December 8th~ December 14th

Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cantú! 

All Groups will be meeting this week! 
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 and questioning)

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

Way stressed?

In a crisis? 

Student making video on Gender Representation 
Film participants for Julisa Lopez' project WANTED! Contact here 

Queer Grad Student Lunch
Tues, 12/9, 12:30-2pm 
Graduate Student Commons
Join other queer grad students at this monthly luncheon/ Terrific lunch; fabulous company. Bring your fellow queer lab mates and research buddies too!

Holiday Mixer 
Tues, 12/9, 7-9pm,
Peace United, 900 High St, SC.
PFLAG and the Transfamily Support Group of SC County are excited to welcome you to our holiday mixer: It will be a family atmosphere & potluck dessert.  Students from Soquel High School will be performing.

Holiday Card Making for People in Prison
Thu, 12/11, 4-7 pm
Cantu Queer Center

Write a holiday card or two to queer/trans incarcerated people and talk about racism, trans/homophobia and the prison industrial complex. The holidays can be a challenging and lonely time when you're locked up away from loved ones; cards are appreciated. Supplies provided! A project of Theta Pi Sigma.

The Kinsey Sicks 
Thu, 12/11, 7:30pm 
Rio Theater, 1205 Soquel Ave, SC
A gay a cappella drag quartet will 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 NY Times.   Tickets here!

Big Break!
Fri, 12/12, 6:30-9 pm
Oakes Learning Center
Celebrate the last week of classes by joining students at a big crafty, gamey, food bash! Sponsored by all 6 resource centers and Oakes College.

Study Jam
Sat, 12/13: 1-8pm
Sun, 12/14: 10am- 5pm
Cantu Queer Center
QSU hosts its quarterly Study Jam at the Cantú to facilitate a quiet, comfortable and respectful study space. Everyone is welcome. PJs are encouraged. Snacks! Coffee!
 Upcoming Events  

Queer Beer  
Thu, 12/18, (Every 3rd Thursday,  7-9pm
Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright Ave, SC
Look for the rainbow outside or inside if it's raining. For all grad students, faculty, staff, and friends.  Come unwind and have a (no-host) drink & food.

What to do at the Cantu!

Queer Quote





Come to the Cantu Queer Center, take a peek at the Question of the Week located in our all-gender inclusive restroom and mouth off! Some Q & A's are funny, others are informative, some are personal, even profound. Feeling eager to answer The Question? You can do so anonymously if you wish.

While you're scribbling your response to our weekly question, you can peruse the walls of our restroom. It is a veritable museum of queer activism and events over the 17 years that the Cantú Queer Center has been formally in existence! Our readable walls are so fun to explore, it can be a little challenging at times when nature urgently calls.

Oh, and our bathroom is supplied with condoms/dams, menstrual products, and other basic necessities! 
"So, being a ladybug
makes me a girl?"

-Francis from A Bug's Life

Sometimes Disney favorites get it right from the start. Francis fights gender stereotypes when it comes to actions
and appearances. 
A Bug's Life -  Francis is mistaken as a girl 
A Bug's Life:Francis is misgendered

Hi, I have been out to my self and friends for a couple of years now and I have come to join the GLBTQ community. Recently I have been worried about my sexual health. I used to want sex all the time but now I do not. Is something wrong with me? I prefer masturbation over actual sex. When I tell people this I usually get offered things that I do not want. Recently I was also given a drug that made me pass out. I was unaware of it until after I woke up in a different location, never finding out who spiked my drink. I don't feel safe in the GLBTQ community no more. Also, I feel that everywhere I turn around,  there is something mischievous happening. What should I do? Signed, Mr. Feeling Unsafe

Dear Mr. Feeling Unsafe, Sexi Sami thanks you for feeling trusting enough to reach out. It's clear you have had a lot happen recently that would cause anyone to feel unsafe. It makes sense that masturbation may feel like the only way to have sexual pleasure when you have had experiences that have violated your feelings of trust and safety. Not knowing who spiked your drink and what happened to you while you were unconscious would make anyone very hesitant to socialize. It is crucial that you feel safe to eat/drink/hangout with other people without fear of being taken advantage of or having your boundaries disrespected. What happened to you is not your fault and is not okay. READ MORE HERE.





The campaign at UCSC is pleased to announce that there are 4 more all-gender bathrooms on campus: 2 in the entryway to the Police Dept and 2 more in the Music Recital Hall building. We appreciate both building managers for promptly getting new signage installed when they understood the need and process!
Do YOU know of other single-stall bathrooms on campus that still have the gendered signage?

If so, please let Cantu Director Deb Abbott know asap: here 

QTips provided by our own group Blender.    

Phil Longo, Lecturer
Tell us about you.  
I teach queer studies and writing at Oakes College,  in the Writing Program and in Environmental Studies. I grew up in the Northeast. I received my PhD in English from Rutgers University. My primary interest is in the role of sexuality in culture and politics. 
Tell us about your research.
My research examines writing about radical sexual politics in 20th century America. In particular, I investigate tropes of sexuality to examine emergent representations of alternative social and political communities. As you can imagine, this takes me to some pretty strange and fascinating places. I get to teach
some of my research every year in my course, Oakes 150: Queer History and Theory in the United States.

What do you do for fun?
I'm a city kid at heart, but since I've moved to Santa Cruz, I've discovered I like to spend time in the natural world--hiking, camping, biking, and the beach. I enjoy taking road trips and long-distance train trips, exploring local histories, and finding unique communities. But I'm just as likely to be at a movie theater. 

What does the Cantu mean to you?
It's a node where queer interests and queer people come together and interact. I've met some amazing people--students, faculty, staff and community members--who have become collaborators, colleagues, allies and friends.   
                 QConferences                           Your QueerCareer

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

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

Info: queer@ucsc.edu

Rule banning federal contractors from LGBT discrimination released

What has the Cantu done for you?
Finals are next week. The Cantu is stocking our pantry with lots of healthy snacks as well as spicy chai, teas, and coffees. 
We will also have a big pot of veggie soup on our stove for our "Soup's on for You at the Cantu" quarterly offering.

DO stop by this week or next to study, eat, sip, nap, and then celebrate the end of Fall quarter with your friends.

The Cantu is also in the thick of preparing our programs for Winter quarter. You can expect our 14 student orgs and groups to continue meeting (mostly at the same times). We'll definitely have a big Winter Mixer--date TBA!

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.

A Queer and Pleasant Danger
by Kate Bornstein

Bornstein, a performance artist, playwright, and trans advocate, writes about lived experiences as an AMAB (assigned male at birth) trans non-binary woman.  Her memoir dives into how her identity interacts with religion, family, cultural gender norms, and herself.  

 QReview provided by our own Queer Book Club facilitator, Adrian Diaz.
hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cantú Strong! 

Join Our Mailing List


To see your queer event in QConnect or to leave us some feedback, email QConnect editor, Margarito Leon, at qconnect.ucsc@gmail.com.  


The deadline for submissions each week is Friday, 5pm.

Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center, University of California Santa Cruz | qconnect.ucsc@gmail.com | http://www.queer.ucsc.edu
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064