December 15th~ December 21st

Queer Student Orgs/Groups @ the Cantú! 

Groups will NOT  meet during finals week! Most will resume the first week of Winter quarter.
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! 

The Cantú will be closed beginning Monday,
Dec 22nd
and will re-open on Monday, Jan 5th.
QConnect will resume publication on Jan 5th.

Queer Beer!
Thu, 12/18, 7pm-until ...?
Seabright Brewery
519 Seabright Ave
, SC
Join queer UCSC graduate students, faculty, staff, and friends every 3rd Thursday for no-host good drinks, conversation, and food. Look for the rainbow on the table outside or inside if it's rainy. Info.

Queer Hannukah!

Sun, 12/21, 6-8pm  

Diversity Center

1117 Soquel Ave, SC  

Come celebrate the festival of lights with us during the darkest night of the year! Join the Queer Young Adults Group as we spin dreidels, eat chocolate gelt, and watch the candles burn on the sixth night of Hannukah. This group is for LGBTQ+ folks in their twenties. People of all faiths (and non-religious/spiritual folks) are welcome! Please bring a pot luck dish to share.



FMST 41: trans|gender|bodies

Winter 2015 * T Th 12-1:45pm * Stevenson 150

Prof. Marcia Ochoa,  

Feminist Studies

This course will introduce you to transgender studies, an emerging area in LGBTQ and Feminist Studies that analyzes the forms of power affecting the lives of trans people. We will look at how trans, gender variant, two-spirit and intersex people are represented through biology, medicine, psychology, feminism, and anthropology and how they represent themselves.  

 Upcoming Events  
Triangle Speakers Training!
Sat, 1/17, 7am- 4pm, location TBA
Want to be a Triangle Speaker? Come to the training to be able to share your stories with people all over SC County about coming out, your transition, your struggles and triumphs as a queer/trans person. Open to everyone including allies. If you need a ride please contact me here. Info & registration  here.

Let's Talk! Program Comes to the Cantu in Winter Quarter
Mondays (starting Jan 12th), 3-4:30 pm, Cantu Queer Center
CAPS counselor Brent Alsaker (who facilitates Queer Men's Group) will be having a weekly drop-in Let's Talk time at the Cantu! Let's Talk is a FREE, confidential, brief space to talk with a counselor, receive support, referrals, and advice.
Q Activist


Queer Quotes




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?

Contact Cantu Director Deb Abbott here.


"The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals.  That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals.  It's just that they need more supervision."

"Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men
holding guns than holding hands?" 

Ernest Gaines

Tips. News.  
Clips. Reviews.
All things trans 
at UCSC. 

Tip:  Just because someone is transgender does not mean they identify as queer. 

QTips provided by our own group Blender.    

        Kello Pascal

Who are you?
Hello, I'm Kello! My pronouns are e/em/eir or they/them/their. I'm a gray-asexual nonbinary trans first year Cowell student who wants to double major in Art
and Community Studies.

What are your interests? 
In my free time I like to draw and I plan to start a web comic soon about magical queer kids IN SPACE. It's going to explore a lot of themes involving forging identity, mental illness, gender, and the different ways love expresses itself. I also like to do witchcraft occasionally, create amateur music, and write poetry.
What does the Cantu mean to you?
 Moving from a place without a lot of good support systems for being queer, the Cantú means a lot to me as a space where I feel that my words carry a weight, and where I am taken seriously with what I say and how I feel. Blender and Ace of Clubs are two of the best support groups I've been in, and Queer Coffee House is a welcoming environment for me to just chill after a long day of classes. I feel as if I conceptualize the passage of time with two states of being now: At the Cantú, and not being at the Cantú. And when I'm not at the Cantú, I wish I was. 

                 QConferences                           Your QueerCareer

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

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

Info: queer@ucsc.edu

44 Pro-LGBT Companies You Could Support This Holiday Season

Paid LGBTQ Summer Congressional Internship
Accepting applications for the summer of 2015  Deadline to apply Monday  January 19 . Apply here.

What has the Cantu done for you?

While the quarter is winding down for students, the Cantu is gearing up for Winter quarter! Two of several exciting programs on the horizon: Notable trans activist and founder of the Trans-Latin@ Coalition Bamby Salcedo will be visiting campus in late February (dates TBA). We will screen a documentary on Bamby's life Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo's Story  with filmmaker Dante Alencastre doing Q & A.

We will be partnering with Hillel on a program in late January to host a speaker from A Wider Bridge, a group building LGBT connections with Israel. We'll have staff from Programs Abroad speak about how to study in Israel. And we'll show a film--TBD--and feature Israeli snacks! 

We are all ears, seeking your piercinglyhonest, 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 

Whipping Girl
by Julia Serano

This non-fiction work, described as a manifesto, tells Serano's story. Serrano is a trans and bi activist who outlines ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape societal attitudes toward trans women, and to gender & sexuality as a whole.

Check it out at the
Cantu Library!

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

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