February 9th   ~ February 15th  

Queer Student Orgs, Groups & Programs

Meet at the Cantu unless otherwise noted.

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

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

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

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

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

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 

3:30-4:30pm ~ Queer Book Club

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

7-10pm ~ Queer Student Union
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 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
3/7 at the ERC Lounge
 Queer Quotes

"In trans women's eyes, I see a wisdom that can only come from having to fight for your right to be recognized as female, a raw strength that only comes from unabashedly asserting your right to be feminine in an inhospitable world." 

~Julia Serano, trans author & activist

"Gay kids aren't a 'plot point' that you can play with. Gay kids are real, actual kids, teenagers, growing up into
 awesome adults, and they don't have the books they need to reflect that." 

-Sarah Diemer, lesbian author

Queer Grad Student Lunch
Tue, 2/10, 12:30-2pm 
Grad Student Commons 
Join us every 2nd Tuesday of the month for a wonderful lunch and for a chance to mix and mingle.

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.
I {HEART} U. xo Cantú 
Tue, 2/10, 6:30-9:30pm
Cantu Queer Center
Queer Coffeehouse hosts a Valentine's event with gourmet coffee drinks by barista Dr. Rebecca Rosser of AIRC, cookie decorating, card making, and open mic of romantic/erotic poetry. 


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.  
PFLAGPFLAG: Beautiful Love Stories Need To Be Told Twice  
Tue, 2/10, 7-9pm 
Peace U 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.   
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!
Wednesdays  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
Thursday's, 5-6 pm, Cantu  NEW TIME!
Join Jamie and MK for an exciting hour of exploring Beyond Binary issues!

Living Writers Series: Luis Alfaro    
Thu, 2/12, 6 pm
Humanities Lecture Hall 206
Queer writer Luis Alfaro will be speaking at the Living Writers Series this week.

More about Alfaro here. 

All Faiths, All People  NEW!
Thu, 2/12, 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 

Thu, 2/12, 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 

Queer Poetry Writing Workshop
Thu, 2/12, 8-10pm, Kresge Student Lounge
A workshop to help budding poets think about Identity and Queerness in writing and performing spoken word. Snacks!


Queer Fashion Show  

Fri, 2/13, 1pm  

Porter Hitchcock Lounge  

An opportunity for the community to have an open discussion on this year's show. We want to hear from you! Bring your brains; come with ideas, questions, concerns, theories, visions, and respect.  



LOCA: Lesbians of Color Alliance  NEW! 
Fri,  2/13, 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. 

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! Register:  Jamie

Sign up by Feb 26
Open to women, racial/ethnic minorities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, working class/lower socioeconomic status people, immigrants.
Share your experiences and help test a new mobile app! We are conducting research on how students see campus climate at UCSC. More info here email here.

 Upcoming Events     


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 

Queer Beer
Thu, 2/19,  7-9pm, 519 Seabright, SC.
Join us every 3rd Thursday to unwind and to spend with other fellow queer grad students & friends. Look for the rainbow outside. 

Sat, 2/21, 1-3 pm, Cantu Queer Center
Come join other queer & questioning students of the African diaspora as we plan for the upcoming BLAQQ OUT! conference and just chill and build community.

L.O.C.A. Mixer
Fri, 2/27, 7-10pm
Amah Mutson Room - On top of the Bay Tree Bookstore 
L.O.C.A. Night City Night will be a fun amazing night with free food & music and will provide you the opportunity to meet new people and have a memorable night with friends. If you are an ally or identify within the "rainbow" community this mixer is for you. 

SAFE @ SHOP Violence Prevention Training
Sat Feb/28, 10:30am- 4pm 
Health Center Mural Room
The SAFE @ SHOP Violence Prevention Training is designed to give participants the tools to get involved with addressing sexual violence and supporting those who have experienced it. It includes information on bystander intervention, active listening, media literacy and more!  

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

A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral

Who are you?
My name is Miryiah. My pronouns are they/them. I am undeclared, and I am affiliated with Kresge College.
What are your interests/hobbies?
I mostly spend my time on Tumblr. I'm interested in One Direction and Harry Potter.

What does the Cantu mean to you?
The Cantu is safety. It is one of the only places where I don't feel afraid to be myself. I've never really had that before, so it's definitely a big deal.
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

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 for 
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
What to do
at the Cantu!

Come visit our GALA Gallery!

We are currently featuring a new exhibit by 

Artist Daniel Taylor 

"My pieces are symbols of my experience of personal struggles for liberty. Everyone endures oppressions; I believe that art can help work towards Liberation." 
- Daniel Taylor 

The Cantu's Director Deb has had to take a stress related health leave beginning Feb 6th. She will return to the center on Monday, March 23rd. Gender and Sexuality Specialist Tam Welch will be filling in for Deb and Interim Director will be AARCC director, Shonté Thomas.  The Cantú's many capable interns will be keeping the center open during its usual operating hours. Rest assured that we have put in place solid transitional plans and that the Cantú, its students, and programs are in very good hands. Thanks to all for your understanding and support as Deb focuses on returning to wellness.

Tam: tamw@ucsc.edu
Shonté: sfthomas@ucsc

Redefining Realness
by Janet Mock

Janet Mock's autobiography chronicles her experiences as a trans woman of color. She discusses growing up in Hawaii, resorting to sex work for survival, and her journey to becoming an outspoken activist for other trans women. This is a powerful book on the intersectionality of racism, sexism, and transmisogyny.

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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1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064