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Volume 51 Issue 1
April 5, 2013

Empowering Our Transgender Community

April 5 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

LGBT Resource Center, Conference Room   


In honor of Transgender Day of Empowerment, the LGBT Resource Center will host a brown bag conversation. Hear stories of the earliest organizing around gender identity issues at UC San Diego, review where we stand today, and engage in conversation about further empowering our community into the future!  For more information, contact Shaun at  See you there!

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Week 9          
Students: 247         
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Total: 269          


 Introducing Dr. Doriane Besson




Hi All!

I just wanted to take some time to introduce myself as some of you may have seen me hanging out at the LBGT Resource Center. My name is Dr. Doriane Besson and I am a postdoc at CAPS. As an ally and woman of color, I'm committed to social justice and providing support to students who may be confronted with challenges related to campus climate.   As part of my postdoc I have been working with Dr. Cat Thompson. In her absence, I'll be hanging out at the LGBT Resource Center on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:45. I'll be here to chit chat, chill out, and provide support.

I look forward to getting to you know you.

"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle."
-- Christian D. Larson

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Transitions for Michelle Strange

 Dear community,


 As many of you may know, I have been preparing for graduate school this year. I was accepted to the University of Maryland, College Park's Student Affairs Concentration program and will be leaving the LGBT Resource Center. My last day at UC San Diego will be June 14. Please reach out to me before the quarter ends, as I would love to stay goodbye. If you can't connect with me individually, please come to my goodbye party on Friday of week 9, May 31 at 3pm at the LGBT Resource Center. You all have made my time here at the LGBT Resource Center so meaningful and I truly hope our relationships withstand the long distance.


In terms of the next steps, there is currently a search committee in process for the Operations Coordinator position. We will be looking to interview late Spring and hiring a new person in the Summer. If you have any questions, please contact Shaun Travers at


While it is difficult to say goodbye, I am looking forward to the next steps. I really appreciate all of the energy you all have given me throughout my time at UC San Diego.


In community,


Michelle Strange

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Work Fit     

April 5 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
LGBT Resource Center, Conference Room 


Ever have the problem of not being able to fit exercise into your schedule? Come and learn about how you can change this!


 Work Fit is an interactive class that will focus on incorporating fitness into your behind-the-desk work day; starting with safety at your work station, bringing awareness to proper alignment and posture and demonstrating exercises that can be performed at your desk. The session will conclude with some practices to help reduce stress and focus on the life-work balance, including a guided meditation.



If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Strange at For the full schedule of sessions click here.

Dirty Talk              

April 11 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

LGBT Resource Center, Conference Room  


Join the LGBT Resource Center and the Sexual Assault Resource Center for a dialogue on LGBT relationships, intimacy, and consent. This skill building workshop will give you tools on how to give and ask for consent.  Come discuss the various dynamics of queer intimacy as we explore our personal desires, boundaries, and communication styles.


Volunteer Training    

April 16 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
LGBT Resource Center, Conference Room 


Volunteer Training is coming up soon! Learn about the ins and outs of volunteering at the LGBT Resource Center with Vinny Uy, the LGBT RC Trent Lawley Volunteer Program Intern. For more information, please email  

2013-2014 LGBT Resource Center Internships  

Deadline: April 8, 2013 


Volunteer Trainings Apply here:


The UCSD LGBT Resource Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2013-2014 internships are now available! For more information regarding position requirements and responsibilities, please see the job descriptions


There are eight positions available:  
Graphics and Web Design Intern  
Rainbow Newsletter Intern  
The Trent Lawley Volunteer Program Intern  
Library Intern  
Sylvia Rivera Intern for Politics and Human Rights  
Audre Lorde Intern for Liberation and Healing  
Bayard Rustin Intern for Activism and Education  
Speakers Bureau Intern  


Click here for more information on the specific responsibilities of each position. 
Questions? Please e-mail Shaun at

Campus Community Centers Intern Hiring!

Deadline: April 8 | 4:00 p.m.

Note: submit separate application materials to each Center(s) of interest


Interested in social justice, making campus-wide impacts, contributing to Center growth, making new friends, and personal/professional development? APPLY NOW! Come to an info session and learn more! View Flyer 

Fluid Sexuality 

April 9 | 7:00  p.m. - 8:00 p.m.    

LGBT Resource Center, Conference Room 


This group is an open and intimate discussion regarding bisexual identities/labels, attraction to multiple genders, and the fluid nature of sexual attraction, sexual orientation and sexual identity that many experience in our community. People of all sexual and gender identities are encouraged to attend, listen, and actively participate in this unique forum. Come together and share your experiences or learn from the experiences of others about what fluid identities mean in people's lives. Our contact is  

Help Plan UCSD's Participation in San Diego Pride!


