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. 

dripping rainbow paint Spring queer course available:  "Queering the Arts" Porter 32-A
(2 units; Th. 2-3:45pm; Porter C-118)
In  "Queering the Arts" we explore diverse genres of art from the last 100 years including visual art, performance, literature, film, dance, music, and cross-genre work-from a diverse range of perspectives, including historical analysis and "queer theory".   We will also create our own "queering the arts" project.Open to Porter students during 1st 2 wks of enrollment then to all. Contact instructor for permission code: roxipower@ucsc.edu

Film Screening: Do I Look Fat? 
Tues, 2/25, 5-7 pm, Kirk Media Center, McHenry Library ground floor, Rm 0349
Come watch this compelling film that addresses queer men's body image and eating habits. Q & A to follow. Discussion led by queer psychologist Brent Alsaker and Nancy Jackson, NP.

qfs Queer Fashion Show Open Interest Meeting  
Tues, 2/25, 6-7pm, Porter I Lounge 
Do you love to dance, model, act, slam/speak poetry, perform, or simply be fabulous? Come out and play in this year's show! This meeting is open to any and all identities who want to be involved on or off the stage. See you there!  
Contact: qfs2014@gmail.com  


EcoSexuality: Queering the Path to Sustainability 

Spring Sneak Preview Dinner

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

Queer your education! Join us for a FREE VEGETARIAN DINNER and learn about student led 2 and 5 unit ESLP courses this Spring. 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


Film: Wonderwoman: The Untold History of America's Superheroines with Directors Kristy Guevara Flanagan and LS Kim (part of Sister Solidarity Month) 


Weds, 2/26, 6:30 pm, Coll 8, Rm 240

Come view the film and meet the directors. 
Info/access: women@ucsc.edu 


Oakes College Presents: SPEAK UP! SPEAK OUT!
Thurs, 2/27, 7-10pm, Oakes Learning Center
Triangle Speaker panel, student poetry, free dinner! Discussion of issues, struggles, and experiences of LGBTQ community. Learn how to be a good ally! Info: jmloya@ucsc.edu

Third Thirsty Thursdays! AKA Queer Beer! 
Thu, 2/27, 8:30-10 pm, Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright Ave, SC
(Usually meets on the 3rd Thursday) Look for the rainbows on the tables. Join queer UCSC grad students and friends for conversation and (no-host) food and drinks. Info: errgreen@ucsc.edu


 Women/Trans Bike Workshop @ The Bike Church Tool Coop
1st/3rd Sundays, 12-3pm, 703 Pacific Ave, SC
A safer space for women and trans people to work on their bikes and learn how to take care of them.  Taught by women/queer mechanics.   
                            Upcoming Events 


Stephen Petronio Dance Company--Artist in Residence

Mon, 3/3, **Lunch with Dancers: Noon, Theater Arts Plaza

Bring your lunch and your questions for the company.

**Artist Talk: 6 pm, Second Stage, Theater Arts Center

 NYC choreographer reads from Confessions of a Motion Addict. More about Petronio here.   

Vagina Monologues

Fri-Sun, 3/7-3/9, 8 pm, Merrill Cultural Center

Come out and hear powerful womyn speak about their lives--struggles and their triumphs. A night where you'll cry, laugh, and leave inspired. Tix: Quarry Plaza table, 3/3-3/7 all day


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?

Who are you?
I'm Jamie Epstein aka Wonder Pig. I am part student, part gender-neutral super hero! I'm a Community Studies and Feminist Studies double major and I love bringing people together. You can find me working at SHOP as an HIV tester, planning events for Theta Pi Sigma, directing the Queer Fashion Show, and performing in the Vagina Monologues. I'm an out-and-proud Ecosexual and I will be cofacilitating a class on Ecosexuality in the Spring for those who care about Lover Earth. If you see me flying around campus, please stop me and say 'hi.'
What has the Cant˙ done for you?
The Cantu has opened me up to new friendships and new opportunities that I could have never dreamed of coming true. I love the tea and couches and all the wonderful queers that work there.
Feb 22nd ~ Arizona Anti-Gay Bill Prompts LGBT Advocate Protests

21st ~ 'All Love Is Equal' Photo Series Showcases LGBT Couples Around The World

18th ~ Gay People In Homophobic Regions Die Younger

16th ~ Brooklyn Nightlife Awards: A Queer New World

Thanks to the able leadership of Program Specialist Tam Welch and Cantu Intern Manee Burciaga, last Friday's Marga Gomez comedy performance was a smashing success! True to form, Marga had the standing-room-only crowd laughing their azzes off! Thanks to all 6 resource centers, resource center interns, and Oakes College (especially Jessica Loya) for their valuable contributions!

One of the less visible aspects of Director Deb's work is her ongoing relationships with UCSC alumni. Last week four alumni either stopped by the center or contacted her by phone. It was exciting to re-connect, to write letter of recom-mendation to alums applying to grad programs, to invite alumni to this year's Lavender Reception during Alumni Reunion Weekend (April 25-27th), and to gratefully accept donations from generous alumni who wanted to give back to the Cant˙!

Djuna: The Life and Works of Djuna Barnes
by Phillip Herring

Djuna Barnes (1892-1982), prominent author in the late 1920's (best known for her modernist novel Nightwood published 1936) led an admiring life of an activist, feminist and general queer woman who, through the decades has earned great recognition as a writer and human rights activist.

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.






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.  


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


More upcoming queer conferences here
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Keep the Cant˙ Strong!