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.


"You fight it your whole life. Eventually you accept yourself.  That's really all there is to it."

 ~Jennifer Finney Boylan, "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders"

Petronio Portrait Petronio Dance Company at UCSC
Brown Bag Lunch Meet & Greet
Mon, 3/3, noon, Theater Arts Plaza 
Bring your lunch for this meet & greet of the dancers.
Artist Talk: NYC Choreographer, Stephen Petronio
Mon, 3/3, 6 pm, 2nd Stage, Theater Arts Center  
Book reading and discussion. Info/access: arts.ucsc.edu
Forum: Lesbian Organizing Across Time & Space
Tues, 3/4, 6-8pm, Maier Rm, Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco Mariana Perez Oca˝a, founding director of LeSVOZ, a Mexico City-based lesbian human rights organization and magazine, and Madeleine Lim, Director of the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project and annual film festival (QWOCMAP), will share their experiences organizing for lesbian visibility and rights, and as lesbians working for social justice in coalition with other groups, in Mexico, Singapore, and the US. 
Starlight and Bristlecones: California Landscape Photography Reception
Fri, 3/7, 6:30-8:30pm, Azhar, 507 Cedar St, SC  
UCSC Regional History Project Director Irene Reti will be exhibiting her powerful landscape photographs as part of First Friday festivities. Info: 459.2847

Crown's Social Fiction Conference 
Fri-Sat, 3/7: 5-8pm. 3/8: 10-5pm, Crown/Merrill Dining Hall 
Mostly peer-led workshops creating a safe and fun place for students to explore social issues like homophobia, racism, and misogyny through science fiction and fantasy media. More info here.  

Vagina Monologues

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

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

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). We hope to see lots of red and some fabulous costumes! To register: click here.
                            Upcoming Events 

out for work OUT For Work Presents: Free LGBTQ Online Networking Event

Mon, 3/10, 4-5pm, @ this link

It's a fact that networking is more likely to connect you to an internship or job -- and now OUT for Work is making it easy for you! Attend this free event and network online with other students and LGBTQ inclusive employers. Info: 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.

Prof. Morris Ratner Lecture: A Monument Man in the Courtroom:  Litigating the Holocaust
Mon, 4/7, 7pm, Music Recital Hall 
UC Hastings College of Law professor who successfully led the legal charge against Swiss, German, Austrian and French entities in securing an $8 billion settlement for Holocaustsurvivors.

Lavender Reception on Alumni Reunion Weekend
Sat, 4/26, 4-5:30pm, Cantu Queer Center 
Come join other GLBTIQ alumni and mingle with the Cantu staff and students. Refreshments. Info: Deb Abbott, dabbott@ucsc.edu

Mark your calendars for KRESGE PRESENTS PRIDE! 
Sat, 5/31, 12-5pm, March: Noon in Quarry Plaza.  Festival: 2, Kresge Lower Street 
"Come out and celebrate the Queer and allied community with Kresge Presents Pride, an all inclusive and completely free campus wide event."  Info: jehhuynh@ucsc.edu 
What Has The Cant˙
Done For You?
Lori Nixon
Who are you?
My name is Lori Nixon. PGP: She. I am a member of Theta Pi Sigma, the gender neutral Frarority. My biggest passion is outdoor education. I volunteer for SHOP and Camp Kesem. 
What has the Cant˙ done for you?
I found out about the Cant˙ through Theta Pi Sigma (TPS). It's given me a safe place to come to. I know the people there are going to listen to me, be here for me, and I can do the same for other people. Plus, there's lots of tea and microwave access. 

Tell us about being an Ally?
My mom raised me to be an Ally. In high school I joined the GSA and met my best friend Donny, who identifies as gay. I want to be a role model for other Allies, and show people that no matter how you identify, you can be a supportive member of the Queer community. 
Feb 28th ~ Coming Out Of Your Closet: What Happened When A Kid Asked, 'Are You A Boy Or A Girl?' (Watch here.)
Feb 28th ~ 5 Places Trans People Don't Exist

Feb 26th ~ Texas Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional 

Feb 25th ~ Kids With Lesbian Parents Report Higher Self-Esteem Than Kids With Heterosexual Parents: Study

Lots of queer conferences coming up this Spring! (See conference section below.) The Cantu is working with student orgs and other campus units to organize UCSC contingents. We will also help you submit a proposal to be a conference presenter! Just ask Director Deb for help if you need it.

We want to give thanks to two anonymous donors who have given several boxes of books to the Cantu Queer Center library recently. You know who you are and we are MOST grateful for your generosity! Most folks don't know that 90% of the Cantu Library's nearly 3,000 volume collection has been donated. Our library has an amazing collection of biographies of GLBTQ notables. It has a large fiction section, too. Next time you want a break from dense theoretical articles, stop by the Cantu and check out a novel! Coming soon: more trans* titles! Want more information about the Cantu Library? Contact Adrian Diaz, our student librarian. adadiaz@ucsc.edu


Check it out at the Cant˙ library! 

Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

by Sean Strub
Body Counts is a powerful account of the epidemic's early years and the subsequent three decades as well as the triumph of empowerment, activism, and survival. Compelling.

Thanks to Ali Hayes of SHOP for the donation of Body Counts to the Cantu 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:


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Diversity Center Survey: 
The Effects of Privilege and Marginalization on LGBT Identity Integration and Emotional Well-Being
Enter to win a $20 Gift Card! Take it 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.






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

April 19th ~ BlaqOUT Retreat. UC Riverside. JOIN THE UCSC CONTINGENT! 


 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! 


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


More upcoming queer conferences here
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Keep the Cant˙ Strong!