Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cant˙!
5-6:30pm ~
Queer 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 Group
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.  

Drop-in Tutoring at the Cantu
Math: Mondays 10:30am-4:30pm with Chris
Spanish and Biology:
Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm with Carlos
Math, Science, and Writing:
Fridays 11am-5pm with Mazikeen

New at the Cantu! 
Cotorreando--Chat in Spanish! All fluency levels welcome. Hosted by Carlos every Thursday, 1:30-3:30pm

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

Weds, 4/16, 6-8pm, Oakes Learning Center

Student Loan Debt. We all have it, but what does it actually mean? If you're graduating this year, or want to start paying back loans early, where does one begin? Free Mexican food from Los Pinos!


Queer Roller Skating Night
Thurs, 4/17, 7:30-9:30pm, SC Roller Palladium, 1606 Seabright   
Join us for a night of roller skating with the Derby Girls! Theta Pi Sigma and The Diversity Center, are hosting a community night to fundraise for the Cant˙ Queer Center and Queer Camp. Pre-sale tix are $7; buy @ Quarry Plaza Mon 4/14 - Thu 4/17. Show your support and skate your butt off with us!  


                            Upcoming Events 


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


UCSC Take Back the Night 2014: Metamorphosis: Honoring the Strength of Change
Weds, 4/23, 5:30pm, Rally: Quarry Plaza, March: throughout campus, Testimonials: Oakes steps near Guzman Room
Rally at Quarry Plaza, followed by a march through campus ending with testimonials at Oakes College, featuring poet Queen Jasmeen. Free. Open to survivors, supporters, and allies. Info: women@ucsc.edu.

UCSC Take Back the Week 2014
4/23-4/36, Various locations throughout campus Details here.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and the UCSC Women's Center will be hosting a week worth of events from April 21st to the 26th. This year's theme is Metamorphosis: Honoring the Strength of Change and 
events include candle and poster making drop in hours, a variety of self-care, writing, and art therapy workshops, Take Back the Night March and Testimonials, and will wrap up with an Honoring Survivors Sambada Musical Performance.  Info: email women@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

Queer Arts Cafe
Thurs, 5/15, 6-7pm, Namaste Lounge
Celebrate Queer Creativity and Strong Community!  Make beaded bracelets and other jewelry, fabulous buttons, colorful cards, and "Queero" collages. Info: fpatail@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! Register here!

Dear Sexi Sami,

I am a first year student and a gay man who needs some advice. I want to have sex more often than my boyfriend--way more often. He says he does not want our relationship to be defined by sex. We love each other a lot and have been together a long time. We don't want to be in an open relationship. I am starting to resent him. What should I do? 

Signed, Frustrated Frosh


Sexi Sami Sez: Great question, FF! Sexual compatibility--it can ebb and flow. It's just fact that people have varied levels of desire. But finding a balance IS possible. How do you get there? Open communication and creativity can get you far. Here are some tips:

Listen! Your partner says he doesn't want to be "defined by" sex. Many gay/bi/ queer identified men get stereotyped as being ALL about sex, so maybe he's fending off that negative hype. Have a conversation about what you both want your relationship to be defined by. Maybe he wants more hiking, biking, cooking or cuddling to feel more in the mood for intimacy. Talk sex! Find a good time to talk with your partner about your specific turn ons and offs. Sexi Sami sees you blushing and squirming, but knows you can do it! Listen to what your bf finds hot . . . and not. Maybe he's afraid he'll crush you if he tells you rimming is not his favorite thing or that it IS his favorite thing--but stay open to what he shares. Be creative! Text each other your turn-ons. Leave sticky notes on the mirror. No matter how you get your message across, communication is key!Take action! See if your bf will be with you as you masturbate. If not, make regular dates with yourself (and your favorite porn star online if you like) and pleasure yourself exactly as you like it! You really can have your sexual needs met and respect your partner's choices.  Many gay/bi/queer men are facing the same issue.


Submit your question to Sexi Sami here!

What Has The Cant˙
Done For You?


Damon Chadic


Who are you? 

My name is Damon Chadic. I identify as a Queer man. I am a Computer Science Major. I am into gardening and I play the base guitar. I like math and I'm interested in learning about Queer theory and Race Critical Studies.   


What has the Cant˙ done for you? 

The Cant˙ has provided me with a stronger sense of community at UCSC as well as  with a safe space from the pressures of a hetero -normative society. I also got the opportunity to gain a work study job.


Has UCSC been a supportive space for you? 

When I came to UCSC, I felt uncomfortable being out. It was as if I 're-closeted' myself. I felt like it wasn't really approved to be out. I lived in College 8 and found that there were micro-aggressions and groups, where I felt that it wasn't necessarily safe to be out. 

April 10th ~ This Woman Has To 'Prove' She's A Lesbian Or She'll Be Deported

April 9th ~ How to be a Lesbian

April 8th ~ Sami, I Need to Talk About Sex: 

Cant˙ Queer Center's gender-neutral slug  


April 5th ~ Mom Announces Her Son Is Transgender In The Best Way

The Cantu, in collaboration with SHOP and CAPS,  is excited about launching our premier Ask Sexi Sami column today! Read more about this project by reading the City on a Hill Press article in Qnews. And DO ask Sexi Sami YOUR question! Sami won't be able to answer every question, but all Q & A's will be archived on our website.

We're also really happy to be offering yet another tutoring opportunity for the queer and allied community. Carlos will be tutoring Spanish and Biology on Thursdays. He'll also be hosting Cotorreando, a time for Spanish speakers of all levels of fluency to hang out and chat! So, DO take advantage of these fabulous, knowledgeable volunteers! 

Are you graduating? If so,
registration for our 16th annual Rainbow Graduation Ceremony is now LIVE!
Register NOW and please spread the words to your graduating queer and allied friends!


Your Queer Career 
by Riley B. Folds

While there are many books and resources for entering the workforce, this 2013 book focuses on issues specific to the LGBTQ population.  What are important factors to consider when evaluating potential employers? How do you decided if/when you should come out in the application process or at work?  How do you handle discriminatin in the workplace and what are your rights?  How can you make your queer identity a professional asset? This book takes a look at these issues and more.

Check it out at the Cant˙ library!


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 19th ~ BlaqOUT Retreat. UC Riverside.  Info: sfthomas@ucsc.edu 


May 2nd-3rd ~  QPOC Conference. San Diego State.  



May 2nd-4th ~ QACON Queer & Asian Conference. UC Berkeley


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


More upcoming queer conferences here
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Keep the Cant˙ Strong!