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Volume 48 Issue 9
August 24, 2012

Fall Q Camp 2012 

September 26 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LGBT Resource Center

Q Camp 2012: an orientation to the UC San Diego Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community for incoming students! Q Camp will help acquaint students with LGBTQI-specific organizations, help students make connections with continuing and other incoming students, allow students to get connected with resources on and off campus (including the LGBT Resource Center), and give students an opportunity to ask questions about UCSD LGBTQI life. 
Please register for the Fall 2012 Q Camp using this form. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
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Summer Session: 
Week 9
Students: 28
Staff: 9
Total: 37


Conor McLaughlin
 This summer Conor McLaughlin will be serving full time with UC San Diego's LGBT Resource Center in a Program Assistant position. As many know, Conor was a volunteer Program Coordinator for LGBT Interest Housing with the Resource Center all last year, and has deep and extensive knowledge of our values, work and style.

Conor will assist with summer educational outreach and programs, center coverage, designing and implementing fall intern training for the LGBT Resource Center, and coordinating all aspects of Q Camp and Q Fair. 

Conor will be with us through Welcome Week and/or until a new Assistant Director is in place. Conor can be reached at his e-mail, 
or through our main phone line, 
(858) 822-3493. Welcome Conor!


"This tribe called "Women of Color" is not an ethnicity. It is one of the inventions of solidarity, an alliance, a political necessity that is not the given name of every female with dark skin and a colonized tongue, but rather a choice about how to resist and with whom."


-- Aurora Levins Morales


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Staff & Faculty Highlight

Ways for Staff and Faculty to get involved with Q-Camp 


The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center would like to invite any and all UCSD staff to Q-Camp, an orientation to the UC San Diego LGBT community for incoming and current students, which will be on September 26, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the LGBT Resource Center.


The Q Camp experience is one that helps connect new and returning students to UCSD, to the LGBT community, and to the LGBT Resource Center, and the presence of university staff is an indispensable part of building those relationships. There are many ways that you can be involved:


1. You can come to the community building section of Q Camp and get to know the other folks attending by RSVP'ing here 

2. You can also table for your department or with an organization at our Q Fair by RSVP'ing here 

3. You can also bring a dish to the Q Camp Potluck.


And of course, you can come for all of Q Camp and utilize all of these opportunities to engage and connect with other members of the UCSD community. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the LGBT Resource Center at [email protected]

Graduate Student Highlight

Grad Student Track at Q-Camp




The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center would like to invite any and all graduate students to Q-Camp, an orientation to the UC San Diego LGBT community for incoming and current students. This year's Q Camp will be September 26, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the LGBT Resource Center.


We offer a Graduate Student specific track within the Q Camp experience, so that other LGBT-identified graduate students and allies are able to meet one another, build community, and create connections across the university. This also offers grads opportunities to connect with faculty and staff in smaller groups, as well as become more familiar with the resources available on campus and in the LGBT Resource Center. 


I encourage you to RSVP for Q Camp by submitting the RSVP form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the LGBT Resource Center at [email protected]

Health Survey Seeking Volunteers!


The San Diego LGBT Community Center is conducting a survey to learn more about the personal barriers that members of the LGBT community experience when trying to access healthcare services. The survey can be accessed at:


The information that is obtained from this survey will be used to develop a health self-advocacy program at The Center. If you have any questions during or after the study, Alison McManus will be available to answer them. Alison can be contacted by phone at (619) 322-717, or by email at [email protected]. The survey is estimated to take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Please share your thoughts and contribute to this important study for our community.

Convention in Peru 2013: Familias por la Diversidad Sexual


My name is Patti Boman, PFLAG San Diego's Co-President, and I am excited to let you all know about this wonderful convention in June of 2013 in Lima, Peru. It's from a group called International Association of Sexually Diverse Families, and PFLAG (Families of Color) NYC is one of the organizers. This is an event in Spanish with panels and workshops for three days and it culminates with all the representatives there from all the countries marching in Lima's Gay Pride parade. 


If you are interested in attending but need help, we have a limited number of scholarships that you can apply for through Nila Marrone at [email protected], or you can visit their website here for more information. 

Study on Youth & Sexual Identity Labels


Hello! My name is Ashley Molin, and my dissertation research seeks to increase our understanding of how youth choose and use sexual identity labels and to what extent their choice of labels is influenced by other factors. Findings from this study will help mental health clinicians and individuals who interact with youth work with them in a more informed manner and may assist in creating more inclusive services for sexual minority youth.


