March 30th ~ April 5th 

Queer Student Orgs, Groups &

*11:30-2pm ~ Your Queer Career Peer

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

7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks
*9-12pm ~ Queers Abroad Peer Advising 

*12-2pm ~ Let's Talk

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

5-6:30pm - Familia X Student Org

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

8-9:30pm ~Head-to-Head Gaymes

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: 
Queer Relationships, Queer Sex  

6:30-8pm QTPOC

8-9:30pm ~ LGBT STEM Meet Up  
3:30-4:30pm ~ L.O.C.A. Lesbians of Color Alliance

5:30-7:30pm ~ Blender Student Group Trans and questioning

7:30-9pm - Ace of Clubs Asexual Safe Space 

1-3pm BLAQQ every 3rd Saturday.

Director Deb is back at the Cantu! During Spring quarter she will be working a reduced schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. DO drop by and say 'hi' soon.

Calling all graduate students with expertise in queer identities/issues and experience in office management. The Cantu Queer Center has a 20 hour/week student employment position open with tuition stipend included! Search the Career Center student employment site for ER #7702 for information and application.

International Transgender Day of Visibility
All Day  March 31 Everywhere! 


Kresge Presents Pride Planning  pride!
Every Wed, 7pm
Kresge Student Lounge
Kresge Multicultural Education Committee (KMEC) is currently planning the 10th Kresge Pride Festival. Everyone is welcome to help plan. Info: here..

Santa Cruz Pride Life Time Achievement nominations 
Due date 4/1/15 
We want to honor the contributing members of our community and our allies and need your help to recognize them. Please take a moment to nominate one or two people to be Grand Marshals or be recognized with a Proclamation at Santa Cruz Pride this year. nominate here.

Women and Trans Bike Repair Workshop
1st and 3rd Sundays, 1-3pm  
Bike Church, 703 Pacific Avenue, SC
The Bike Church will host a bike maintenance workshop for women, trans, and femme-identified folk. A safe, non-intimidating, and supportive setting for individuals who would like to increase their knowledge of bike maintenance. No previous experience is necessary. Info 

Queer Quote

 Upcoming Events     
QPOCC Application qpoc
Conference date 5/1 - 5/3
Apply by 4/9 Fill out application 
FamiliaX will be taking a group of UCSC students FREE OF CHARGE!  If you'd like to be part of this amazing event, fill the application out and email it to FamiliaX  here.  
Summer Guest Assistant 
Application due 4/13
Selected students will receive free summer housing (single room) June 15-September 11 at either the Village or UTC, plus 100 meals at campus dining halls. Duties include coverage of the housing office, on-call duty, cleaning rooms, and assisting summer guests. Apply online (ER #2127 for the Village and #4784 for UTC). 
PFLAG "Creating Families Through Local Adoption and Foster Care"
Tues, 4/14, 7-9pm
Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High St, SC 
Join us as we discuss adoption and foster care as a way to create warm and loving families in the  LGBTW Community.  The first hour is dedicated to discussion groups and the second will feature first hand stories of adoption and foster care. 
Speak Out! A Night of Queer Fun
Wed, 4/15, 7pm
Namaste Lounge, College 9
Get ready for the National Day of Silence on April 17th! Have your voice heard on April 15th at "Speak Out! A Night of Queer Fun!" Perform, read, sing, and share anything you would like amongst your fellow queer community, as we create a safe and transformative space!"  
Drum Feast
Sat, 4/18, 12-5pm 
Family Student Housing
The annual UCSC Sophia Garcia Robles Drum Feast celebrates the songs, dances, and contemporary life ways and arts of Indigenous peoples in North America. In a "pan-Indigenous" atmosphere of fellowship, trust, respect, and empowerment, the UCSC Drum Feast brings students, staff and faculty together with community members to help educate others about Indigenous cultures of this continent.  
National Transgender Health Summit 
Fri, 4/17 - Sat, 4/18, Oakland, CA 
The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health invites you to attend the 2015 National Transgender Health summit. A program that will present cutting edge research and evidence-based educational sessions across many disciplines and is the premier national conference in transgender health. Register here. 
Fri  & Sat 4/17 -4/18, 8pm 
Sun 4/19 3pm 
Santa Clara University Recital Hall, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 
SVGMC is having a concert of Cher hits in a collection licensed for the exclusive use of the Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus. purchase tickets 
The California Forums for Diversity in Graduate Education
Event on 4/18, Sonoma State
Forum is designed to address the needs of advanced undergraduates and Master's candidates who are currently underrepresented at the doctoral-level. Having trouble? 
An Evening with Barney Frank
Mon, 4/20, 7pm 
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, SC
Renowned gay senator releases his memoir Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. See how a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew became one of the most powerful and effective members of Congress. Buy tickets here    
Lesbian Summer Camp
4/23 - 4/26 
Paicines National Park , California
A fun long weekend of women, camping, hiking, playing in the swimming pool, and music by the campfire. This event sells out every year, please reserve your spot. Info here:  Jamyrson: 

