Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cantú! 
5:30-7pm ~ Queer Men's Group

7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks
1-3pm ~ Queers Abroad Peer Advising

5-6:30pm - Familia X

6:30-9pm ~ Queer Coffeehouse 


3:30-4:30pm ~ Queer Book Club

5-6:30pm ~ Queer Women's Group

7-10pm ~ Queer Student Union 


10am-noon ~ Test. Talk. Split. (HIV Testing and more)

1-2pm ~ Love Outside the Binary: Bi/Pan Safe Space

7-8:30pm ~ Queer People of Color (QPOC)  


5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender (Trans*/Genderqueer)

7:30-9pm - Ace of Clubs (Asexual Safe Space)
For more about our queer student orgs & groups, go here! 

Your Queer Career!



Diversity Center Social Media Intern position
10+ hours per week. More info here!

Many of our queer student groups start this week! See sidebar for details and join in!

Queer Graduate Student Lunch!  
Tues, 10/14, 12:30-2 pm
Graduate Student Commons
Occurring every 2nd Tuesday, meet other queer grad students, plus Cantu and Grad Commons staff. Healthy lunch provided.

Queers Abroad!
Tues, 10/14, 1-3pm
Cantu Queer Center

Meet with a peer adviser every Tuesday at the Cantu Queer Center for study abroad opportunities.

Queer Book Club
Wed, 10/15, 3:30-4:30pm
Cantu Queer Center 
stack of rainbow colored books
Come join us! We will be reading and discussing Sojourner Truth's speech "Ain't I a Woman?" Copies will be provided and are also available online. 

Test. Talk. Split.
Thu, 10/16, 10am-noon, the Cantu Take a quick, painless HIV TEST every Thursday. TALK with a trained peer/staff counselor about safer sex and sexuality. Reward yourself with a banana split after your 20 minute test. Then you can SPLIT! 
Queer Beer! 
Thu, 10/16 7-9ish pm 
Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright Ave, SC 
Join queer UCSC graduate students, faculty, staff, and friends every 3rd Thursday for no-host good drinks, convo, and food. Look for the rainbow on the table outside.Info here. 

Asian American/ Pacific Islander Reception
Fri, 10/17, 5-7pm, Coll 9/10 Multipurpose Rm
All are welcome at this Fall reception!

Diversity Center's 25th Anniversary Gala

Sat, 10/18, 6pm-1am  

Michael's on Main, 2591 So. Main St., Soquel

Guests will enjoy an incredible dinner and casino night experience, with a scandalous Pee Wee's Playhouse After Party, and performances by Broadway's Frenchie Davis and American Idol's Lazaro Arbos, an insane drag show - and a dance floor that's gonna be burnin' up! Tix  here 

                            Upcoming Events 
Health Fair! 
Mon, 10/20, 11am-2pm @ Health Center Courtyard
Join us for an afternoon of health, music, FREE food from India Joze, games, give-aways and sunshine in our beautiful courtyard. Chat with local experts about healthy behaviors so you can make this year your BEST ever!
Practical Activism Conference 
Sat, 10/25, 10:30am - 5pm 
Colleges 9 & 10, Multipurpose Rm 
Come to the conference with workshop topics on The Student Debt Crisis, Homelessness in Transgender Communities, Community Resistance to Racial Profiling, Gentrification, Activism through Social Media, Body Image, and more.

Sworn to Protect: Sexual Assault in the Military
Thur, 11/6,  7pm, Music Recital Hall
The presentation will address the controversies that have erupted over a problem that is often misunderstood and rarely reported. The overall goal is to improve the response systems to sexual assault in civilian and military arenas. $5 ticket includes parking. there are a limited amount of free tix for UCSC students. Register here
Ask Sexi Sami!
Ask Sexi Sami is an anonymous weekly column for the UCSC community sponsored by the Cantú Queer Center and Student Health Outreach & Promotion (SHOP). Sexi Sami will answer questions related to healthy queer sex and relationships. One question will be answered and published in the Cantú's QConnect newsletter every Monday.

Dear Sexi Sami, I'm a new student at UCSC and just moved into the dorms. I have the desire to explore my sexuality, but I've never told anyone that I'm not straight. I don't exactly know how to identify myself so I'm having a hard time talking to new people about who I am. How can I come out if I don't even know what to call myself?  Signed, Lost in the Closet


Sexi Sami Sez: Figuring out your identity can be challenging, yet fun, so don't stress about finding the perfect fit right away. Many people find that once they discover their identities, they stick with them for life, while others learn that their identity/identities are fluid, and change over time. Sexi Sami's identity is positively slippery-slimy! Read more here.

 Submit YOUR question to Sexi Sami here!
Q Video
FTM Transition: Spencer's Intro
FTM Transition: Spencer's Intro
As featured in Qyou this week, Spencer has also started his own Youtube channel that will be covering his transition and the changes that come from testosterone.  To follow on their progress you can subscribe to his channel here!
Tips. News. Clips. Reviews. All things trans* at UCSC.

Tip #1: When you are unsure of someone's pronouns, it is better to ask them politely instead of guessing. However, you may be putting them in an uncomfortable position by singling them out with a question like that. The best thing you can do in a social setting is to have everyone give their preferred name and gender so that no one feels confused or embarrassed.  


QT*ips by Blender, UCSC's trans*/genderqueer student group.  

Spencer Armini

Q1: Who are you? What are your hobbies? 

My name is Spencer Armini, a Politics major/Math minor from College 10. I like scenic walks and anything having to do with nature.
Q2: What has the Cantu done for you? 
The Cantu has provided a truly safe space for me where I know my identity will be 100% respected. They've also provided the space and resources for me to get involved in queer life both on and off campus. More than that, the fact that the Cantu has put so much effort into getting gender-neutral bathrooms on campus is huge and gives me hope that the transgender community is starting to receive more recognition on campus overall.
What has the Cantu done for you?

UCSC Student Meghann Carey and UCSC alumna & civil rights activist Kris Perry after Perry's lecture at Kresge Town Hall

The Cantu Queer Center had the pleasure of working with the Staff Advisory Board, Kelly Weisberg from the Chancellor's office, and other campus units on bringing civil rights heroine Kris Perry to campus today. Perry was one of four plaintiffs in the case that reversed Prop 8 and restored marriage equality to California. Perry's account today was riveting. If you missed it, look for the video in QConnect soon! 



We are all ears, seeking your piercingly honest, constructive anonymous feedback, answering your
probing questions,
and soaking up your ringing praise about all things queer at UCSC and the Cantú. Give your feedback here!

Want to give your feedback and share your ideas in person? Director Deb is ALWAYS open to meeting with you. Her motto: "Don't talk about me. Talk to me." Email her here to make an appointment.

Closer to Home: Bisexuality and Feminism
Elizabeth Reber Weise, editor

This essay collection focuses on the accounts of bisexual women and their experiences with intersecting identities.  Each writer looks uniquely into their own ideologies and the realities they face as marginalized minorities.  It is an anthology that comments on today's culture and its sexual politics.
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Keep the Cantú Strong!