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
4-5pm ~ Queer Writing Circle 
5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender 


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

Drop-in Tutoring at the Cant˙
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 Cant˙!
Knit and Bull*hit!
Tuesdays @ Queer Coffeehouse

A knit/crochet/general craft group open to all! All levels welcome. Supplies & instruction provided.Comfy couches, friendly people, coffee, tea & snacks!

Peer Advising for Study Abroad

Wednesdays, 1-3 pm

Come learn about Study abroad options! 

Cotorreando--Spanish Chat! 

Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm

All fluency levels welcome! Hosted by Carlos  



GALA Gallery: Featuring Josh Katz and HISC-80L Queer Theory Student Work
Cantu Queer Center

 Info: Curator Alphonso Ramirez at aramir14@ucsc.edu. Stop by the center to check out our latest exhibits! More info here. 


NEW! Ace of Clubs: Roundtable Discussion and Group Meeting for All Asexual Spectrum Individuals
Fri, 5/2, 8-9pm, Cant˙ Queer Center
Come one, come all, asexual, demisexual, grey-asexual, romantics and aromantics alike. All members of the asexual spectrum and allies are welcome for a round-table discussion and meeting space to hang out with other asexuals and discuss issues that affect our community. If you can't attend this meeting but are interested in future ones, contact queer@ucsc.edu. Cupcakes will be served. 


Call-Out for HIV Testing Counselors!
The applications for next year's HIV Peer Testing Program at SHOP are due Fri May 2nd. Make new friends, learn new skills, see what working in health promotion looks like, build your resume, and truly be of service to other students. Info/application: Ali Hayes at  SHOP, aahayes@ucsc.edu
                            Upcoming Events 


17th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards


Sat, 5/10, 5:30-9:30pm, 250 Washburn Ave, Capitola

Join us in celebrating and honoring queer youth and allies for the 17th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards. Tix at info@QYLA.org. 


Queers Abroad Workshop


Tues, 5/13, 7-8pm, Cant˙ Queer Center

Learn more about Study Abroad options. We are also looking for Study Abroad Returnees that identify as LGBTQIA to volunteer to assist the Programs Abroad Office in providing practical advice, from your personal experience abroad, for students who are thinking about studying abroad! Info: cjhanson@ucsc.edu


 Weds, 5/14, 6:30pm, 
Namaste Lounge
Gloria Anzlald˙a was a Chicana-tejana-lesbian-feminist poet, theorist, and fiction writer from South Texas who passed away in 2004. She was the author of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (Aunte Lute, 1987). Info: elcentro@ucsc.edu
Queer Arts Cafe
Thurs, 5/15, 6-7pm, Namaste Lounge C9
Celebrate Queer Creativity and Strong Community!  Make beaded bracelets and other jewelry, fabulous buttons, colorful cards, and "Queero" collages. Info: fpatail@ucsc.edu

Queer Fashion Show 
Fri, 5/16 & Sat, 5/17, 8pm, Porter Dining Hall
Come out and dress up as your favorite video gayme identity for this year's Queer Fashion Show! Join us as we take control and advance to the next level. Tix in the Quarry Plaza from 5/5 - 5/16. All proceeds will be donated to the SC AIDS Project and The Diversity Center. Together, it will be GAME OVER for oppression. Get involved! Info: qfs2014@gmail.com 

Fri, 5/30, 8pm-12am, C9/10 Multipurpose Rm 
The moment you've all been waiting for is here...IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD! Theta Pi Sigma and the Queer Student Union are inviting YOU to come dance like there's no tomorrow. There will be amazing student performances and music to keep you grooving. Tix are $2 but no one will be turned away. All proceeds will be donated to the Cant˙ Queer Center. Come and celebrate before it's too late! Info: thetapisigma@gmail.com 

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.  
Sun, June 1st 10am, Pacific Ave downtown 
This is a call to all UCSC queer and ally students, staff, and faculty to come join us as we march together with banana slug spirit. Email Jamie atjsepstei@ucsc.edu 

rainbow graduation
Thu, 6/12, 4-6:30 pm, Women's Center
Mark your calendars for our amazing year-end ceremony! Invite friends & family! Register here!

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Submit your question to Sexi Sami here!

What Has The Cant˙
Done For You?
 Adriana Tapia-Bernal 

Who are you? 

My name is Adriana. I am a first year from Oakes. My proposed major is Sociology and I am thinking about minoring in Literature. I identify as Queer. I spend most of my free time writing poetry. Something that really interests me is Spoken Word. 


What has the Cant˙ done for you? 

The Cant˙ has given me a space where I can feel more supported about my sexuality. In high school, I felt kind of bubbled up, although my closest friends knew about my sexuality and supported me. I have felt more confidence about my sexuality at the Cant˙ and have been welcomed by the people there. They put on fun events and have resources that have been helpful. I have met some pretty cool people there, as well.  

April 26th ~ 

New Series of Photos Seeks To Redefine What Family Means



chelsea manning

April 23rd ~ Chelsea Manning Granted Name Change Request



April 21st ~ Boy Scouts Sever Ties With Seattle Church After Its Refusal To Remove Gay Scout Leader


The Cant˙ has so many
very cool new programs
you can explore! In the past month we have had many students stop by and offer to lead new groups. They're WAY popular! Not one, but two writing groups (Mondays and Fridays). Tutoring on THREE days of the week in several subjects. Cotorreando--Spanish Chat on Thursdays. Knit and Bull*hit! Ace of Clubs, a meeting for students identifying on the asexual spectrum. Weekly peer advising on Study Abroad options. Not to mention the dozen other student orgs/groups that we've already got going on!
This year's Lavender Reception during Alumni Reunion Weekend was, as always, a convivial gathering of former and current queer students around a table of sumptuous foods. 
We're feeling most grateful to a lesbian alumna and her partner who visited campus over the weekend and made a very generous contribution to launch an endowment that will allow student internships at the Cant˙ to flourish over the years.


Drag King Dreams 
by Leslie Feinberg 
Author of Stone Butch Blues, Feinberg's characters explore the journey of gender as both an identity and a performance.  This novel follows Max, a drag club bouncer whose activist spirit is reawakened with a new outlook on gender expression.


Come CHECK IT OUT at the Cant˙ Queer Center library. We've added many new titles to our already burgeoning collection!

Enroll Now: EDUC 135: Gender and Education 

Summer Session 1 (6/23-7/25) Tu/Th 1:00-4:30pm 
Through a variety of mediums, we will explore the difficult terrain of gender and sexual identity, how race differentiates the responses and experiences of children and youth, and the role that schools play in the construction of these identities. Info: Professor Erik Green, errgreen@ucsc


Do you identify as lesbian, gay or bi? If so, have your voice be heard! Participate in the LGB Media Study! Be entered for a chance to win a gift certificate! Contact undergrad researcher Jay Lykens: jlykens@ucsc.edu

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


More upcoming queer conferences here


"If it weren't for the unconventionality of 
my desires, my mind might never have been forced to reckon with 
my body." 

hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cant˙ Strong!