January 19th ~ January 25th

Queer Student Orgs, Groups & Programs

Meet at the Cantu unless otherwise noted.

11:30-1pm ~  Your Queer Career Peer! starts Jan26  New!

3-4:30 pm ~ Let's Talk! Drop-in CAPS support. New!

5:30-7pm ~ Queer Men's Group

7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks
12-2pm ~ Queers Abroad Peer Advising New Time!

12:30-2pm ~ Queer Grad Student Lunch. 2nd Tuesday every month. Meets at Grad Commons.

2-4 pm ~ Test. Talk. Split. HIV Testing & more.
4th Tuesday every month. New time!

5-6:30pm - Familia X Student Org

6:30-9:30pm ~ Queer Coffeehouse with Crafty Queers. New!

8-9:30pm ~ Head-to-Head Gaymes  New!

1-2:30pm ~ QTPOC Group New time!

2:30-3:30 ~ A Way with Words Writing Group New!

3:30-4:30pm ~ Queer Book Club

5-6:30pm ~ Queer Women's Group

7-10pm ~ Queer Student Union
12-2pm ~ D x 3 = Director Deb Drop In  New!

5-6 pm ~ Love Beyond the Binary: Bi/Pan Safe Space New time!  

6:30-8pm ~ All Faiths, All People  New!

8-9:30pm ~ LGBT STEM Meet Up  New!
5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender Trans and questioning.

7:30-9pm - Ace of Clubs Asexual Safe Space.

1-3pm ~ BLAQQ: Queer/Questioning African diaspora student group
2/21 at the Cantu
2/7 & 3/7 at the ERC Lounge
Let's Talk!NEW!
Mondays, 3-4:30 pm
Cantu Queer Center 
CAPS counselor Brent Alsaker (who facilitates Queer Men's Group) will be having a weekly drop-in Lets Talk time
at the Cantu! Lets talk is a FREE, confidential, brief space to talk with a counselor, receive support & referrals
Crafty Queers NEW!
rainbow yarn
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
 Cantu Queer Center
This new group meets during Queer Coffeehouse.  We will be doing knitting--all levels are welcome.  

Head-to-Head Gaymes!  NEW!
Tuesdays, 8-9:30 pm
Cantu Queer Center
Do you love chess, backgammon, Go? Then GO to Queer Coffeehouse and play these two person gaymes!
A Way With Words NEW!
Wed, 1/21,  2:30-3:30pm
Cantu Queer Center  
Come write and discuss compositions with a group of Slug peers (no writing background needed) at the Cantu's newest group! Chris for more info.  

Diverse UCSC Principles of Community  
Th 1/22, noon- 1pm
Merrill Cultural Center 
an opportunity to engage in an interactive dialogue with faculty, staff, and students.

Lauren Berlant "Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin."  
Thu, 1/22  2-3:30pm
Humanities 1, Rm 210
A talk about flat affect, anachronism and the history of the present. The concept of "structure of feeling."

Love Beyond the Binary: Bi/Pan Safe Space  bisexual flag
Thu, 1/22, 5-6 pm, Cantu  NEW TIME!
Join Jamie and MK for an exciting hour of exploring Beyond Binary issues!

Living Writers Series: Veronica Reyes 
Thu, 1/22, 6 pm
Humanities Lecture Hall 206
Verónica Reyes is a Chicana feminist jota poet from East Los Angeles.

All Faiths, All People  NEW!
Thu, 1/22, 6:30-8 pm, Cantu Queer Center 
For students of all genders, sexualities, faiths, spiritualities and beliefs to discuss their experiences. This is a safe space for you to express your faith and share in the pleasures and difficulties of being faithful while queer. Info/access: Liana 

Condom Co-Op Winter Quarter Training 
Thu, 1/22, 6:30 -9pm
Health Center Mural Room  
Condom Co-Op is a student run organization that strives to provide the student body access to affordable safer sex supplies and student health information.  Join our team!
Thu, 1/22, 8-9:30pm
Cantu Queer Center
Are you a STEM major? Want to connect with other queer STEM peeps? Check out this new space to discuss issues, study, and get assignment/ project support. Snacks & hot coffee! Info: Pierre, email

Familia X Fundraiser!
Fri, 1/23, 9am-noon, Quarry Plaza
Come buy some pan dulce and Mexican hot chocolate and venga la charla con tus amig@s de Familia X!

