April 27th ~ May 3rd

Cantu Queer Center
Student Orgs, Grmups & 




 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 
"One thing I think we must know- that our traditional gender roles will not be a part of the future, as long as the future is not a second Stone Age." 

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



Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Performs Bodymap

Tue, 4/28, 7pm,  

Namaste Lounge, C9/10   

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.  


Take Back the Night:  I Speak my Truth

The Women's Center at UCSC presents Take Back the Night (TBTN) 2015: I Speak my Truth, an evening of speaking out against sexual violence in all forms-dating abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and every other type of sexual violence.  Events occurring on campus:


March/Rally with Speak-Out (TBTN)

Wed, 4/29, 5pm, Quarry Plaza 

Remarks by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. The event will end at Oakes Learning center at 6:30pm  TO EXPLAIN THE PURPOSE AND HISTORY Behind Take Back the Night. An open mic event. 


Oakes College Principles of Community Event

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

Come discuss the principle of JUSTICE with your campus community.


Art as Healing (TBTN) 

Thu, 4/30, 5-7pm

Mural Conference Room, Student Health Center 

Come create art as a way to heal.  


Santa Cruz Pride Garden Party

Thu, 4/30, 5:30pm, 121 Forest Ave

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   


Student Recognition Ceremony 

Deadline: Fri, 5/1, 5pm, Nominate

Nominate a student, faculty member, student org, or even yourself who have provided exemplary service, on or off campus, at UCSC. 



5/1 - 5/3, UC Berkeley


This three day weekend, two queer people of color conferences will be happening for all students. If you did not sign up, it is still possible to attend the conferences!  


QPOC Conference

5/1- 5/3, UC Santa Barbara



Glitter Ball 

5/1, 9pm- midnight, 

Merrill Cultural Center

Come to the uphill funk to kick off the month May is so Gay. Dance the night away as the center turns into a huge dance club with the latest dance mixes and LGBT anthems.  



Oakes Senate Conference

Sat, 5/2, 12-5pm  

Oakes Learning Center 

The conference's theme "The Power of You" is to strive to empower the individuality of one's character in the pursuit of social change by becoming more knowledgeable and aware of surrounding issues such as sexuality and gender.   



GLBT Alliance

Sat, 5/2, 2-4pm, 740 Front St, SC 

Democratic Headquarters  

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

 Upcoming Events


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. 


Film Screening with Bamby Salcedo and filmmaker Dante Alencastre:
 Bamby Salcedo's Story Reception after the film! 
Fri, 5/8, 7 pm,  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

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. Info here.  More info  


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

Identity Shift in Santa Cruz

Lesbian Couple's Side-By-Side Pregnancy Photos Are Truly Aww-Worthy

5 Things to Look for in the Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Our Desperate, 250-Year-Long Search for a Gender-Neutral Pronoun

Who are you?
I am Casey! My pronouns are she/her/hers and I'm pansexual! I'm also half white and half Peruvian. I'm a 1st year and double majoring in Art and Language Studies with an emphasis in Japanese. 

What are your interests/hobbies?

I love to draw! I especially love drawing people because they are very diverse. I also love hanging out with friends and wasting my time on Tumblr.

What does the Cantú mean to you? 
It means a lot to me because I was able to find a community where I feel safe and open to myself. The Cantú also provides me a lot of opportunities to learn about my community and help others within it as well.

The Invention of Heterosexuality
by Jonathan Ned Katz
This nonfictional work digs into the history of sexuality as an identity. 'Heterosexuality,' assumed to denote a universal sexual and cultural norm, has been largely exempt from critical scrutiny, and this work challenges the notion that a distinction between sexualities surpasses time by looking into the 
etymology of  'heterosexuality'.
Your Queer Career



How LGBT Professionals Can Stand Out at Work 





Deadline to apply: 6/16/15

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. 







Disbar lawyer who wants to legalize the murder of LGBT people 




Calling for the legalized murder of the LGBT community makes Mr. McLaughlin unfit to practice law. We are demanding the California Bar Association to immediately disbar Matthew G. McLaughlin to prevent him from practicing law in California. 


What has the Cantú done for you? 
Cantu interns have been way busy gearing up for the QPOC conference this weekend in UCSB. If by chance you missed joining the UCSC contingent and you have access to wheels, YOU, TOO, may attend! Details here.

Tam Welch and Cantú interns are also preparing for our big event on Friday, May 8th. We'll be bringing trans activist Bamby Salcedo to campus along with filmmaker Dante Alencastre to show his film of Bamby's life: Transvisible. We're still firming up the location for this screening and Q & A, but stay tuned! A bunch of queer student orgs will be hosting a reception for Bamby and Dante after the show!

Last Saturday we had a terrific time at the Cantú with our 17th annual Lavender Alumni Reception--in combination with an art reception for alumna artist Rubi Shandar. We had ~40 alumni join us. Lots of great stories about queer life on campus before there was a resource center and before any organized queer student orgs. Of the dozens of alumni events over the weekend, our local newspaper, the Sentinel, chose to feature Lavender Reception!  
Check out the article here.
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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Santa Cruz, CA 95064