April 6th ~ April 12th

Cantu Queer Center Queer Student Orgs, Groups & Programs




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


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


7-10pm ~ Queer Geeks




 1-3pm ~ Let's Talk--Drop in Support 


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 




4-5pm ~ Queers Abroad Advising


5-6pm ~ Love Beyond: Queer Relationships, Queer Sex 




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 


"What I love about being queer is... everything. I like that it makes me different and I like that it makes people uncomfortable sometimes. I like that it makes people ask me lots of questions about things they probably would not normally ask people about their relationships or lifestyles. And most of all I love being queer because I get to have a girlfriend."
~Tegan Quin 
Queer Fact 

In April 2015,    Malta became the first country in the world to outlaw sterilization and invasive surgery on intersex people.

For S.A.A.M events check out the Facebook page


Your Queer Career Peer

Every Mon, 11:30-1:30pm

Cantú Queer Center

Come speak to Anna Campos who is  excited to support you in your career pursuits. Learn how to write resumés and get info about job opportunities. Questions here. 



Every Tue, 4:30pm  

Women's Center

A support and social space for transgender women, CAMAB non-binary people, and anyone who is male-assigned but does not identify as one. Questioning folks are welcome. Questions here. 


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 St, SC

Please join us as we discuss adoption and foster care as a way to create warm and loving families in the LGBTQ community.  


Transwomen Support Group 

2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, 7:30pm 

Diversity Center, 1117 Soquel Ave, SC

A support group for transwomen. Join us for conversation, support, and information. 


Eat Fresh with CalFresh!

Wed, 4/15, 11-3:30pm  

Bay Tree Ctr, Amah Mutsun Rm

Struggling to pay for food? Come learn more about CalFresh; get free help applying or renewing your benefits! Join us for pizza. Questions here. 


QTPOC qpoc

Every Wed, 1-2:30pm

Cantú Queer Center

Join us to socialize, discuss the May QPOC conference, and more! 

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!" 

Lights in the Darkness 
Wed, 4/15, 7-9pm
Porter Squiggle 
A night to remember those lost to suicide and are affected by mental health issues.  If interested, people can write a message of hope, or create artwork for display by candlelight. Info at CAPS.

Kresge Pride Planning pride!
Every Wed, 7pm
Kresge Student Lounge
Kresge Multicultural Education Committee (KMEC) is planning the 10th Kresge Pride Festival. All welcome. Info here.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Walk & Vigil
Thu, 4/16, 6pm - March begins 
6 pm, Quarry Plaza ending at Stevenson Knoll at 7:30pm
A night to acknowledge and mourn the 11 million Jews, children, queer/trans people, and others who have lost their lives.  Visit our FaceBook Page for details.
Fri & Sat 4/17 - 4/18, 8pm
Sun, 4/19, 3pm
Santa Clara University Recital Hall
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara CA
A concert of Cher hits by the Silicon Valley Gay Men's Chorus. Tix here.

Drum Feast
Sat, 4/18, 12-5pm
Family Student Housing Field 
The annual UCSC Sophia Garcia Robles Drum Feast celebrates the song, 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, faculty, and community members to educate about Indigenous cultures of this continent. All are welcome! 

Sat, 4/18, 1-3pm 
Cantú Queer Center 
Come discuss the BlaqOUT conference at UCR that UCSC delegates and members of BLAQQ attended. Join us for our biweekly meeting.
Pizza! All Black Queer or Questioning fellow slugs welcome!  

 Upcoming Events

Screening: Transparent 

4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 8-10pm 

Graduate Student Commons 

Come join other graduate students to watch Transparent, an Amazon Original Series about an aging patriarch who decides to come out to his ex-wife and three adult children as transgender. This "dramedy" focuses on many family secrets and the ways in which the family learns to support each other. Beer and wine will be provided.


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/, 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 


All Day Game Day!   

Sat, 4/25, 6pm- Sun, 4/26, 6pm

Cantú Queer Center

Queer Geeks is hosting its quarterly all-day game day. Bring what you need to make yourself comfortable for the night. There will be both games and pizza (regular and vegan).   


Oakes College Principles of Community Event

Thu, 4/30, 12-1pm, Oakes Learning Center

Come discuss the principle of JUSTICE with your campus community. 


Santa Cruz Pride Garden Party

Thu, 4/30, 5:30pm 

121 Forest Ave, SC 

Join us to enjoy refreshments, wine, good company & fun conversation. A chance for you to learn about some exciting changes taking place with Santa Cruz Pride this year. The funds raised at this party will go to help Pride reach its budget & keep this event free for the public. Attendance at the party is just $25. Pay online, bring cash or check. RSVP   


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. 


