February 16th   ~ February 22nd 

Queer Student Orgs, Groups & Programs

Meet at the Cantu unless otherwise noted.

Closed for Holiday!
12-2pm ~ Queers Abroad Peer Advising

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

2-4pm ~ Test. Talk. Split. HIV Testing & more. 4th Tuesday 

5-6:30pm - Familia X Student Org

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

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
5-6pm ~ 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 ~ L.O.C.A. Lesbians of Color Alliance New!

5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender Student Group 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 Quote

two people and a heart

War.  Rape.  Murder.  Poverty.  Equal rights for gays.  Guess which one the Southern Baptist Convention is protesting? 

~The Value of Families


The Cantu Queer Center will be closed on Monday, February 16th, in observance of the President's Day Holiday. Groups will not be meeting this day.

The Cantu's Director Deb has had to take a stress related health leave beginning Feb 6th. She will return to the center 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 a solid transitional plan and that the Cantú, its students, and programs are in very good hands. Thanks to all for your understanding, support and respect as Deb focuses on returning to wellness. 

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


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UCSC's Women's Heritage Month

yoga_graphic.jpgWorld Dance & Healthy Eating
Tu, 2/17, Namaste Lounge, College 9/10
Session 1- Nutrition Course:4:20-5pm
Session 2 - World Dance: 5:30-6:30p

Join us for an exciting dance workout with Gina Garcia,
Wold Dance instructor through Fitlife on campus We will also have nutritionist, Nancy Jackson teach us how to build healthy eating habits. All women identified folks welcome.
All Faiths, All People  NEW!
Th, 2/19, 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

Queer Beer 
Th, 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. 

Lapiz Family Scholarship
Apply by Fri, 2/20
This scholarship is for University of California (UC) students who are (children of) farm/migrant workers with a preference given to UC Davis & UC Santa Cruz students. 


Expressions Through Poetry: Teresa Siagtonu 
Honoring the Life and Legacy of Michelle Seros
Workshop: Fri, 2/20 3-4pm
Ahmah Mutsun Conf. Rm (above the Baytree bookstore)   
Performance: Fri, 2/20  7:30-9:00pm
Kresge Seminar 159
Info: Women's Center, 459-2072.
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.

Friendly Reminder! 

 Upcoming Events     


L.O.C.A. Mixer
Fri, 2/27, 7-10pm
Amah Mutson Room - Bay Tree building 3rd floor 
Lesbians of Color Alliance is hosting L.O.C.A. Night City Night, a fun amazing event with free food & music. It will an opportunity to meet new people and have a memorable night. If you are an ally or identify within the "rainbow" community this mixer is for you, too. More information email.

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power (Film)
Tu, 2/24, 7:30pm 
Humanities Lecture Hall
A terrific new documentary open to everyone to watch and a Q & A before the visit of Anita Hill on Thursday. 

Anita Hill (Talk)
Th, 2/26, 6pm
9/10 Multipurpose Room
Anita Hill will be visiting the UCSC campus followed by a Q & A.
For info & accommodations 831.459.5655

Moving Identities 

Fri, 2/27, 2-4pm

A Building, Studio 105 (behind the MainStage in the Theater Arts Complex) A movement workshop for every "body" - exploring gender, identity, difference, and the power of the creative impulse. No experience needed. Limited to 25 students, to sign up email.


SAFE @ SHOP Violence Prevention Training
Sat, 2/28, 10:30am- 4pm 
Health Center Mural Room
This training is designed to give students 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!  All students are welcome , to sign up email.

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

Apply by Tu, 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 

Brazilian Students Create Calendar Starring Transgender Models

Who are you?
I'm Aimy. My pronouns are she/her/hers, and I'm a transfer student majoring in Literature.
What are your interests/hobbies?
My interests are Shakespeare, literature in general, and crafty things like sewing and knitting. I also like drawing.

What does the Cantu mean to you?
The Cantu means friends and a safe place. And comfy couches. Sometimes too comfy.

Letters For My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect
By Andrea James and Deanne Thornton

This collection of letters and essays is an anthology by and for transgender women. Trans women tell their own stories through their voices as they lived them with a simple question in mind: if you could write a letter to your younger pre-transition self, what would you say?

Check it out at the Cantu! 

QReview provided by our own Queer Book Club facilitator, Adrian Diaz. This group meets on Wed. at 3:30pm.

Queer Conferences

BlaqOUT Conference
April 10-11, 2015 
at UC Riverside. 

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



Volunteers Needed for 
LGB Strengths Study

Women Study
Women are being recruited who have had a female friendship that was as emotionally intense as a romantic relationship, or somewhere in between (or outside of) the categories of a typical platonic friendship and romantic relationship.  Participate here.

GLBTQ Survey 
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 the 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 click here.
The Victory Congressional Fellowship is now
accepting applications for graduating seniors. More info here. Deadline Feb 17
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, noon. 

Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center, University of California Santa Cruz | qconnect.ucsc@gmail.com | http://www.queer.ucsc.edu
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064