April 20th ~ April 26th

Cantu Queer Center
Student Orgs, Groups & 




 11:30- 1:30pm ~ Your Queer Career Peer
3-5pm ~ Self-Love with Self-Portraits  


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


3-5pm ~ Safe Touch Time 


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, 5/16, ERC Lounge  

Queer Quote 

"I am not especially defined by my sex life, nor complete without it."-
  Paula Gunn Allen  

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. 


Art for Self- Love

Every Mon, 3-5pm

Cantú Queer Center

Rubi Shandar, the Cantú's Artist and Healer in Residence, will hold a space for students to reflect and self-discover via artistic expression. Everyone welcome.  



Queer Grad Lunch

Tue,4/21, 12:30 - 2pm

Grad Student Commons

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


Safe Touch Time

Every Tue, 3-5pm 

Cantú Queer Center

Rubi will give safe, healthy, therapeutic touch via chair massage & will give self-care for self-defense tips.



Every Tue, 4:30pm  

Women's Center

Join for support in a 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. 


QTPOC qpoc

Every Wed, 1-2:30pm

Cantú Queer Center

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


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

Queers Abroad Advising
Every Thu, 4-5 pm, Cantu Queer Center
Drop by and explore queer-safe study abroad options with Queers Abroad adviser, Ryan.

Screening: Transparent 

Thu, 4/23, 4/30, 8-10pm 

Graduate Student Commons 

Join other grad students to watch Transparent, about an aging patriarch who decides to come out to her ex-wife and adult children as transgender.  Beer and wine will be provided.


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. Enjoy alumna Rubi Shandar's art reception, too. Drop by  or

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).

 Upcoming Events

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Performs Bodymap

Tue, 4/28, 7pm, Namaste Lounge  
In Bodymap, Lambda Award winning writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha sings a queer disabled femme of colour love song filled with hard femme poetics of survival, joy and disability justice. 


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 SC Pride this year. Funds raised will 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--May 6 Deadline! 

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. 


GLBT Alliance

Sat, 5/2, 2-4pm, 740 Front St, SC, Democratic Headquarters  

A special audio presentation and panel discussion to analyze the Supreme Court's hearing on marriage equality. Free.


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, UCSC  

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.   
Trans people you should know about.  
Janet Mock

Watch: 13-Year-Old Beautifully Comes Out As Trans

Ronan Farrow's Trans Week Honors Leelah Alcorn
National Day of Silence 2015
Congressmember Sam Farr spoke on the floor of Congress to support LGBTIQ/Ally on the Day of Silence

What's it like to be Gay or Trans in Iran?

Russian Iteration of Apple's Siri is Homophobic

WATCH: Gay couples react to questions you probably hate being asked

The Couples Fighting To Make Marriage Equality The Law Of The Land
Avery Nguyen 

Who are you?
I'm Avery and my pronouns are they/them/theirs.
Hi there! I am a 4th year  Psychology and Fem studies major, hailing from San Francisco. I identify as a queer, non binary Asian- American and love connecting with other queer and trans Asian people. Also, I am slowly trying to start a QTAPI group.

What are your interests/hobbies?

I am currently obsessed with Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. 

What does the Cantu mean to you? 
To me, the Cantú is where I can cool down my glutes after climbing the Merrill hill. Also, it is a great place for tea, a single stall bathroom, and meeting up with cool queer student leaders who inspire and recharge me :)

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 (Tues, 3-5pm), self-care, healing practices, expressive art sessions (Mon, 3-5pm). 
Queer Conferences


Sat, April 25, 2015

CSU San Bernardino

 Info here.

 Email here. 



Queer People of Color Conference

May 1st-3rd, 2015

at UCSB. 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 it's oh so queer! We are gearing up for welcoming our alumni back to the campus and center this Saturday. We've held our Lavender Reception for 17 years now and it's always so exciting to see who will walk through the door to tell their post-graduation stories. There will be lots of reminiscing and plenty of animated conversations between current and former students. Alumna artist Rubi Shandar will be present to talk about her self-portrait show in our GALA Gallery. We welcome all of you to join us this Saturday, 3-5 pm, at the Cantú. We will offer a delectable spread of appetizers and plenty of bubbly.   

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