February 23th ~ March 1st 

Queer Student Orgs, Groups & Programs

Meet at the Cantu unless otherwise noted.

11:30am-1:30pm ~ Your Queer Career Peer

3-4:30pm ~ Let's Talk

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

2-4pm ~ 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 Activist 

  Queer Quote 

"I hate the word homophobia. It's not a phobia. You are not scared; you are an a$#@&*#"


-Morgan Freeman


Special Notice
There was a recent physical altercation involving UCSC students and non-UCSC students at Kresge College. It is the understanding from several witnesses this physical fight began due to the queer identity of one of the victims. The UCSC Police Department is investigating the event as a hate crime. As well, UCSC is taking this matter very seriously and working to support those (directly and indirectly) involved. 

For more information, feel free to refer to this article published by UCSC City on a Hill Press. 

For those in need of additional support and/or someone to talk to, please contact Shonté Thomas, Interim Director Cantu Queer Center (sfthomas@ucsc.edu), Tam Welch, Gender and Sexuality Program Specialist (tamw@ucsc.edu), and/or stop by the Cantú Queer Center.

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QTPOC Student Group 
Tu. 2/24, 1-2:30pm
Cantu Queer Center
We are a community of friendly, inclusive queer and trans people of color focused on networking, outreach and providing support and building coalitions while having fun. Join our weekly discussions on all QTPOC issues. more info

Sister Solidarity: XXY Film and discussion
Tu, 2/24, 6-8pm 
Ethnic Resource Center Lounge 
This film explores the challenges that intersex people face. Post film discussion is lead by Marcia Ochoa from the Feminst Studies Department.

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.

Meet our chefs!
Wed, 2/25, 3:30-5pm 
Terra Fresca above 9&10 dinning hall
A free food event where new "healthy Monday" menu items will be available to sample. 

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 please call (831) 459-5655.

All Faiths, All People  
Th, 2/26, 6:30-8 pm
Cantu Queer 
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 Student and Staff Panel 
Th, 2/26, 8-10pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Stevenson College invites the UCSC community to a night of education and support. Five variously identified students and staff will answer questions and share their stories in regards to their sexual orientation and gender identities. FREE PIZZA. For disability related concerns please contact Rachel Henry.

Moving Identities

Fri, 2/27, 2-4pm

A Building, Studio 105 (behind the Main Stage 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 please email. More info


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. For more information please 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 please email.
Friendly Reminder! 

 Upcoming Events     


Call for Queer Cultural Center National Queer Arts Festival entries.

Deadline: Sun, 3/1

Event date: Sat, 6/4 - 6/27

SOMArts Cultural Center Gallery, San Francisco

All media and forms of social and art practice will be considered for the physical and virtual exhibition space, mail entries 


Post-Graduation 2015 Job Opportunities Working for LGBT Rights
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First week of March 

The Fund for the Public Interest partners with leading nonprofit groups from around the country, providing the kind of people power it takes to build organizations for the long-term, win hard-fought campaigns, and make real change on some of the most important issues of our day. And we're hiring! Apply here.


Winter is Cool, but Summer is Chill
Summer Info Session for Crown/Merrill
Tues, Mar 10th, 4-5pm
Cantu Queer Center
Chill out with FREE ice cream and learn more about what is in store for this year's summer session at UCSC! Info/Questions: 
Facebook/Tumblr: ucscsummer
Twitter/Instagram: @ucscsummer

Moss Adams Diversity Scholarship
Deadline: Sun, 3/15 
$2500 Diversity Scholarship for Business Management Economics students (or accounting related majors) who are from underrepresented populations including LGBT apply

Summer LGBTQ Program 
Sat, 6/13 - 7/3 

For all LGBTQ people interested in the real situation of LGBTQ life in Mexico. Learn about the current situation of the gay and lesbian community in Mexico and participate in Mexico City LGBTQ pride parade. more info



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

Tip: Word Definition 

Gender identity is an internal sense of self and what one fundamentally is. It's the sense of being a man or a woman (or both, or neither, or in-between, or something else). It is divorced from concepts of what a man or woman is or isn't supposed to be like, and appears to be very much innate and unchanging.


 Gender expression is the degree to which one's personality, interests and manner of self-expression is culturally regarded as "masculine" or "feminine" (or "androgynous").

Who are you?
My name is Liana.

My pronouns are
she/her. I'm a proposed psychology major.

What are your interests/hobbies?
I like writing really gay fanfiction and talking excitedly about psychology facts for as long as people will let me.

What does the Cantu mean to you?
It's one of the only places I feel comfortable being trans. Plus, I can be surrounded entirely by queer people, which I think is the only way to live.

Letters For My Brothers (3rd Edition)

by Megan M. Rohrer and Zander Keig 

This anthology is a collection of letters written by and for transgender men.  Trans men act as mentors in their letters to young pre-transition AFAB trans kids, gracing wisdom and words of advice that could only come from retrospect.

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. 
register here

Sat, April 25, 2015 at
CSU San Bernardino
 Info here & 

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

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Gender Spectrum 
at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, CA

Professionals' Symposium: July 10, 2015

Conference: July 11-12, 2015 

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.

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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