November 24th ~ November 30th

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 at The Cantu Queer Center
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! 

Web resources to help with the holidays:

UCSC Meetup! 
Every Tuesday, 7:30-9:30pm
Kresge Student Lounge
Curious about BDSM? Join us for a safe & fun place to be yourself & with other like minded people. 

The Cantu will be closed for business on Thursday and Friday due to the holiday. It *WILL* be open on Thursday for our Feast!

Queer Community Feast!
Thu, 11/27, 10am - 10 pm, Food at 5 pm
Cantu Queer Center
Come cook, bake, eat, talk, laugh, and learn! All students welcome! Our doors will open at 10 am to prepare our feast. We will have munchies throughout the day and our meal at 5 pm. Vegan/vegetarian friendly! After dinner, we will hang out, play gaymes, watch films, and enjoy. While we will not endorse Thanksgiving in its traditional sense, we will GIVE THANKS to our queer/allied families of choice as we gather at the Cantu. RSVP'S APPRECIATED SO WE HAVE PLENTY OF FOOD!  RSVP here. INFO/ACCESS:  Damon: dchadic@ucsc.edu
Thanks to the Dean of Students for generous support.

Every Saturday, 7 pm. 
Come OUT and tune IN. DJ's Shaun & Steph on the air! 
stack of rainbow colored books
Submit your stories! Untold Stories:
Narratives of Young Gifted and Gay
Deadline Sun, 11/30! 
Accepting various types of literary works. Submissions can be made anonymously, using a pseudonym here.

                       Upcoming Events  

World AIDS Day
Mon, 12/1 6-7:30pm 
Louden Nelson Center, Rm 5,  301 Center St, SC

Join this honoring and candle lit walk to the clock tower (weather permitting.) 


UCSC's SHOP will be participating in World AIDS Day by erecting three  installations that focus on the history of HIV/AIDS activism: at the Kresge bridge, at the Health Center and at OPERS.  


Professor Marcia Ochoa Discusses Transgender Studies  

Tue, 12/2, 6-8 pm, Cantu Queer Center

Come meet Associate Professor Marcia Ochoa as she visits Familia X and Queer Coffeehouse and discusses Trans  Studies. (See below.)
ΘΠΣ Fundraiser
Tues, 12/2, 5-9pm, Woodstocks, 710 Front St, SC
Mention Theta Pi Sigma and 15 % of your order will be donated to make Queer Prom this year a huge success! 

Queer Book Club
Wed, 12/3, 3:30pm, Cantu Queer Center
After our holiday break we will being the book 
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood. 
Get a head start on the book this break!

Sat, 12/6 1-3 pm at the ERC Lounge 
A new group for Queer/Questioning African diaspora students. Come hang out with other students. Meets 1st & 3rd Saturdays all Winter quarter. 1st Sat @ the ERC and 3rd Sat @ the Cantu. Snacks! Info/access: sfthomas@ucsc.edu or dabbott@ucsc.edu

SF Gay Men's Chorus 
Sun, 12/7, 5pm
Peace United Church, 900 High St, SC.
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus returns to Santa Cruz for their annual holiday concert! This year the Chorus will be joined by the San Jose Choral Project and the proceeds will go to benefit the Santa Cruz AIDS Project. Tickets here.

 The Kinsey Sicks 
Thu, 12/11, 7:30pm,  Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave, SC
A gay a cappella drag quartet is coming to town to perform their legendary Oy Vey in the Manger. Acclaimed for their succulence, sarcasm, and style, the group has been called "the hottest ticket in town, taking the cabaret world by storm" by the New York Times.Tickets here. 


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Queer Quote


"'You have some queer friends, Dorothy,' she said.

'The queerness doesn't matter, so long as they're friends,' was the answer."
 We are pleased to be broadening QYou interviews to include faculty, staff, and alumni. Full interviews and archived accounts may be viewed on our website.

