January 26th ~ February 1st 

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!

3:30-4:30pm ~ LOCA: Lesbians of Color Alliance

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

Queer Quote

''My thirds grade teacher called my mother and said, 'Ms. Cox, your son is going to end up in New Orleans in a dress if we don't get him into therapy.' And wouldn't you know, just last week I spoke at Tulane University, and I wore a LOVELY green and black dress.'' 
-Laverne Cox-   
Your Queer Career Peer! 
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 till you graduate! info: 
Let's Talk!NEW!
Mondays, 3-4:30 pm
Cantu Queer Center 
CAPS queer counselor Brent Alsaker has weekly drop-in Let's Talk time
at the Cantu! A FREE, confidential space to talk, receive support & referrals.
Test. Talk. Split. 
Tue, 1/27, 2-4pm 
Cantu Queer Center
Anonymous free HIV testing the 4th Tuesday of every month! Peer educators will hand out supplies and answer your questions! Come even if you don't want to be tested!
rainbow yarn
Crafty Queers NEW!
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm
Cantu Queer Center
Come knit and bull**it with us at Queer Coffeehouse! All levels welcome.  
Trans Women Support Group
Tue, 1/27, 7:30pm
Diversity Ctr, 1117 Soquel Ave, SC
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday join a support group for trans women.   

Queer in Israel! A Queer Coffeehouse Special Event
Tue, 2/27, 7-8:30 pm 
Cantu Queer Center
The Cantu, Hillel, and 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 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. 

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, 1/28,  2:30-3:30pm
Cantu Queer Center 
Come write and discuss compositions with a group of Slug peers. No writing background needed! Contact Chris for more info.  

Jandy Nelson & Annameekee Hesik Book Reading  
Wed, 1/28, 7pm  
Book Shop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, SC  
Both will be reading from 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. Convo-cation Wed, 1/28, 7pm,  Free! 
SC Civic Auditorium, 307 Church, 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." 


Love Beyond the Binary: Bi/Pan Safe Space  bisexual flag
Thu, 1/29, 5-6 pm, Cantu  NEW TIME!
Join Jamie and MK for an exciting hour of exploring Beyond Binary issues!

Living Writers Series: Maya Chinchilla   
Thu, 1/29, 6 pm
Humanities Lecture Hall 206
Maya Chinchilla, whom Identifies as a queer woman of color, will be reading from her book The Chacha Files.   


All Faiths, All People  NEW!
Thu, 1/29, 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 
Thu, 1/29, 8-9:30pm
Cantu Queer Center
Are you a STEM major? Want to connect with other queer STEM peeps? Come discuss issues, study, and get assignment support. Snacks & coffee! Info: Pierre, email 


LOCA: Lesbians of Color Alliance  
Fri,  1/30, 3:30-4:30pm
Cantu Queer Center
LOCA aims to create a fun,open, welcoming, interactive, free flowing, uncensored space for lesbian identified people of color who are attracted to women. 


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,  Advanced tix at 
C 9/10 Activities Office (for C9&10 students) and Ethnic Resource Ctrs (for non-C9&10 students) starting Tues, 1/20. UCSC ID required.
KKP Poetry Festival
Fri, Sat, & Sun, 8:30pm 
UCSC Porter Dining Hall
Featuring 3 days of professional and student poets celebrating the power of spoken word and solidarity among collective struggles. Featuring World Poetry Slam champion Porsha O.

 Upcoming Events     
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

"PFLAG: Beautiful Love Stories Need To Be Told Twice" 
Tue, 2/10, 7-9pm 
Peace 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 


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

Asterisk conference is coming soon, 2/27-2/28, register here (DEADLINE FEB 6TH!) if interested. Free for students. 
Losing A Soulmate And A Pillar Of St. Louis' Trans Community

State of the Union: These 3 Words Were Used For First Time Ever

Black Lives Matter Releases Inaugural State of the Black Union Address, Hosts Twitter Town Hall

Conservatives at Iowa Freedom Summit Would Rather Not Talk About Gay Marriage
The most GLBTQ friendly city in America in 2014 is Washington D.C.
~results from a recent Advocate poll

Check out other top voted GLBTQ cities. source:
Your Queer Career

The Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP) is now accepting student applicants for 2015-16. Deadline February 12 at 5pm

A student volunteer initiative to connect current UCSC students with newly admitted students.  Application due February 9th

Queer Conferences

Asterisk Trans* Conference
February 27-28, 2015 at UC Riverside.  
BlaqOUT Conference
April 10-11, 2015 
at UC Riverside. 

Volunteers Needed for  
LGB Strengths Study

If you are 18 or older, identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB), and reside in the United States or a US territory, please participate in a national and anonymous on-line survey study on LGB strengths and positive aspects of being LGB. It will take about twenty minutes. Complete the survey, and be eligible to win from $10 to up to $50 in gift cards. If interested, please go here. 

What has the Cantu done for you?
Starting TODAY our Your Queer Career Peer Sam is meeting at the Cantu to help students with resumés and other job related information. DO take advantage of her knowledge about careers and Career Center resources!

Also new this week is LOCA: Lesbians of Color Alliance!
LOCA is the brainchild of Cantu interns Shá and Vanessa and Cintia. DO join them in building a fun network of support for UCSC lesbians of color! (Note: LOCA was a lesbians of color group  Join LOCA every Friday from 3:30-4:30pm at the Cantú!

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
Or drop by 
Deb's new talk space:

D x 3 = 
Director Deb Drop-In
Thursdays, 12-2.
At the Cantu, naturally. 


Tea: A Novel

By Stacey D'Erasmo

D'Erasmo unspools the life of Isable Gold in 3 distinct phases: a child of 8 who loses her troubled mother to suicide; a teen discovering she likes girls as much as pot and Joni Mitchell; and a 22-year-old scrambling to keep her bohemian dreams and her relationship with a cranky Greek girlfriend alive in Lower Manhattan.
QReview provided by our own Queer Book Club facilitator, Adrian Diaz.
hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cantú Strong! 


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


The deadline for submissions  

each week is Friday, 5pm. 

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Santa Cruz, CA 95064