 Upcoming Events    

Your Queer Career Peer! NEW! Starts Jan 26th.
Mondays, 11:30-1:30 pm, Cantu Queer Center
Career Center peer advisor, Sam, will show you how to write a strong resumé, find out about queer jobs and resources. Don't
wait til you graduate! Info: queer@ucsc.edu

Queer in Israel! A Queer Coffeehouse Special Event
Tue, 2/27, 7-8:30 pm, Cantu Queer Center
The Cantu, Hillel, and the Programs Abroad office are sponsoring an exciting evening with a guest speaker from A Wider Bridge which builds connection to Israel among LGBT Jews and non-Jews in the U.S.   Israeli fellow Alice will make special Israel foods. Programs Abroad staff will discuss studying in Israel. We'll show a film about a gay Israeli and a Palestian who fall in love. Info: queer@ucsc.edu

Jandy Nelson and Annameekee Hesik Book Reading  
Wed, 1/28, 7pm  
Book Shop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, SC 
Both will be reading their new books. Annameekee is a local author of the exciting lesbian young adult book The You Know Who Girls. Don't miss this reading and signing!  
Angela Davis at MLK Jr. Memorial Convocation
Wed, 1/28, 7pm, Free Event!  
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church St, SC
Professor emerita and activist Angela Davis is this year's keynote speaker.The topic of her talk will be "Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson to Palestine."

Stand-up by Jenny Yang and D'Lo

Dis/orient/ed Comedy  
Fri, 1/30, 8pm,  Colleges 9&10 MPR 
 Free Show/Limited Seating
D'Lo is a queer transgender Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist/writer, director, comedian and music producer!
Advance tix at C 9/10 Activities Office (for C9&10 affiliated students) and the Ethnic Resource Centers (for non-C9&10 students) starting Tuesday, 1/20.  UCSC ID required.

Sat, 2/7, 1-3pm, Ethnic Resource Center Lounge 
Join queer & questioning African diaspora students!
There will be good food, company, and atmosphere! :D
We will also discuss a possible event in February, that will focus on the theme of Queer POC in the Civil Rights movement. Please RSVP so we have enough food! Info/RSVP: Shonte sfthomas@ucsc.edu or Deb dabbott@ucsc.edu

"Beautiful Love Stories Need To Be Told Twice" 
Tue, 2/10, 7-9pm
eace United Church, 900 High St, SC.
Nancy and Father Larry Forsberg share their love story of how Nancy needed to understand and make changes when Ann (Father Larry) began to transition.   

Slug Love Training - train to be a SHOP Sexual Health Peer Educator
Sun 2/15, 11am-2pm
Student Health Center Mural Room
Slug Love is an interactive workshop facilitated by SHOP's highly trained Peer Educators. The workshop includes games and discussions on sexuality, gender, consent, communication, HIV/STI transmission and safer sex demonstrations! To register: Jamie 

Apply by Tue, 2/17
A training program for transgender people and LGBT people of color who want to take their leadership potential to the next level. Apply here


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Read the study here. 

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According to information from the North American Jewish Data Bank at the University of Connecticut, and information from the Public
Religion Research Institute in Washington, D.C. over 90% of all
American Jews are affiliated with a branch of the Jewish religion that
accepts same-sex marriage.

Across all branches, fully 81% of all American Jews support marriage
equality for LGBT Americans.
What has the Cantu done for you?
We hope everyone has settled in nicely to their Winter quarter classes and lives. The Cantú has been bursting at the seams with activity. The Winter Mixer had ~250 students stop by! Our 8 new groups have reported a great turn out and lots of fun! TPS has had an incredible RUSH WEEK by all reports! New chess and cribbage sets will be arriving in time for next Tuesday's Head-to-Head Gaymes during Queer Coffeehouse. So, DO drop by and check out a new or established group soon. (See top left sidebar for days and times.) Queer Women's Group starts up this Wednesday! We also want to welcome the many new students who have stopped by the center for their first time! Welcome, incoming Winter quarter students! We're looking forward to getting to know you all.

Don't forget to buy yummy pan dulce and hot chocolate at Familia X's fundraiser this Friday!

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
Or drop by 
Deb's new talk space:

D x 3 = 
Director Deb Drop-In
Thursdays, 12-2.

At the Cantu, naturally. 



This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance. 

David Levithan 

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