Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cant˙!

5-6:30pm~Womyn's Gp
7pm ~ Tune in to Closet -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.
Queering Sex: Sex Ed Outside the Binary
Mon, 2/10, 2-4pm, Porter Hitchcock Lounge

Come to a workshop with representatives from the Cant˙ Queer Center 

and SHOP to talk about queer sex and learn about effective and creative safe sex practices for any gender identity or sexual orientation. Part of Porter's Week of Great Sex                                                       

 Graduate Student Monthly Lunch 

Tue, 2/11, 12:30-2 pm, Grad Student Commons 

Join fellow queer graduates--relax, eat healthy, yummy food, and connect! Info: dabbott@ucsc.edu 

Volunteers Wanted for Gomez Event Come support the queer community by volunteering your time at this funny, educational, and engaging event. Volunteer slots are from 3-10pm, Fri, Feb 21st. Sign up here! Info: adadiaz@ucsc.edu. 
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. NOTE: Queer Book Club will ALSO meet on its usual 1st and 3rd meeting dates, i.e. 2/5 and 2/19.   

Kresge Pride Planning Mtg!
Wed, 2/12, 7 pm, Kresge Student Lounge
Come help plan the 9th annual Kresge Pride March & Festival!
                            Upcoming Events 


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?
Nahuitochtli Rios

Who are you?
Hi there! My name is Nahuitochtli Rios and I'm first generation, hija de padres inmigrantes, queer, Xican@, polyamorous-loving female currently majoring in Feminist Studies! My pgp's include they, them and theirs but I don't mind she, her and hers. 
What has the Cant˙ done for you?
The Cant˙ has given me the opportunity to connect and explore the queer community here on campus and the larger Santa Cruz region by providing a space for a multitude of groups to convene! It's a hot spot of diverse interests. 
Feb 8th ~ DOJ Plans To Recognize More Rights For Same-Sex Couples

Feb 7th ~ Russian LGBT Activists Arrested Under 'Gay Propaganda' Law In St. Petersburg

Feb 7th ~ Republican Official Says Gays Should Be Purged From GOP

Feb 5th ~ Transgender Advocate Janet Mock: Piers Morgan "Sensationalized" My Story

The Cantu staff is basking in the after-glow of having  produced five, yes, five amazing events with our visiting trans* scholar and author, Trystan Cotten. Our collaborations were extensive: Feminist Studies, the health center, CAPS, the Diversity Center, and others. What resulted was a whole lot of education about the lives and issues of trans*men. If you missed Dr. Cotten's visit,  stop by the Cantu and borrow his book "Hung Jury."

We are now gearing up for the fabulous Marga Gomez comedy performance next Friday the 21st. Be SURE to mark your calendar if you need a chance to laugh your azz off! And DO be in touch if you want to volunteer!

Another good example of Cantu collaborations is happening at Porter's Week of Good Sex. Director Deb got Porter organizers in touch with SHOP peer-educator interns who also work at the Cantu. They've got terrific workshops in store for you!
A Room of One's Own
by Virginia Woolf

This extended essay is a commentary on women both as writers and characters of literature in a dominantly patriarchal culture.  Based on a series of lectures "Women and Fiction" from Cambridge in 1928, Woolf made a point of sharing her experience as a writer who consistently had to validate her career in fiction as a woman, and expresses the importance of feminism in even our modern culture.

Check it out at the Cant˙ library! 


Volunteer for UCSC Admissions 
(Deadline 2/17)
Heading home for spring break? Take UCSC back to your home community and speak with newly admitted students! Apply 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.






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.  Proposals Wanted!


June 14th-July 4th ~ CETLAIC LGBTQ Summer LGBT Spanish program. Mexico.    


More upcoming queer conferences here!
hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cant˙ Strong!