Marcia Ochoa, Associate Professor
Feminist Studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Professor Ochoa will be visiting the Cantu on Tuesday Dec 2nd, from 6 - 8 pm, during Familia X and Queer Coffeehouse. Come meet her then.
1. Tell us about you.   
I'm an anthropologist specialized in the ethnography of media and gender in Latina/o and Latin America. I am specifically interested in the role of the imaginary in queer/trans third world survival. I am also a co-founder of El/La Para TransLatinas, a social justice project for transgender Latinas based in San Francisco's Mission District. I've worked in queer/trans Latina/o communities since 1994, and am deeply committed to changing the distribution of life chances for trans women of color. I just published a book called Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens and the Performance of Feminity in Venezuela with Duke University Press. It's what I call a "queer diasporic ethnography" of beauty and femininity in Venezuela. In it, I think about beauty and glamour as strategies for recognition and survival of feminine people, including trans and cisgender women.In a world that is actively misogynist, that hates femininity in many forms but especially when it manifests on a body that is assigned male sex at birth, I think divas figure out how to make space for themselves in very important ways. I wanted to work out a way to recognize how divas really create the terms for their dreams and survival, because I know these are crucial to the survival of the trans women I am close to. These translatinas were the first people who knew how to read my own gender presentation, and gave me a kind of gender recognition at a very young age that made a huge difference in my life. As a gender-variant person (I present masculine but am not interested in using transition technologies like hormones and surgery, and I use feminine pronouns mostly out of habit - I actually answer to most pronouns!), I saw that my own struggle was bound up in theirs, and that my privilege as a light-skinned middle-class, college-educated Latina gave me space to express my gender that other folks have to fight tooth and nail for. I've been involved in trans activism in the Bay Area and Venezuela for going on 20 years now, and I am always floored by the style and grace of translatina survival and activism.   
            2. Tell us about Transgender Studies here at UCSC.
We are really just starting to set the terms of what Trans Studies means at UCSC and in many other places, and it's an exciting time! We are one of a handful of universities now that have seen the value of this emerging area and are actively offering courses. Santa Cruz has a deep history of queer theory, Trans Studies and queer/trans activism. LEARN MORE WHEN PROFESSOR OCHOA VISITS THE CANTU ON DEC 2ND. Or read the entire interview online.
3. What  does the Cantu mean to you? 
I am so grateful to the Cantú Center for supporting our students in such deep and meaningful ways. The Cantú provides amazing opportunities for students to get support, leadership experience and connection. For me as a professor, the Cantú has meant that I have a place to refer students who run into all kinds of trouble and drama as they are trying to get through school, and see them get resources to deal with whatever comes up and thrive. It's also been a great place to collaborate with staff and students on bringing speakers to campus and lots of great things. The Cantú is awesome!

Are you a student, staff, faculty, or alumni of UCSC? We want YOU for a QYou profile.

What to do at the Cantu!
Tips. News.  
Clips. Reviews.
All things trans at UCSC.  
FTM Transition: 2 Months on T
FTM Transition:
2 Months on T

This week we check in on Spencer's transition. He talks about physical and social changes, and the concept of "passing" as a male. 



QTips by Blender, UCSC's trans student group. 

Come chill, er, warm with us!
Yes, we're atop Crown Hill, but we're a cool, er, warm, place to chill!

Did you know that the Night Shuttle will bring you to the Crown Circle and you'll be just inches, er, a few yards away from the Cantu?

So even though you live at Oakes, Porter, College 8, Kresge, the Trailer Park, off campus, etc. you're just a few minutes away from amazing company, fresh popped popcorn, hot coffee & tea, a mellow study space, scintillating queer conversations and so much more!  As overheard at the center: "Hey, dyke, take the hike!"   

                 QConferences                           Your QueerCareer

Feb 27-28th ~ Asterisk Trans* Conference @ UCR
  register here

APRIL 10-11th, 2015 ~ BlaqOUT Conference @UCR info

Info: queer@ucsc.edu

What has the Cantu done for you?

The Cantu Queer Center is part of a cluster with the four ethnic resource centers (located above the Bay Tree Bookstore) and the Women's Center, (located at the base of campus, near the police station.) Our 6 centers collectively provide critical support to and programming about students of color, queer students, and women students.

Once a year the 6 centers collaborate on a FUN program, THE BIG BREAK is a crafty, gift-making-party, photoboothy and yummy-tummy feast all in one.

Mark your calendars for the evening of Fri, Dec 12th at the Oakes Learning Center!
More details 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 at the Cantu.

     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 here.

Mean Little Deaf Queer: A Memoir
by Terry Galloway
Galloway is the founder of the Actual Lives writing and performance programs, cofounder of the Mickee Faust Academy for the REALLY Dramatic Arts, and author of Out All Night and Lost My Shoes, "a solo theater piece that is considered one of the foundational texts in the history of disability performance."

 QReview provided by our own Queer Book Club facilitator, Adrian Diaz.
hands surrounding earth
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