February 2nd   ~ February 8th  

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

"Sometimes people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power-not because they don't see it, but because they see it and they don't want it to exist." 

~Janet Mock, author of Redefining Realness

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.
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.  
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, 2/4,  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.  
Love Beyond the Binary: Bi/Pan Safe Space  bisexual flag
Thu, 2/5, 5-6 pm, Cantu  NEW TIME!
Join Jamie and MK for an exciting hour of exploring Beyond Binary issues!

Living Writers Series: Rigoberto Gonzalez   
Thu, 2/5, 6 pm
Humanities Lecture Hall 206
Queer writer Rigoberto Gonzalez will be speaking at the Living Writers Series this week.

More about Gonzalez here.

All Faiths, All People  NEW!
Thu, 2/5, 6:30-8 pm
Cantu Queer Center
For students of all genders, sexualities, faiths, spiritualities and beliefs. 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 
Movie Night: Brother Outsider
Thu, 2/5, 7pm
Ethnic Resource Centers Lounge
Come see this queer film about the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin! More about Rustin here.

Thu, 2/5, 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 


NBAAHAAD (National Black African-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day)

Fri, 2/6, 11-3pm, Ethnic Resource Center Lounge

SHOP and AARCC will raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the Black African-American community. Includes free and anonymous HIV testing and crafts.

LOCA: Lesbians of Color Alliance  NEW! 
Fri,  2/6, 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. 

trans lives vigil

Vigil in Memory of Trans Lives: Gone But Not Forgotten

Fri, 2/6, 6:30-8:30pm, 

Oakes Upper Lawn

Take some time out of your day to educate yourself on issues in today's society and to honor the memory of these beautiful people who have left us too soon. #TRANSLIVESMATTER

Info/access: queer@ucsc.edu

Sat, 2/7, 1-3pm 
Ethnic Resource Center Lounge 
Join queer & questioning African diaspora students! There will be good food, company, and atmosphere! :D Learn about the BLAQQ OUT conference!
 Please RSVP so we have enough food! Info/RSVP: Shonte or Deb

 Upcoming Events     
Unpacking Masculinity in Men of Color 
Tue, 2/10, 5-7pm
Ethnic Resource Centers Lounge
Register here to attend this open discussion for male identified people of color.

Valentines Day Event 
Tue, 2/10, 6:30-9:30pm
Cantu Queer Center
Queer Coffeehouse hosts a Valentines Day event with gourmet coffee drinks by barista Dr. Rebecca Rosser of AIRC, cookie decorating, card making, and open mic of romantic/erotic poetry. Join us!

"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.   
Video Trigger Warning!!!!!!!!
Torture Trigger Warning!!!!!!
Conversion Trigger Warning!

Leelah Alcorn's Transgender Suicide Sparks 'Leelah's Law' Petition To Ban Conversion Therapy

Steph Grant Talks About Life As A Photographer for LGBT Weddings

 Steny Hoyer Pushes Colleagues To Protect LGBT Staffers From Workplace Discrimination

Trans Women of Color Lives Matter


In 2014, California became the first state to ban the use of the gay and trans panic defenses in court. The "panic defense" allowed a defendant to use their victim's sexuality or gender identity as justification for murder. More info here.
Your Queer Career

The Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP) is now accepting student applicants for 2015-16.

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

The Health Career Connection is now accepting applications for paid summer internships. The application can be found here. Deadline Feb 9.

Queer Conferences

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

  Asian Pacific Islander Issues Conference  
 March 14th, 2015
at UC Berkeley
Info  here

Queer People of Color Conference
May 1-3, 2015
at UC Santa Barbara.
More details soon! Info here.



Volunteers Needed fo 
LGB Strengths Study

If you are 18 or older, identify as LGB, and reside in the U.S. 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 20 minutes. Complete the survey, and be eligible to win from $10 to up to $50 in gift cards. If interested, please go here.

The Victory Congressional Fellowship is now accepting applications for graduating seniors. More info hereDeadline Feb 17

Who are you?

My name is Karren. My pronouns are she/her. I'm a sophomore affiliated with Merrill and my major is Literature.


What are your interests/hobbies?

Reading and writing. I also like watching movies, especially old, plot-intensive movies.



What does the Cantu mean to you?
The Cantu helped me discover myself. It's the place where I feel most comfortable studying (besides my room).

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. 


The Two Mujeres
by Sarah Levi Calderon

Valeria is part of a well-to-do Jewish family in Mexico City. She is married and has two sons. Intelligent and sensitive, she realizes that the traditional conventions of her culture have made her unable to be a whole person. Then she falls passionately in love with a woman and, against tremendous family pressure, finds the courage to leave her conventional life to become the writer she has wanted to be. 

Check it out at the Cantu!

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