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. 
The first U.S. Gay Pride
Parade was held on November 2, 1969,
in New York City by way of a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) meeting in Philadelphia.
This is the 40th year that local queer folks have marched and rallied for Pride! In early years, protesters lined the streets along with supporters.
The Santa Cruz Dyke and Trans* March has been taking over the streets since 1992! Don't miss it this Saturday!
Cantu Director Deb was awarded a Trailblazer Award for her longterm queer community activism. She will receive her award at the (sold out) Trailblazer's Reception this Saturday. Before founding the Cantu Queer Center in 1997, Deb worked in various community organizations serving queer youth, lesbians with cancer, and trans* people. She was co-editor of  the bestseller "From Wedded Wife to Lesbian Life" that helped married queer women come out. 

  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! 

Queer Poetry Workshop
Thu, 5/29, 5-7pm, Porter I-Lounge
Activities to help budding poets think about Identity, Intersectionality and Queerness in writing and performing spoken word. We will be exploring our own individual identities and communicate across our differences to think about how the arts can be used to educate ourselves and make connections in these areas. 

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

You are invited to join us as we vow to love the Earth! The procession will be hosted by the Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) class on Ecosexuality. Marriage officiator: Annie Sprinkle Ph.D. Fruit and a harpist included. Come marry the Earth, engage in student performances, witness or object the ceremony, and celebrate our beautiful planet! Access/info: jsepstei@ucsc.edu 

Queer Men's Pre-Pride Party
Fri, 5/30, 7pm-midnight,  Curt & Mo's, 126 Pacheco Ave, SC
For gay, bi, transmen, questioning, queer men. Meet and greet old and new friends. 
BYOB, snacks and drinks. 18+ only.

Fri, 5/30, 8pm-12am, C9/10 MPR 
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 

22nd Annual Dyke Trans March
Sat, 5/31, 4pm, Clock Tower
"Gender is Dead". Followed by Pink Saturday Party  with DJ AD at Tampico Kitchen. Info here.

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 & Cathcart St, downtown SC
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 
                            Upcoming Events 

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.


Dear Sexi Sami, This question is not really a sex question, but a gender question. I'm a guy who has been cross dressing since I was young and now I'm considering HRT. Right now I'm kinda on the fence whether or not I should go through with it. I'm okay with living as a man or a women, so either way I would still be happy with myself. I need help on how to deal with situation. Signed, Anonymous

Sexi Sami Sez: It sounds like you are at an important juncture in your life, and are looking for direction. And you're smart to want to be certain about HRT since some of its effects are permanent. Your question is beyond the scope of the column, as nobody can tell you what you should/need to do but yourself. However, I can leave you with these suggestions . . .


Submit your question to Sexi Sami here!

What Has The Cantú
Done For You?

This week is all about Pride! On campus, off campus. Dancing, marching, baking, film watching! Get your Pride on and don't take it off!


Be sure to visit the Cantú's table at Kresge Pride on Saturday. Rose is planning a way cool activity that involves balloons, Queer Kisses, gender games, and fun!


Jamie is organizing the UCSC contingent for the  SC Pride March and Festival  on Sunday and we want a big huge bunch of marchers down Pacific Ave to show our community what an out and proud campus we are! The streets will be packed with supporters! Our local queer youth and elders will marching along with families and allies! PFLAG will be there. Churches and synagogues will be marching. Radical Faeries will be as fabulous as ever and Dykes on Bikes will be revving their engines. Director Deb will be donning her lavender gloves to do the Queen's wave to the crowd and hopes to see you all there!

You're queer? Be there UCSC--10 am at Pacific & Cathcart Aves!

May 23rd ~ Post Office Honors Harvey Milk, But Harbors Anti-Gay Past

May 23rd ~ Federal Judges Now Seeing The Simple Truth About Gay Marriage: It's A Matter Of Love And Equality

May 22nd ~ Daniel-Ryan Spaulding Asks 'What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?'

May 19th ~ 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Character Gobber The Belch Will Come Out As Gay

What an amazing turnout at the Cantu's QMic thanks to collaborations of Kinetic Poetic Project, QPOC, Familia X and the Cantu. Cintia Flores and MK get lots of props for their leadership of this successful event. We guarantee this will NOT be the last opportunity for queer/allied poets and artists to read and perform! Thanks to fundraising, the Cantu has a brand new espresso maker, so we're excited about taking QCoffeehouse to the next level! Calling all baristas!

Have  you ever wanted to learn how to bake bread and especially those gorgeous braided loaves called challah? THIS Thursday at 7:30 pm, thanks to the Cantu's cosponsorship with Hillel, you can learn to make rainbow challah! All while watching an incredible film,
The Bubble. If you'd rather eat challah than bake it, go to Quarry Plaza Friday morning from 10:30 til noon and buy a loaf! Half of all proceeds go to queer youth.
The Lover's Dictionary
by David Levithan 
This modern novel is a collection of words that reads similar to a dictionary, each new passage constructs the story of a relationship with a nameless narrator.  Each passage posed as words with their definitions read a bit more like narrative poetry that progresses in a way that justifies it being called a novel in the first place.
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!