Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cant˙!

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.


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. 


Book Reading: 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.
Landa Lakes, Bay Area Drag Legend former SF TransMarch Grand Duchess, Miss Gay Indian Nations, Ms Osage Hills
**Thu, 2/20, 12-1:45 pm, C8 Rm 240
Open Lecture for Prof Ochoa's Transgender Bodies class
**Thu, 2/20, 5-8 pm, TA Main Stage
Theatrical Drag Makeup Workshop
 Faux Shaux 2014 and Queer Fashion Show are around the corner! Learn fab femme drag makeup tips from Landa
, last year's Faux Shaux Featured Performer! Space limited in makeup workshop. RSVP: cajdeleo@ucsc.edu

Third Thirsty Thursdays! AKA Queer Beer! 
Thu, 2/20, 8:30-10 pm, Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright, Ave, SC  
Look for the rainbows on the tables. Join queer UCSC grad students and friends for conversation and (no-host) food and drinks. Info: errreen@ucsc.edu

Blender Open Meeting! 
Fri, 2/21, 5:30-7pm, Cantu Queer Center 
Allies are welcome to this week's Blender meeting. Come join the conversation! Info: msegale@ucsc.edu

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

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. 


Kate Kendall Talk! 

Sun, 2/23, 10am, La Selva Beach Comm Church, 26 Florido Ave, La Selva Beach
Join our 8th anniversary celebration of becoming an open and affirming congregation. Kate Kendall is the exec director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Kate will inspire, inform 
and share insights as a national leader for equality and justice for all.

Violence Prevention Peer Educator Training 
Sun, 2/23, 10:30am-3:30pmHealth Center Conf Rm
Interested in becoming part of a team working to eliminate violence in our community? Become a Violence Prevention Peer Educator. Info/register: Paige,  pmorehea@ucsc.edu 

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."  
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Education for Sustainable Living Spring Sneak Preview Dinner

Weds, 2/26, 6-7:30pm, C8 Red Rm

Queer your educationJoin us for a FREE VEGETARIAN DINNER and learn about student led 2 and 5 unit courses ESLP this Spring quarter. If you attend this event, you will be guaranteed a spot in the course of your choice. Class topics range from compost, indiginity, activism, bee keeping, coalition building, ecosexuality and more!  Info: eslp@ucsc.edu


Santa Cruz AIDS 10K Walk

Sat, 3/8, 9:30am-1:30pm, SC Wharf
Lace up your walking shoes and join us and hundreds of others for the annual Santa Cruz AIDS Walk. The AIDS walk raises crucial funds for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project (SCAP) to provide vital services to HIV-positive individuals living in Santa Cruz County. Participants are highly encouraged to get creative with their outfits this year - we hope to see lots of red and some fabulous costumes! To register: click here.


The Queer Queens of Qomedy Show

Sun, 3/23, 5pm, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320-2 Cedar St. SC.

We three Queens include the effervescent and bubbly comedian Poppy Champlin - the adept and loquacious comedy of Jennie McNulty and the sure fire reliable comedy of Karen Ripley. Buy tickets here.
What Has The Cant˙
Done For You?
Nathan Thompson

Who are you?
My name is Nathan Thompson. PGP: he/him/ his. I'm a Computer Engineering major with a minor in Stem Education. I love strategy games and things that make me think. My favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut--I have a man crush on him. I like my music like I like my people: diverse and interesting. I like to write existential poems. 
What has the Cant˙ done for you?
The Cant˙ is a very comfortable place. It prompts me to be more accepting of people and not give into stereotypes. I am affiliated with Queer Geeks. I was able to network at the Cant˙ and get an internship applicable to my major, which offered me an opportunity to be active in the queer community. 
Feb 16th ~ Students Block Westboro Baptist Church's Michael Sam Protest With Wall Of Love

Feb 14th ~ How LGBT Organizations Can Be Better Transgender Advocates

Feb 12th ~ Texas Sports Anchor Delivers Jaw-Dropping Speech On Gay NFL Players

Feb 10th ~ Beyonce's Gay-Inclusive Underwear Are The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

Tam Welch and a whole lot of Cantu interns have been working hard to make the Fridays performance by lesbian comedian Marga Gomez a super fun night. Space will be limited, so arrive early!

Are you a student interested in attending a queer conference? Sooo many conferences coming up and the Cantu is helping students organize UCSC contingents! 

UCSC's own Theta Pi Sigma is sending a large group to the Out & Greek conference in San Diego on April 12th & 13th. 

BlaqOUT (Details here.) will be happening April 18th-19th at UC Riverside. Director Shonte Thomas of AARCC will be coordinating this effort with support from Cantu Director Deb and Gender & Sexuality Specialist Tam. So, if you're Black/African American/of African descent and GLBTQ identified, please be in touch with Shonte (sfthomas@ucsc.edu) and let her know you'd like to join the contingent. 

The QQPOC conference will be May 2nd & 3rd in San Diego. Details here. Organizers are heavily involved in fundraising right now. If you're interested, contact the Cantu! queer@ucsc.edu

Fairy Tales: Traditional Stories Retold for Gay Men
by Peter Cashorali

This 1995 collection is a retelling of beloved and recognized fairy tales replaced with prominent gay characters.  Cashorali turns these folktales into stories about men coming out, learning to trust themselves, looking for and finding love, facing AIDS, and helping those they love. 
Check it out at the Cant˙ library! 


Call-Out For Queer Writers!

(Deadline May 5th)

Contribute to the British Fantasy Society's Journal! We would like some of the material in issue #12 to reflect the theme "LGBT & fantasy". This could be fiction or poetry featuring LGBT characters, or non-fiction concerning LGBT authors or writing. Info:



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.



"Laugh and cry and tell stories. Sad stories about bodies stolen, bodies no longer here. Enraging stories about the false images, devastating lies, untold violence. Bold, brash stories about reclaiming our bodies and changing the world." 

Eli ClareExile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation 



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-3rd ~  QPOC Conference. San Diego State.  Join the UCSC contingent! Details below.


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


More upcoming queer conferences here
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Keep the Cant˙ Strong!