October 27th ~ November 2nd

 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 realized that I was asexual because when I was young, all of my friends started being attracted to people, and I had no idea what they were talking about."
David Jay

Cantú Queer Center's Residential Student Council 2014-15 Application 
Calling all students who want to get involved in queerifying their UCSC residential setting! NOW OPEN!
Queers Abroad
Tue,10/28, 1-3pm, Cantu Queer Center
Meet with peer adviser, Ryan Maganini,
every Tuesday for study abroad opportunities!  
Haunted House On A Hill
Tues, 10/28, 4-8pm, Women's Center
Come join us near the base of campus for a scary fun time suitable for all ages. 

Transwomen Peer Support Group
Tues, 10/28,  7:30pm
Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, SC

A support group for people under the age of 40 that meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.

Test, Talk, Split
Thu, 10/30, 10am-12
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!



Love Beyond the Binary

Thu, 10/30, 1-2pm, Cantu Queer Center  

Come join other students who identify along the queer and questioning spectrum. Led by Jamie Epstein. Come talk & listen! 


LGBTQ Halloween Party

Thu, 10/30, 4:30- 7:30pm  

900 High St, SC

All are welcome to our queer halloween party for a spooky and fun time. Dress up in your wildest costume for our fun fashion show! Location is big church at the base of campus!  



Deadline is TODAY to apply for UCR's amazing trans* camp! More information below. Don't miss it! 


qpoc QPOC 

Thu, 10/30, 7-8:30, Coll 8 Red Room 

Join us this week at Coll 8 and watch a fun film before Halloween. Snacks galore! 


Sun, 11/2, 7-9pm, The Village, A-3
A workshop for students to learn about the Trans community and issues surrounding transphobia and diversity. With a speaker from SHOP, The Cantu, and a student led panel. All are welcome.

                            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!!! For help applying, etc. contact Tam
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. 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.

Dearest Sexi Sami,

I've been having sex with my partner for a few weeks now and we've just started using a strap-on. Neither one of us has owned toys before so we are a little clueless about how to keep them clean. I'm not sure if we should be washing the toy between using it on each other or not. Can you clarify the do's and dont's of dildos? Signed, Strapped for Answers

Sexi Sami Sez,  I'm delighted that you've opened your toy chest and begun exploring the exciting world of strap-ons, dildos and vibrators! Sexi Sami gets incredibly slippery when toys are thrown into the mix and encourages anyone who is curious about sex toys to check out some shops downtown like Camouflage and Pure Pleasure, both of which provide a wide selection of toys to browse through. These shops are safe queer spaces for asking sex related questions, too, so don't hesitate to explore their shops! More here.  

 Submit YOUR question to Sexi Sami here!
Q Video
Tips. News.  
Clips. Reviews.
All things trans* at UCSC.

If a friend confides in you that they are trans*, listen to them closely while they are talking. Most likely, they have had to work up to this interaction and are under a lot of stress already, so don't cut them off while they are talking. Don't make the conversation about yourself or your experience as much as you think it may apply. When they are done, try to avoid echoing statements like, "It doesn't matter" or "I don't care." It may be well-intentioned, but the fact is that it does matter. You should care because things will be different. What should never change is your love and respect for them as an individual.

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

Jamie Epstein
Q1: Who are you and what do you do?
 They call me Jamie Epstein, but I am also known as Wonder Pig. PGP They and She. I am a double major in Community Studies and Feminist Studies. 

Q2: What are you up to?
You may see me around campus promoting sexual health for SHOP. I am also at the Cantú every Thursday for the Love Beyond the Binary group that I host. My main
interest is to spread as much love as possible. If you see me frolicking around, don't hesitate to say hello!

Q3: What does the Cantu mean to you?
The Cantu is a place to escape as well as a center to connect. I love the Cantu because I can relax and take a break from the world or I can meet someone new and make a great friend. You never know what to expect!

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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  register here

Come to a career panel with professionals in the broadcast media industry. 


Internship opportunity that focuses on LGBTQ issues within the youth and young adult population. Email for more  info. 

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 recently  and hope to see you at the Cantu on Thursday mornings (10 am-noon) for testing, educational info, and banana splits!

Blender is an amazing weekly Friday space for trans*/genderqueer identified students. If you're an ally that would like to learn more about trans* issues, attend this Sunday's TRANS* 101 workshop. Student panels will share their stories. Details above!


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
by Imogen Binnie

This dark comedy focuses on the character Maria, "a young trans girl living in New York City who's trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail." (Amazon Review) This is a story of metamorphosis, relationships, break-ups, and staying true to one's self.  Check it out at the Cantu Library!
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Keep the Cantú Strong! 

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