Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cant˙!

Queer Narratives Writing Group 
7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks 
5-6:30pm - Women's Group  NEW TIME!
6:30-9pm ~ Queer Coffeehouse NEW TIME!
3:30-4:30pm ~ Queer Book Club (1st & 3rd)
4-5:30pm - Love Outside the Binary
(2nd & 4th) NEW TIME!
5:30-7pm ~ Men's Gp
7-10pm ~ Queer Student Union
5:30-7pm ~ Familia X NEW TIME!
7-8:30pm ~ QPOC


5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender 


For more about our queer student orgs & groups, go here.



Closet Free Radio 

KZSC 88.1 FM  DJs Kai Azada & Richard Baldwin

Out in Santa Cruz 
KSCO 1080 AM
DJs Shaun Ordinario and
Steph Taylor 

Most QUEER STUDENT ORGS/GROUPS start meeting this week! Drop-ins are always welcome. Many of the groups are meeting at different times, even different days, so please read the side-bar carefully! 
 Note: Next week the Cantu's beloved Molly Segale will launch a writing group: Queer Narratives. All levels of writers are encouraged to attend to share and support each other's development in the craft.
Mondays and Fridays
Struggling with your math work?  Stop going off on tangents! On Mondays from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM our newest volunteer, Chris LeBailly (who recently graduated from UCSC with his masters in math), will be offer drop-in tutoring for students at the Cantu.  He has over 10 years tutoring experience, including working in an high school.  He is happy to help with any of the pre-calculus or calculus classes, as well as higher level classes. 
On Fridays, Mazikeen will be our math tutor. Specific tutoring hours will be announced next week.
Diversity Center Pride Internship
The Diversity Center is seeking an intern skilled in documentation methods and graphic design to help develop displays, web content, and social media content to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Santa Cruz Gay Pride (June 1st) and the 25th
 Anniversary of the Diversity Center. This internship is 5 hours/week. Info: spapo@diversitycenter.org  
still open!
 "Queer Cinema in Latin America": LTMO 125J
Mondays, 7-9:30 pm, Kresge 325 
An incredible range of films every week. Professor Lourdes Martinez-Echazabal is opening up the class to visitors. Next's Monday's film is: Hell Has No Limits (El lugar sin limited, Chile, 1966)
"New Queer Cinema": FILM 165C  
This is one of the Arts Deans Lecture Series and will be taught by renowned writer B. Ruby Rich, professor of Film and Digital Media and Social Documentation.  All majors are welcome to enroll if currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior years.  The course satisfies the IM GE requirement.

"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". Open to Porter students during 1st 2 wks of enrollment then to all. Contact instructor for permission code: roxipower@ucsc.edu 
                            Upcoming Events 


Race, Power, and Economics: 
Dr. Shakti Butler Returns to UCSC
Mon, 4/7, 7-9pm, Stevenson Event Center
Dr. Butler will work to facilitate a peaceful dialouge about race, economics, and power, and begin the healing process caused by these systems of oppression. 




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 Holocaust survivors.
Queer Grad Student Luncheon
Tues, 4/8, 12:30-2 pm, Grad Student Commons
Join other queer graduate students for a healthy, yummy lunch and some convivial conversation. Info: dabbott@ucsc.edu

PFLAG April Meeting: Creating Families through Local Adoption Foster Care

Tues, 4/8, 7-9pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, SC.


Our April keynote speakers:  Anastasia Torres-Gil, Rob Watson, Rev. Cordelia Strandskov, and Shaun and Mikey Ordinario speaking on adoption and foster care as a way to create loving families in the LGBT Community and to fill a need in our community.

20th Annual Fairytale Drag Ball
Sat, 4/12, 9pm-midnight, Oakes Learning Center
Come in your royal best -- professional & student drag show, prizes, raffle, and the best DJ in town -- DJ AD! Contact Mandie Caroll for questions or accessibility needs at madniec@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-3317
cantu building Lavender Reception during Alumni Reunion Weekend  
Sat, 4/26, 4-5:30pm, Cant˙ Queer Center 
Come join other GLBTIQ alumni and mingle with the Cant˙ staff and students. Refreshments. Info: Deb Abbott, dabbott@ucsc.edu

pride! Mark your calendars for: KRESGE PRESENTS PRIDE! 
Sat, 5/31, 12-5pm, March: Noon, Quarry Plaza.  Festival: 2pm, Kresge Lower St 
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 

Sun, 6/1, 11-4pm, downtown Santa Cruz
Come OUT and celebrate pride with your campus and community!
Info here.

Thu, 6/12, 4-6:30 pm, Women's Center
Mark your calendars for our amazing year-end ceremony! Invite friends & family! Registration coming soon! 
What Has The Cant˙
Done For You?
"Eventually you can't help but figure out that, while gender is a construct, so is a traffic light, and if you ignore either of them, you get hit by cars. Which, also, are constructs."
-from Nevada by Imogen Binnie


March 28 ~ Families are Forever: Mormon Mother, Shares Story About Gay Son

26 ~ 'The Gay Men Project' By Kevin Truong Engaged In Kickstarter

25 ~ Boy George Discusses New Album, Gender Identity, Madonna And More

24 ~ Ellen Page Tweets Response To Message From Anti-Gay Pastor

Stop by the Cantu and you'll see new and returning student interns/volunteers eager to welcome and support you. You'll be hearing more about them in next's week's issue of QConnect, but for now, we want to welcome Anthony, Chris, and Andrea to the Cantu family. And we want to welcome BACK Jay and Ellie! Our interns will be working on many exciting programs and projects during Spring quarter.

Spring is Here, and Oh-So-Queer! 
May is So Gay 
June is a Rainbow Pride Balloon! 
(Pardon the Deb rhymes; she was born that way!)

We're still finalizing the details of the upcoming programs, so be sure to read QConnect every Monday as it comes into your inbox! If YOU are part of planning a queer program, be sure to let us know so we can help you publicize it: dabbott@ucsc.edu

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: My Year in a Women's Prison
by Piper Kerman

You've watched this LBT friendly series on TV but have you read the bestselling book? Now you can!
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:



LGBTQ Students and University Marketing Survey. Take here 



stack of rainbow colored books 
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! Info: sfthomas@ucsc 


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
hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cant˙ Strong!