Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cantú!
10:30am-4:30pm ~ Math Drop-in Tutoring 
5-6:30pm ~ 
Queer Writing Group 
7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks 
5-6:30pm - Women's Group  
6:30-9pm ~ Queer Coffeehouse (featuring Knit and Bullsh*it)
1-3pm ~ Study Abroad Peer Advising
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
1:30-3:30pm ~
Cotorreando Spanish Chat, Spanish and Biology Drop-in Tutoring
5:30-7pm ~ Familia X 
7-8:30pm ~ QPOC
11am-5pm ~ Math, Science, and Writing Drop-in Tutoring
4-5pm ~ Queer Writing Circle 
5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender

7:30-9pm - Ace of Clubs, Asexuality Group  
For more about our queer student orgs & groups, go here. 
Let your queer voice be heard! 
Take the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey, make a difference, and get a chance to win one of three iPad Airs, $100 gift cards, and other prizes! June 30th deadline. Take it here!
Lunch Queer Grad Student Luncheon
Tues, 5/13, 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


Queers Abroad Workshop

 Tues, 5/13, 7-8pm, Cantú Queer Center

Learn more about Study Abroad options. We are also looking for Study Abroad Returnees that identify as LGBTQIA to attend to share their practical advice, from your personal experience abroad, for students who are thinking about studying abroad! Info: cjhanson@ucsc.edu


PFLAG PFLAG Santa Cruz Monthly Meeting

Tues, 5/13, 7-9pm, 900 High St. SC. 

Please join us as we hear from some of the nominees and awardees from the 17th Annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards. They will share their personal stories about their LGBTQ/Ally work in the community. 

  Weds, 5/14, 6:30pm, 
Namaste Lounge
Gloria Anzlaldúa 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 at C9
Celebrate Queer Creativity and Strong Community!  Make beaded bracelets and other jewelry, fabulous buttons, colorful cards, and "Queero" collages. Info: fpatail@ucsc.edu

Faculty Lecture featuring Jody Greene
Thu, 5/15, 7-8:30 pm, Soc Sciences 2, Rm 75
Queer Literature prof gives a presentation to the entire campus community as though this was her 'last lecture' which, we're happy to report, it is not! A Dean's Office event.

Queer Beer!
Thu, 5/15, 8:30-10 pm,
Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright, SC  
Look for the rainbows on the tables. Join queer UCSC grad students and friends for conversation and (no-host) food and drinks. Info: errgreen@ucsc.edu

Boreth Ly is an Asst Prof of SE Asian Art History & Visual Culture at UCSC. He is one of the few Cambodian-American queer professors in the U.S. Q & A. Free lunch. 

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 QFS! 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 

Lesbian Comedy Night 
Sun, May 18, 8pm, Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St. SC.
Premier lesbian comics Suzanne Westenhoefer and Jennie McNulty will appear in an evening of comedy, social commentary and over-the-top fun.  The evening will benefit the United Church of Christ Coalition for LGBT Concerns.  Buy tickets here!
                            Upcoming Events 

Thu, 5/22, Cantú Queer Center
Stop by all day to watch films about gay icon Harvey Milk! Milk & cookies! Learn more about Harvey Milk here.

Santa Cruz Pride Event: Special showing of BRIDEGROOM

Thu, 5/22, 6:30-10:00pm, Del Mar Theater, 1124 Pacific Ave, SC 

BRIDEGROOM tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship cut tragically short by a fatal accident before the very recent the legal protections of marriage equality in California. 100% of proceeds go to The Diversity Center.



Thu, 5/22, 8pm, Cantú Queer Center

Come read or perform your poem or one of your fave queer writers! Musicians and dancers also welcome to perform!  Collab of Kinetic Poetics Project, Familia X, QPOC, TPS & Cantú

Rainbow Challah & The Bubble!
Thu, 5/29, 7pm, Hillel, 222 Cardiff Pl. (next to 7-11)
Come bake Rainbow Challah & watch 'The Bubble', an award winning film about an Israeli man and a Palestinian man who fall in love. Buy challah that night or in Quarry Plaza on Fri, from 11am-1pm. Proceeds benefit Queer Youth Leadership Awards and Camp Kesem. Info: jocelyn@santacruzhillel.org

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. Amazing student performances and music to keep you grooving. Tix are $2 but no one will be turned away. All proceeds to the Cantú 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 at jsepstei@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!

Rainbow Grad is Looking for Volunteers!
We are looking for as many helping hands as we can get!  If you're willing and able, take a look at the available time slots here. Info: Volunteer Coord, Adrián Díaz:  adadiaz@ucsc.edu 

Dear Sexi Sami,

I want to know how to pick the best lube, for just about any situation. I'm pretty clueless on the whole subject. I know some lubes are better than others for things like anal, but usually I just pick up the cheapest water based lube I can and assume it's good enough. Thoughts? Signed, Caution: Slippery When Wet


Sexi Sami Sez: Put away your mop bucket and warning sign because this is one instance you'll want everything slippery! Banana slugs are lucky because our lube factory is going 24/7. But you humans need lubricants to make penetrative play a whole lot easier and to create the extra glide to reduce frictional pain. However, you gotta grab the right stuff for the job! Check this out!...READ MORE!   


Submit your question to Sexi Sami here!

What Has The Cantú
Done For You?


 "What I love about being queer is... Everything. I like that it makes me different, and I like that it makes people uncomfortable sometimes. I like that it makes people ask me lots of questions about things they probably would not normally ask people about their relationships or lifestyles. And most of all I love being queer because i get to have a girlfriend." 


May 9th ~ Arkansas Judge Strikes Down State's Gay Marriage Ban

May 6th ~ Welcome To The Isle Of Klezbos, Where Yiddish Meets Queer

May 5th ~ A Gay Dad's Tribute To Lesbian Moms Who Lost Their Young Son

May 5th ~ Twin Brothers To Face Different Treatment From Boy Scouts

UCSC's collective energy towards celebrating ALL THINGS QUEER is unsurpassed this year! Not only is May SO GAY
but Spring is Here and it's Waaaay Queer! If you've missed the amazing events that have already happened (Faux Shaux/Glitterball, Queer Skate, Queer Youth Awards, Trans* Self-Defense, Queer Lip Synch, Cowell Queer Film Night, C10 Pride Picnic and several others!) do not despair. This week is packed and so is the next! Director Deb attended Saturday's Queer Youth Leadership Awards and was wowed by the resource fair, dinner, and awards ceremony. Many amazing queer youth activists and their adult allies were honored. Laughter and tears flowed throughout the moving event. High praise goes out to UCSC's own senior, Jay Lykens, who served as QYLA's co-coordinator and to
alumnus, Stuart Rosenstein, who has been overseeing this valuable community event for its 17 years.   
zami book cover
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography


by Audre Lorde


Zami is part poetry collection, part memoir, part mythological story telling.  Off Our Backs describes her book as "a fast-moving chronicle. From the author's vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950's."


Come CHECK IT OUT at the Cantú 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:  errgreen@ucsc.edu

Intern at Outfest 

Outfest is currently hiring for two paid summer internship positions for current undergraduate students: Outreach and Programming intern. Info here.


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


Expanding the Circle

June 23-26th, San Francisco

This program organized by California Institute of Integral Studies is designed for academic deans and administrators, faculty and faculty development specialists, student life professionals, campus counselors, students, and non-profit professionals who seek to advance LGBTQ issues and concerns in the academy. Info: www.ciis.edu  


More upcoming queer conferences here
hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cantú Strong!