April 6th ~ April 12th

Cantu Queer Center Queer Student Orgs, Groups & Programs




*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

New Day!


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 




1-3pm - QTPOC


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 


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 




BLAQQ! for African American, Black Queer & Questioning Students


1-3 pm, 4/18, Cantu Queer Center


1-3 pm, 5/16, ERC Lounge 


Queer Quote 

"Some folks say that bisexuals are not oppressed because at least we are accepted by mainstream society when we are involved with members of the opposite sex. Agreed, society may like us when we show that piece of who we are. But conditional acceptance is not really acceptance at all." Robyn Ochs
bisexual activist

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The Cove--Open House
Tue, 4/7, 3-6pm
Kresge Building 393
A safe and welcoming space for students in recovery. Snack and refreshments provided.  


Queer Coffeehouse Spring Decorations   

Tue, 4/7, 6:30-9:30pm 

Cantú Queer Center 

Come decorate eggs in a social setting. Get into the Spring spirit with fellow slugs over tea, coffee and snacks. 


QPOCC Application  

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 a part of this amazing event, apply by THIS Thursday. and email it to the FamiliaX email address. Questions email

Summer Guest Assistant 

Application due 4/13

Elected 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)


QTPOC qpoc

Every Wed, 1-2:30pm

Cantú Queer Center

This week we will have our first meeting of Spring quarter. Please join us as we discuss to prepare for the QPOC conference. 


Kresge Presents Pride Planning  pride!

Every Wed, 7pm

Kresge Student Lounge

Kresge Multicultural Education Committee (KMEC) is currently in the process to plan the 10th annual Kresge Pride Festival. Everyone is welcome to get involved. For info:  contact


The Feminist Architecture of Gloria Anzaldúa:

Fri & Sat 4/10 - 4/11 
UCSC Humanities Complex 

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa - poet, philosopher, and critical scholar - founded, wrote, and encouraged a transformative body of writing and scholarship, with generative influences on critical race, feminist, queer, and decolonizing ways of knowing. Importantly for UCSC, Anzaldúa was a vital presence on our campus for over twenty years, and her legacy is a profound part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the campus. more info


Moulin Rouge Drag Ball

Fri, 4/10, 9pm- Midnight 

Oake's Learning Center

Break out your bustiers, corsets, top hats, and tuxes! Moulin Rouge Drag Ball is here! Music by queer favorite DJ AD, photo booth, bounce house, student drag competition with sexy prizes and performances by professional drag queen Cara Coronado. $2 donation enters you in a raffle. All proceeds go towards Queer Fashion Show.  


Diversity Center Trans Men Support Group 

Sun, 4/12, 6-7pm

Diversity Ctr, 1117 Soquel Ave, SC

Join other trans men for a conversation on all topics.

 Upcoming Events 

Queer Grad Lunch

Tue, 4/14, 12:30-2pm, Grad Student Commons

Join queer grad students and friends for a hearty lunch and good conversation.


PFLAG "Creating Families Through Local Adoption and Foster Care"

Tue, 4/14, 7-9pm

Peace United Church of Christ, 900 High Street, SC 

Please 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. 

Eat Fresh with CalFresh! 
Wed, 4/15, 11-3:30pm, Bay Tree Center, Amah Mutsun Rm
Struggling to pay for food? Come learn more about CalFresh, get free help applying or help in renewing your benefits! Join us for pizza. questions

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 Field

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. All are welcome!


Fri  & Sat 4/17 -4/18 at 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


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. We see how a disheveled, inttellectually 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 , CA

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:  Jamyrson:


Lavender Alumni Reception    

Sat, 4/25/15, 3-5pm, Cantú Queer Center

We welcome all alumni to join the students and staff of the Cantú Queer Center at our annual Lavender Reception. This year we celebrate 25 years since queer student leaders were handed keys to the Merrill Rec Room and, with little funding but tremendous chutzpah, began to build a safe space and provide critical support for GLBTIQ students. Enjoy local wines, hearty hors d'oeuvres, and queer conviviality as you step into UCSC's beloved homo-away-from-home. Register here

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 is 3/6. Submit your proposal using  this form.


 Lionel Cantú Memorial Award 

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 Award Ceremony

Sat, 5/9, 5:30-9 pm

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. Info here.


Queer Hemisphere: A Workshop/Taller



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, CA

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

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.  More info 


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

Longtime Couple Found That Clothes Didn't Make The Man
Listen to the story

California To Provide For Inmate's Gender Confirmation Surgery, Judge Rules

by: Rachael Hudson 

Boy Scouts' NY Chapter Challenges Ban On Gay Adults By Hiring Eagle Scout  As Camp Counselor

Rand Paul Said He Doesn't Believe In The Concept Of Gay Rights

Chinese Women's Rights Activist Fall Afoul of Officials

Breaking the Silence: What it means to be gay &Mormon

Let them eat cake-
On being demisexual


Who are you?

Hi, my name is Maddie, she/her/hers.


What are your interests/hobbies?

Cute femmes, films, radical anti-oppression politics. Cultivating my femme-dyke aesthetic. And I'm single! Hint, hint, ladies and non-binary folks.

What does the Cantu mean to you?

While imperfect, the Cantú is a place that I've been able to find both a serious and fun community, as well as been able to get away from navigating the world as a trans lady. As good as some parts of the Cantú are, I do think there should be a resource center specifically for trans folks on campus, both to navigate health care and legal things and to create a community that is centered on trans people.



by Julia Serano

While feminist and LGBTQ movements are designed to challenge sexism, they often simultaneously police gender and sexuality-- sometimes just as fiercely as the straight-male-centric mainstream does. 

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

Queer Conferences


Sat, April 25, 2015

CSU San Bernardino

 info here:




Queer People of Color Conference

May 1st-3rd, 2015

at UC Santa Barbara.

More details soon! email: 



 QACON15: Queer and Asian Conference

May, 1-3, 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 


What has the Cantú done for you?
 Director Deb is back from her stress-related health leave and is working on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during Spring quarter. It's good to be back AND there's plenty of work to be done! We've gotten very good news this past week on 3 accounts: The Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) has awarded Deb's application for a center manager! This full-time position, funded for 2.5 years, will make a profound difference in the Cantu's ability to meet the needs of the UCSC queer community. More details to follow. Our grad student position has been posted to the Career Center's student employment website! While we understand most grad students have their jobs for this academic year, for those who don't or who will be looking for a position for next year, please check out ER#7702 for information and the application. Graduate students with expertise in queer identities/issues, experience in office management and 20 hours/week availability are what we're looking for. Please help spread the word! . . . While we will share more details soon, campus administration has committed to supporting the Cantú in adding an education coordinator position to its staff. This sorely needed staffer will oversee campus wide education on LGB and especially T issues and will also help coordinate resources for trans campus members. We are grateful to the administration for being receptive to student requests around critically needed services.

Your Queer Career

Queer Academia 

The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship seeks to provide financial assistance to LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islanders who are currently in high school or postsecondary school.
hands surrounding earth
Keep the Cantú Strong! 




To see your queer event in QConnect or to leave us some feedback, email QConnect editors, Chris Baron and Margarito Leon, at qconnect.ucsc@gmail.com.   


The deadline for submissions  

each week is Friday, noon. 

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1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064