We are looking for young adults, ages 18-22, who have questioned their sexual identity at some point in their lives. We are seeking a diverse group of respondents of varying race/ethnicity, religious/spiritual orientation, and geographic location. If you choose to participate, no identifying information or names will be collected. 


For the purpose of this study, the researcher asks that you or any respondent complete the survey only once. The total time commitment is approximately 10-15 minutes. If you would like to participate, pleas click the following link:


If you have any further questions about the study, you may contact the researcher, Ashley Molin, at [email protected] or you may contact the researcher's advisor, Dr. Braden Berkey, at [email protected], or 312.467.2351.

Asian American Lesbian and Bisexual Women Stress and Resilience Survey


Dear Participant:


I am conducting a study to explore challenges, coping strategies, and positive aspects of being an Asian American woman who experiences attraction to members of the same sex. Historically, researchers have neglected the lives of Asian American lesbian or bisexual persons, and very little research has been published thus far regarding the lives of lesbian and bisexual women of color; therefore this study aims to shed light on Asian American lesbian and bisexual women's experiences. 


To be eligible for this study, you must be an Asian/Asian American woman who is at least 18 years old, has experienced same-sex attraction, and currently resides in the United States. This survey is anonymous, and takes about 45-60 minutes or more to complete since it may vary depending on what kind of experiences you have. As an incentive to participate, all participants will be given the chance to enter a raffle awarding $100 Amazon gift certificates to three randomly selected participants.


If you wish to participate in the study, please click on the following hypertext link (or cut and paste it into your browser):  


This will direct you to the Informed Consent. Please read the Informed Consent carefully. At the conclusion of the Informed Consent is a link to the survey. Proceeding to the survey means you are agreeing to let the researcher analyze and use the information provided.

Sexual Minority Women Study


Hello! My name is Melanie Fann, and I am a third year graduate student in the College of Education at Lehigh University. I am conducting a study on the life experiences and well-being of sexual minority women. It is my hope that with this study, I can contribute to the understanding of the experiences of women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, queer, or other sexual minority orientations.


In order to participate, you must identify as a woman, a sexual minority person (e.g. lesbian, bisexual, queer, or other sexual minority orientation), currently live in North America, and be 18 years of age or older. If you would like to participate in this study, please click on the link below (or cut and paste it into your browser) and you will be directed to the online survey:


Thank you VERY much in advance for your time! If you have any questions about this study, please contact me at [email protected] or my research supervisor, Dr. Cirleen DeBlaere, at [email protected]

Same-sex Relationship Development Study


The University of Cincinnati is conducting a survey to learn about how same-sex relationships develop and how same-sex partners symbolize their commitment to one another. We also will examine how different relationship formation processes are related to relationship stability and emotional well-being. The important information we gather from this survey will be used to inform policy and relationship education programs designed to help same-sex attracted individuals initiate and maintain healthy relationships. 


If you are at least 18 years of age, are in a same-sex relationship that has lasted for at least 6 months, and are currently living with your romantic partner, then we would like to invite you to participate in our research study!


For more information or to participate, click here. Or type the following url into the address bar in your browser:


For more information about The Today's Couples and Families Research Program, please visit our website:

Spring 2013 LGBTQ Congressional Internship Application Open


The Victory Congressional Internship is accepting applications for Spring 2013.

The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.
The program includes a general stipend, housing in D.C., placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, D.C., as well as travel and registration to the International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference in 2013.
Applications for Spring 2013 are due Monday, October 1 - find out more and apply now at
The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science.

MTV is casting for another "It Gets Better" special


We are looking for people who appear to be 15-25 and want to share their stories and experiences about growing up LGBTQ. 
The more information you share, the better we get to know you! You should be open to sharing your stories and struggles on camera. If you are interested, please email us your story and the following information at [email protected].
Please include:
- Name
- Location 
- Phone Number
- Age
- Photo
Your story: 
- When did you become aware of your sexual orientation/gender identity?
- How "out" are you to your parents, family, friends, classmates, co-workers, etc.?
- What, do you think, are the unique challenges that you face as an LGBT person?
- What needs to get better for you? What has gotten better for you?
- What are the biggest challenges you currently face & how are you approaching these challenges?
- When you're not in school or at work, what do you do for fun? What are your future goals?
Thanks for your interest, and we look forward to hearing your story.
If you did not see MTV's first "It Gets Better" special and would like to check it out, here it is:
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