Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cantú!
10:30am-4:30pm ~ Math Drop-in Tutoring 
Queer Writing Group 
7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks 
5-6:30pm - Queer 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 ~ Queer 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! 
Tues, 5/20, 7pm, C 9/10 MPR Come be moved by keynote speaker César Cruz of Homies Empowerment Program in Oakland. 

Weds, 5/21, UCSC Media Theatre
5pm - Silas Howard in conversation with B. Ruby Rich
7pm - Valencia screening, followed by a Q&A with Silas Howard, Samuael Topiary & Harris David Harris (Lil Miss Hot Mess).
Based on the legendary 90's lesbian memoir Valencia by Michelle Tea, this film takes us on an adventurous journey through Michelle's love life as told by 20  filmmakers.
harvey milk
Harvey Milk Day
Thu, 5/22, Cantú Queer Center
Stop by all day to watch films about gay icon Harvey Milk! Milk & cookies will be served. Learn about Milk here.


Special showing of BRIDEGROOM

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

BRIDEGROOM tells the 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. 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! Desserts & coffee drinks!  (Baristas wanted!) Collab of Kinetic Poetics Project, Familia X, QPOC, TPS & Cantú
                            Upcoming Events 

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.  Volunteers Wanted! Sign up here to help or contact volunteer@santacruzpride.org with questions.


Sun, 6/1, 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

Women's Center Year-End Celebration House Party
Thurs, 6/5, 7pm, UCSC Women's Center
Featuring La Chica Boom a performance project that explores sexual/racial representation, queer acts, and compulsory whiteness. 
As a community organizer, Ibarra's work is located within immigrant, anti-rape and prison abolitionist movements. 

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!
If you're willing and able, go  here to sign up.
Info: Volunteer Coordinator, Adrián Díaz:  adadiaz@ucsc.edu

10th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival

Fri 6/13- Sun 6/15, Brava Theater, 2789 24th Street, SF

A Decade of Love with 32 new films in 4 screening programs that are fully captioned and subtitled. Our 10th anniversary will showcase films from the QWOCMAP Film & Freedom Academy tour of California, and new documentaries from Colombia and Paraguay. Click here for movies and event times.



Sexi Sami Sez:
I've been busy having slippery sex instead of writing about it! If you're a lesbian and have never enjoyed lesbian sex, read this how-to article for cis lovers! If your lover is trans*, read this! 


Submit your question to Sexi Sami here!

What Has The Cantú
Done For You?
The percentage of LGBT workers who remain in the closet at work. (HRC Foundation's new report, The Cost of the Closet)

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  ENDA simply affords to all Americans basic employment protection from discrimination based on irrational prejudice.  The bill is closely modeled on existing civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The bill explicitly prohibits preferential treatment and quotas and does not permit disparate impact suits.  ENDA was approved by the Senate on November 7, 2013, by a bipartisan vote of 64-32. It must now be approved by the House. 

May 15th ~ Male Soccer Players Share Kiss After Win -- And Apparently People Need Answers About It
May 14th ~ How Michael Sam Inspired the Great Facebook Kiss-In

 May 13th ~ David LaChapelle Features Carmen Carrera In Life Ball Posters (NSFW)

May 13th ~ Starbucks' Teavana Oprah Chai Latte Ad Features Lesbian Moms 

If you didn't get a chance to perform at the incredible Queer Fashion Show, then DO
come to the Cantu this Thursday for QMic! Perform your poems, read a poem of your fave queer poet, sing a song, bring your talent and share it with a big friendly audience! You don't have to be a pro! All levels of performers are welcome! Delectable desserts and coffee drinks, too! The fun starts at 8 pm!

The Cantú and student leaders are getting organized for NEXT year! On Sunday, Director Deb and reps from our queer student orgs had a mini-retreat to make the flow of next year's orgs better than ever. Kudos to Santos, Dillon, Israel, and Michael for initiating this productive meeting of minds!


Graduating? Be sure to register for Rainbow Grad Ceremony here.  And spread the word to your graduating friends! Invite your friends and family! 
Borderlands - La Frontera: The New Mestiza
by Gloria Anzaldua


This collection of essays and poems challenge a common cultural conception of identity.  Anzaldua, Chicana, Lesbian, Writer, and Activist, discusses the intersectionality of identities that all people are faced with, showing that the psychological, social, and cultural backgrounds we all inhabit work together to round a person's identity as a whole.


Come CHECK IT OUT at the Cantú Queer Center library. 

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 6-7th ~ Doing Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in a Neoliberal Age @ UCSC

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


expanding the circle

June 23rd-26th ~ Expanding the Circle, San Francisco


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