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) Meeting College 8 Red Room this week!  


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! 
Queer Quote
"I know I'm not a man...and I've come to the conclusion that I'm probably not a woman either. The trouble is, we're living in a world that insists we be one or the other."
-Kate Bornstein

Del Mar Theater, Pacific Ave, SC
Last week to watch this wonderful film  
where UK gay and lesbian activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Showtimes here.
Health Fair!
Mon,10/20, 11am-2pm
Health Center Courtyard
Join us for a fair with health, music,
FREE food, games, & give-aways. Chat with local experts about healthy behaviors!
Queers Abroad! 
Tue, 10/21, 1-3pm Cantu Queer Center
Meet with peer adviser, Ryan Maganini, every Tuesday at the Cantu for study abroad opportunities. 

ueer Book Club
Wed, 10/22, 3:30-4:30pm
Cantu Queer Cente
Begin reading The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer, a retelling of the myth of Persephone and Hades, that reveals the trans* Goddess of the Underworld.
Neil Patrick Harris in Santa Cruz! 
Wed, 10/22, 7pm
Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, SC
Neil Patrick Harris, a Tony and Emmy award winning stage & screen performer, will discuss his new autobiography with his husband. Tix online 
Test. Talk. Split.
Thu, 10/16, 10am-noon
Cantu Queer Center 
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!
"Undocumented Desires:  On Day Labor, Sex Work, and Neoliberal Queer Politics"
Thu, 10/23, 4-6pm
Charles E. Merrill Lounge
Richard T. Rodríguez, Assoc Professor of English and Latina/Latino Studies at the U of Illinois, discusses his forthcoming book on queer Latino representation in visual culture and literature, as well as the politics of social space.
Practical Activism Conference
Sat, 10/25, 10:30am - 5pm 
Colleges 9 & 10, Multipurpose Rm 
Workshop topics: The Student Debt Crisis, Homelessness in Transgender Communities, Community Resistance to Racial Profiling, Gentrification, Activism
through Social Media, Body Image & more
                            Upcoming Events 

T*Camp: An InterCampus Retreat for Trans/Genderqueer & Gender Questioning Students
1/9-1/11/15, Gindling Hilltop Camp, Malibu, CA  
Deadline to APPLY 10/30!!! 
Sworn to Protect: Sexual Assault in the Military
Thu, 11/6,  7pm, Music Recital Hall
Provost and academic dean Elizabeth Hillman 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. Some free tix for UCSC students. Register here
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 QConnect every Monday.

Dear Sexi Sami,
It's my third year here at UCSC and I am starting to feel as if there is a big difference between my friends and me when it comes to sex and relationships.  My friends date, have significant others, and enjoy sex, but I don't seem to share their same level of interest these activities.  I do enjoy dating, but I don't feel any urge to go beyond talking, cuddling, and making out.   Am I just a "late bloomer" or are there people who just aren't interested in sex?  Signed, Disinterested


Sexi Sami Sez,

For a lot of folks, level of interest in sexual activity changes throughout their lives.  There are many internal and external elements that can contribute to one's interest or disinterest in sex.  Variables include age, partner(s), survivor status, personal ideas and values surrounding sex, internalized homo/biphobia, body issues, medications, hormones, and many other factors!  Some folks find that their interest in sex fluctuates over time, while others feel as if their interest/disinterest is fairly consistent.Read more here
 Submit YOUR question to Sexi Sami here!
Q Video
Tips. News.
Clips. Reviews.
All things trans* at UCSC.

Tip #2
When communicating with a trans* person, try not to bring up the fact that they are trans* into every conversation. In fact, don't try to at all unless they tell you they are okay with talking about it. Trans* people constantly face the risk of violence and harassment for being trans*, so don't take it personally or criticize them for not wanting to have that aspect of their life be an immediate, public discussion point. Trans* people are also people outside of their "transness" who may or may not have a lot in common with you. Seeing them only as "trans* people" simplifies and reduces their identities, leaving them subject to numerous harmful, detrimental myths and stereotypes. Such is one of the most common, micro aggressive forms of transmisogyny.
QT*ips by Blender, UCSC's trans*/genderqueer student group.  
Julia Franco
Q1: Who are you and what are you interest? 

My name is Julia Franco, PGP she/her/hers. I'm a Stevenson-affiliated Literature major. I like reading any and all fiction, especially if it involves fantasy, queer women, people of color, or any combination thereof.

Q2: What has the Cantu done for you? 

The Cantu has provided me with a safe space to study and an endless supply of friendly people to hang out with. Plus, it has a great library full of queer-themed books.

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                 QConferences                                   Your QueerCareer
Nov 3rd-6th ~Out & Equal Workplace Summit, SF.

Nov 7-9th ~ UCSA Student of Color Conference, UC Merced

Apply to represent UCSC here

Feb 27-28th ~ Asterisk Trans* Conference @ UCR Join the UCSC contingent

What to Do at the Cantu?

Explore our library!
Have you been itching to read some queer themed books? We have 2,000+ queer titles for you to check out and read. Come in and talk to our librarian, Adrián, for recommendations and to learn about the Queer Book Club. 

What has the Cantu done for you?

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The Cantú staff is proud of our many collaborations with campus and the community! We launched our HIV and more program  
Test. Talk. Split." with SHOP last Thursday and hope to see you at the Cantu on Thursday mornings (10 am-noon) for testing, educational info, and banana splits! THIS week we are pleased that Ryan from Programs Abroad will be joining us on Tuesdays from 1-3 pm to talk about study abroad options for queer students. We are also working with AARCC (African American Resource and Cultural Center) to co-host BLAQQ
a first-ever mixer for Black/African diaspora queer students. Stay tuned!


We are all ears, seeking your piercingly honest, constructive anonymous feedback, answering your
probing questions, and soaking up your
ringingpraise about all things queer at UCSC and the Cantú. Give your feedback
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
Ginsberg: A Biograph 
by Barry Miles

Allen Ginsberg, a
gay American Beat Generation poet in the 1950's , was at the frontier of an American counterculture that strongly opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression along with denouncing capitalism and conformity.
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