Film Screening with Bamby Salcedo and filmmaker Dante Alencastre!
 Bamby Salcedo's Story
Fri, 5/8, Time & location TBA 

Bamby Salcedo is a proud Trans-Latina woman who is renowned, nationwide, for her advocacy work for trans related issues. She is the founder and president of the Trans-Latin@ Coalition in addition to creating the first trans youth calendar called Angels of Change. Watch this amazing documentary and meet Salcedo and Alencastre at the Q & A.  


Queer Youth Leadership Award Ceremony

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

San Lorenzo Valley High School, 7105 Highway 9, Felton

An evening of awards and entertainment by local queer youth and their allies. Do not miss it! Volunteers are needed Info here. 


Queer Hemisphere: A Workshop/Taller

5/13 - 5/15 


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 advanced graduate students, faculty, scholars, intellectuals and cultural workers from across the Américas. Info here. 

Queer Fashion Show
Fri & Sat 5/15 - 5/16, 8pm
Porter Dining Hall
Join us for a night of performance, art, and expression as we explore the history and ideas of 'queer' and 'freak'. Through the circus, QFS will spotlight systems of oppression and share untold stories. Together, we will show the world that we will not be tamed! 

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.


Rainbow Grad

Thu, 6/11, 2-4pm 

Cowell Provost House  

Mark your calendars to celebrate UCSC's queer graduates! More details and registration links coming soon. 


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.   

NCTE Announces $1M Transgender Laboratory

Rain Dove, Androgynous Model, Is Breaking
Barriers In Fashion

Obama Calls for End to Conversion Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth

The Mother Of A 10-Year-Old Transgender Daughter Sounds Off On The Significance Of Her Child's Journey

Wedding expos will be Indiana's first for
same-sex couples

This Is What It's Like To Be LGBT In Hong Kong

Gay rights around the world: the best and worst countries for equality

Meet the Gay Couple Featured in Hillary Clinton's Presidential Announcement Video
Who are you?
My name is Minerva Magdalence; my pronoun is she; my college is Crown; I'm an Aquarius with my moon in Capricorn; I am a lesbian. 

What are your interests/hobbies?

 My hobbies include singing, writing poetry, writing dirty stories, playing interactive fiction games, making interactive fiction and witchcraft. 

What does the Cantu mean to you?
The Cantú taught me about the importance of resilience and self-sufficiency.  The Cantú is a challenge for us all to go forth and make what we want to see, instead of waiting for someone else in our community to give us the things that we desperately need.

GALA Gallery 
Cantu's Artist and Healer in Residence: 
Self-Love for Self-Defense  
Renuka Rubi 
"Rubi's art explores the intricacies of self-identity. Her series of self-portraits expands beyond the black and white and enters a realm of inter- sectionalities and color."

Rubi, a proud UCSC alumna, will be in residence at the Cantú throughout Spring quarter. She will be offering safe-touch chair massage, self-care & healing practices, as well as expressive art sessions including self-portraits. Her schedule will be posted soon! Drop by and meet her.  

Queer Conferences


Sat, April 25, 2015

CSU San Bernardino

 Info here.

 Email 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




Queer and Comics Conference 

May 7th- 8th, 2015




Library Survey 

Tell us directly how you use the library's resources, services and spaces. Share your perceptions of how the library contributes to your success as a student. 

 You have a chance to win a $5 or a $25 gift card.  Survey




Transgender Reproductive Health 

We are studying trans* masculine individuals' experiences with reproductive health and family planning. Take the survey.



Group Psychotherapy

This research is intended to determine barriers to group psychotherapy with college students who identify as LGB and to understand the relationships between coping styles, sexual stigma, identity disclosure, and expectations of group psychotherapy.

 Survey here. 


What has the Cantú done for you?

Spring is here . . . and oh so queer! We are especially pleased to announce that UCSC alumna (class of 2007), Rubi Shander, is the Cantu's artist and healer in residence this quarter. In the wake of the assault at Kresge, queer and trans students have expressed a strong desire for safety, healing, empowerment, and self-defense. Rubi offers art and safe-touch as means for healing, self-expression, and self-love. Rubi will be at the Cantú two days every week. We'll have her schedule set by next week. In the meantime, drop by and see her exhibit of self-portraits in our GALA Gallery.

Join Rubi for her artist's reception on Saturday, April 25th, 3-5pm, at our annual alumni mixer, the Lavender Reception.

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 León, 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