Oakes College Principles of Community Event

Thurs, 4/30, 12-1pm
Oakes Learning Center
STUDENTS are invited to submit a proposal to speak at the event. The principle being discussed is Justice. Deadline for proposal submissions is 3/6. Submit your proposal using this form.
Lionel Cantú Memorial Award

Deadline to apply: Wed 5/6   

The  Chicano Latino Research Center is currently accepting applications for the Lionel Cantú Memorial Award for graduate students working in Latino sociology, migration studies, transnational/cross-border studies, gender and sexuality studies, and the study of gay men and masculinity.  UCSC graduate students in good academic standing in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences are eligible to apply.


Queer Youth Leadership Awards 

Sat, 5/9, Fair at 5:30-7pm

San Lorenzo Valley High School, 7105 Highway 9, Felton

Nominations are in the categories of Queer Youth Leadership, Ally to the Queer Youth Award, and Organizational Ally to Queer Youth.  


Queer Hemisphere: A Workshop/Taller

5/13-5/15, UCSC, More info soon. 

Queer Hemisphere is a project to reorient queer studies and queer theory in the Américas along a hemispheric axis. We aim to create a conversation about queerness and other forms of sexual alterity and diversidad sexual that includes scholars, intellectuals and cultural workers from across the Américas.    


National Queer Art Festival

Sat, 6/4 - 6/27

SOMArts Cultural Center Gallery, San Francisco

This year's exhibition will feature all forms of art and art practice that reflect queer visual culture, the ways queers have invented or subverted social structures, and the ever changing ways queer artists and activists represent an evolving community and identity.


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 LGBTQ community in Mexico and participate in Mexico City's Pride parade.

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

Happy International Transgender Visibility Day

Fortino Vazquez-
Hernandez Jr. 

Who are you?
My name is Fortino, pronouns they, them, theirs, and often he. I am a 4th year, majoring in Literature with a concentration in Spanish and Latin American Lit. From Oakland, Ca as a son if two migrant workers from Puebla, Mexico

What are your interests/ hobbies?
When I am not binge watching shows (Shondaland, duh!) I spend my time reading for leisure and writing poetry. Recently, I competed at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational at Richmond, VA with a team of poets and landed the 25th spot out of 68 schools. I also love to go on hikes, run, and ride my bike around. 

What does the Cantú mean to you? 
Since I came my freshman year to this space, it has been a space for me to come and feel comfortable in my gender and sexual expression. This is where I have made some really close friends, and have fallen asleep on the couches in between classes on those long school days. Before the drought, I would love staring out of the Cantú's huge glass window as the rain poured down. This place has been a home away from home and it helps that it looks like a tree house.  

My Rose: An African-American Mother's Story

by Geneva E. Bell

This powerfully intimate narrative follows a mother who struggles with her faith and her love for her son, who has been recently diagnosed with AIDS. This memoir confronts the pains of living with HIV, of the love for family and of unity through faith, and transformation through God's love.

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.

QACON15: Queer and Asian Conference
MAY1-3, 2015
at UC Berkeley
submit a workshop proposal  


Positive LGB Survey 
If you are 18 or older, identify as LGB, and reside in the US or a US territory, please participate in a national and anonymous survey studying the strengths and positive aspects of being LGB. It will take about 20 minutes. Complete the survey, and be eligible to win $10 to $50 in gift cards. Participate here.
Group Psychotherapy survey for LGB Students
This research is intended to determine barriers to group psychotherapy with college students who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) and to understand the relationships between coping styles, sexual stigma, identity disclosure, and expectations of group psychotherapy. take survey

Future GLBTQ parent Survey
Open to everyone over the age of 18 who does not have any children currently and wants to become a parent in the future. If a participant has a partner, we would like them to participate, too. Take the survey here.
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. 

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Santa Cruz, CA 95064