

Reception & Booksigning

Fri, 2/7, 6:30-7:30 pm, Cantu Queer Center


Trans* Guy Gathering 

Sat, 2/8, 10:30am-12:30 pm, Location TBA with RSVP 



Queer Fashion Show Director Auditions  
Sat, 2/8, 12-5pm,
Porter I - Lounge
Do you love to design fashion, choreograph dance, slam/speak poetry, write skits, model, or simply be fabulous? Queer Fashion Show wants YOU to come and get involved with this year's show! We will be holding auditions for any and all identities who want to help both on or off the stage. Director and stage/set designer positions open! The theme for 2014? Video games!
Come out and play! Contact: qfs2014@gmail.com  
New UCSC Night-time Safety Escort Program
Mon-Thurs, 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


Women/Trans Bike Workshop @ The Bike Church Tool Coop
1st/3rd Sundays, 12-3pm, 703 Pacific Ave
Everyone rides bikes, but mostly men repair them.  This workshop provides a safer space for women and trans people to work on their bikes and learn how to take care of them. This is not a religious organization.  Taught by women/queer mechanics.  
                            Upcoming Events 
PFLAG PFLAG Santa Cruz Monthly Meeting
Tues, 2/11, 7-9pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St. SC.
PFLAG of Santa Cruz County is proud to announce "Out In Sports" with guest speaker Jeff Sheng of the "Fearless Project".
stack of rainbow colored books Queer Book Club Special Meeting 
Wed, Feb 12, 3:30-4:30 pm, Cant˙ Queer Center 
QBC will welcome a major donor of books to the Cant˙ Library collection.  A 1971 alumnus of Cowell College, a lifelong writer and editor, will talk about his love of reading, the excitement of discovering queer books in the 1970s and 80s, and some of his favorite books in the collection, highlighting classics of gay literature and some distinct genres, such as gay mysteries, coming out stories, and fiction from the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. NOTE: Queer Book Club will ALSO meet on its usual 1st and 3rd meeting dates, i.e. 2/5 and 2/19.  Infodabbott@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, 7 pm, Oakes Learning Center NOTE NEW TIME & LOCATION! 

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. 



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 Cant˙
Done For You?

Who are you?
 I'm Brent, an ''out' Multicultural Psychotherapist at CAPS with an emphasis in working with LGBTIQ students. My office is close to the Cantu at Merrill College.  


What experience do you have working with the queer community?

I identify as an openly gay man and have been advocating for members of the Queer community for over 20 years. I worked at UC Davis' CAPS and had a private practice where I worked with Queer UCD students.  


Please tell us about you new role and involvement at Cantu' and what you hope to achieve while being at the center?  

I currently facilitate the Queer Men's drop-in group at the Cantu on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 7pm. All students who identify as queer and male are welcome to drop in and check out the group.  I'll be helping with special events and will be available to talk informally when I'm at the center.   

Feb 2nd ~ Meet Goldie Peacock, Brooklyn Drag King And Performer

Feb 2nd ~ 'LGBT Fallen Heroes' Aims To Honor Late LGBT Service Members

Feb 1st ~ 'My Gay Banjo' Releases 'Country Boys In The City'

Feb 1st ~ Pamela Raintree,Transgender Woman Who Dared Councilman To Stone Her, Speaks Out

The Cantu Queer Center collaborates widely across campus, including with student and campus press. We were thrilled to be approached by reporter Joel Escobedo from City on a Hill Press for an in-depth feature on trans* issues at UCSC.  Escobedo spent weeks thoroughly interviewing various trans* campus members, attending Blender gatherings, and meeting with Cantu Director Deb. The result of this investigative journalism is an excellent piece, just published. Read it here.

Joel also interviewed Director Deb to learn more about the Cantu's history and her role it in. Read the interview here.

Speaking of trans* issues, DO come to meet our visiting scholar, author and trans* activist Trystan Cotten at one of three events we're hosting this week!

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 )





South Asia by the Bay: A Graduate Conference
May 2nd-3rd, UCSC
This conference seeks to explore the interrelated, epistemological frameworks of gender studies and area studies in the multiple articulations of what constitutes of the subjects and studies of the terrain of "South-Asia."  Info here.

Directing Change Contest
The UC is partnering with Directing Change, a student video contest, to encourage students to film a 60 second public service announcement to decrease the stigma on mental illness and prevent suicide. The winning team will be rewarded $500! Info here.




The Price of the Ticket: Collected Non-Fiction
by James Baldwin


These personal pieces, written between 1948 and 1985, look into experiences of race and identity in a modern U.S. Baldwin digs into a very deep part of his personal life to bring light to how people treat one another in regards to race, gender, and sexual identity.  Amazon.com describes this collection as "...an intellectual history of the twentieth-century American experience."


Check it out at the Cant˙ 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!


hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cant˙ Strong!