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

 New Queer Writing Group at the Cant˙ Starts Tonight!

Mondays, 5-6:30pm
The Queer Writing Group, led by Molly Segale, meets weekly in a friendly, supportive and confidential space to write about queer issues including identity, sexuality, home life and being out in the world. In a typical meeting, we journal to short writing prompts and read aloud to each other.  Writing will tend to be memoir-like non-fiction with some poetry. We welcome writers of all gender identities, sexualities, and writing levels!

Mondays, 10:30 am-4:30pm 
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.
Lunch 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 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 & Mikey Ordinario on adoption and foster care as a way to create loving LGBT families.


Fridays, 11 am - 5 pm 



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 mandiec@ucsc.edu or (831) 459-3317 
This year's QPOC Conference is happening on
May 2nd and 3rd. The Queer People of Color Conference is a space that focuses on raising critical issues that pertain to the intersectionalities of queer folks of color: whether it be about race, class, gender, sexuality, etc. QPOCC strives to foster leadership and critical awareness of our social positions as students. The conference is also open for allies--or folks who do not self identify under the LGBTQ spectrum, of color, or both.  We are looking for students from all intersectional backgrounds, and the deadline for this application is 5pm on Sunday, 13th of April.  
Application here.  Fb event page here.   
                            Upcoming Events 


What's App-ening? Finding queer love, sex, intimacy and giving consent on Grindr, OkCupid, Tinder  
Tues,4/15, 7-8:30 pm, Cant˙ Queer Center
Social media and hook-up apps have changed the way queer people connect and meet up. Come participate in a community dialogue about queering consent and how to navigate these new sites to achieve healthy and positive connections. This event is in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Passover snacks will be served!  

Queer Roller Skating Night
Thu, 4/17, 7:30-9:30pm
Santa Cruz Roller Palladium
Join us for a night of roller skating with the Derby Girls! Theta Pi Sigma, in collaboration with The Diversity Center, are hosting a community night to fundraise for the Cant˙ Queer Center and Queer Camp. Pre-sale tix are $7 and will be sold in the Quarry Plaza Mon 4/14 - Thu 4/17. Show your support and skate your butt off with us!

Mia Mingus speaks at UCSC about Disability Justice
Tues, 4/22, 6-7:30pm, Stevenson Event Center
Grad Student Luncheon: 4/23, 12-2pm,Cowell Provost House-MUST RSVP AT: solidari@ucsc.edu
Mia Mingus, an Oakland-based, nationally-recognized organizer, community organizer, and writer, will visit UCSC to speak about disability justice and transformative justice. Mia has traveled the country speaking about myriad frameworks for dismantling oppression, from racial justice to reproductive justice to queer liberation. Info: solidari@ucsc.edu


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

Mark your calendars for: 
Sat, 5/31, 12-5pm, March: Noon, Quarry Plaza.  Festival: 2pm, Kresge Lower St 
Come out and celebrate the Queer and allied community, 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?
Chris LeBailly 
Who are you?  
My name is Chris LeBailly and I recently finished my master's in mathematics at UCSC.  I enjoy the great outdoors in many forms, from swimming to hiking to star gazing to beach volleyball.  While I'm job hunting and taking some on-line classes I'm looking forward to volunteering at the Cant˙ and helping students with math.


What does the Cant˙ mean to you?  
The Cant˙ means community to me.  From the moment I walked into the center as a prospective student, I knew this space was special.  The center has helped form community amongst queer graduate students through their monthly lunches and pub nights. I'm looking forward to giving back to this community by volunteering.
April 5th ~ Brooklyn-Based Zine, Explores Queer Black Male Identity

April 4th ~ 'BUTCH,' Meg Allen Photo Project, Explores Female Identity And Presentation

April 4th ~ Michael's Story From The Let Love Define Family Series

April 3rd ~ Honey Maid Releases 'Love' In Response To Anti-Gay Commercial Backlash

We are off and running as Spring quarter has begun! We are so excited to be launching the Queer Writing Group on Monday evenings, thanks to our group leader, Molly Segale.

We also have math tutoring on Mondays and math/science/writing tutoring on Fridays, thanks to volunteers Chris and Mazikeen.

There are queer events galore coming up through out the spring, so DO come out and get involved. The Cantu has been collaborating closely with the good folks at SHOP and CAPS to make sure your queer sex and relationships are healthy, safe and fun! What's APP-ening is happening next week and will explore the wild world of queer hook-up & meet-up apps and sites.

Students are preparing to attend the Out & Greek, QPOC, and BlaqOUT conferences . . . there is still room to join these contingents, but not much. (Details below.)

Do you identify as lesbian, gay or bi? If so, have your voice be heard! Participate in the LGB Media Study and be entered for a chance to win a gift certificate! To participate, contact undergrad researcher Jay Lykens: jlykens@ucsc.edu
 (in collaboration with the UCSC Dept of Psychology and the Cantu Queer Center)

Have you participated in a student protest at UCSC? 
My name is Sheri Atkinson and I am the Executive Director for Community Resource Centers at the UC Davis.  I am also a doctoral candidate at UC Davis.   I am seeking student activists to participate in a research study on administrator responses to student protests.   The title of my dissertation is:  Student Activists and Educational Leaders.  I am seeking current undergrad or graduate students who have participated in a protest on campus during their time as a student. I am planning a trip to Santa Cruz on Monday, May 5th to complete my interviews. If you are interested please email me, slatkinson@ucdavis.edu.


Victory Institute  LGBT  Congressional Internship for Fall 2014! 
(Deadline: May 5th) 

The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress. 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.

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.edu 


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!