It's that time of the year! The LGBT Resource Center will be gathering a small committee to help plan UCSD's participation in San Diego Pride. The committee will discuss ideas for what our group should do in the parade, routines/dances, arts and designs, and more. If you are interested in being a part of the committee, please write a short paragraph expressing your interests and skills you might bring to the planning committee. Please email your paragraph by April 19 or any questions you may have to Shaun Travers

Rainbow Graduation


 This year's Rainbow Graduation is June 8th, 4-6pm at the Great Hall in ERC. If you are graduating this year, we encourage you to be a part of the ceremony! Contact Shaun Travers at if you are interested in participating.
LGBT RC Intern Alumni Reflections: The Ins and Outs 

Yesenia Portillo, Intern Class 2006-2007

My internship at the LGBTRC was about six years ago, and writing down my reflections on it is a little bit of a challenge, to say the least. Of course, I remember it with fondness, especially our weekly staff meetings. Although I struggled to get myself out of bed on those days, first quarter, when the early morning meetings conflicted with my "not-a-morning-person" personality, they are something I wish I had to go to now. There haven't been many times since then where I've had a chance to check-in weekly with ten people whom I love and respect, that listen and support one another. Certainly not since graduating from UCSD. We would often refer to our lives as interns and as UCSD students as part of a bubble. I'm grateful for the love and support that bubble within a bubble provided.

Staff & Faculty Highlight 

Games Night

April 18 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

LGBT Resource Center, Conference Room


Welcome all UC San Diego Faculty and Staff! The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center serves our entire community including students, staff, alumni, and our faculty. We are proud to have YOU as a part of our family.   

The LGBT SFA is pleased to host a games night. This event is scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. Our next games night will be Thursday, Apr. 18, 6:30pm-8:30pm. The location is the LGBT Resource Center Conference Room. Grab some dinner before or bring it with you to eat while you play. We look forward to seeing you there.

Graduate Student Highlight

Trans STAR

April 8 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

LGBT Resource Center, Heritage Room


Trans STAR will be having their first meeting of the quarter next week! Trans STAR is a safe supportive environment for transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender non-conforming and questioning students. The last meeting of every month is open to allies. For more information, email or
UCSD Library New LGBT Resource
Transgender 101 : a simple guide to a complex issue, by Nicholas M. Teich 

Written by a member of the transgender community, this comprehensive book looks at what it means to be transgender. Teich explores personal issues of coming out and transitioning, as well as broader questions of sexual orientation verses gender, discrimination, the history of transgenderism, and lesser known types of transgenderism (e.g. genderqueer people and drag queens). The author's examination of transgenderism as a mental health issue, which discusses the classification of Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria as a  mental disorder, has been particularly well-reviewed. This book is available at Geisel Library.  


The Chicana Canvas 

April 18 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   

Cross Cultural Center 

Professor Xuan Santos is an Assistant Professor of Critical Criminology and Justice Studies at California State University-San Marcos. As a former tattoo artist and ethnographer Dr. Santos will discuss his 8 year exploration of the social world of tattoos in East Los Angeles. His research interests are the Informal Economy, Race/Class/Gender, Gangs, Undocumented Immigration, Tattooing and Community Studies. For more information contact Violeta Gozales at

Leaving Home, Moving Beyond: Chicana/os Abroad

April 16 |4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   

Cross Cultural Center, Communidad Room 


Thinking about studying abroad but worried about finances, class schedule, leaving family or other? Then come to this special event catered to the Latina/o, Chicana/o population. Study Abroad staff and Chicana/o students who have studied abroad in Latin America will speak about their experiences. Learn how to connect classes abroad to the CLAH minor or your major.


For more information, contact: Eliseo at or Haydee at

Cross-Cultural Center Presents: Community Workshop Series 

Thursdays | Various Times   

Cross Cultural Center, Art Space 


Do computer applications and social networking tools confuse you? Want to learn some basic skills to improve marketing and outreach for your programs? Come out to one or two (or all!) of our weekly workshops! These workshops touch upon different tools to improve communication, office skills, and marketing. Come learn how to access these expensive programs for free, gain useful tips on marketing, and develop technical skills that can translate to any field!


For more information, contact Maggie Quan at

We Are Tritons Audio Recordings  


Beginning in the fall of 2013, incoming undergraduate students will be taking an online program called "We Are Tritons" that will introduce them to the diverse UC San Diego community.  We are looking for volunteers to do voice recordings that will be used throughout this program!  In order to truly represent UC San Diego's diverse student culture, we need YOU!  If you are interested in participating, please contact Chris Higa, a staff member of UC San Diego's Health, Recreation & Well-Being department. You can reach him at, or 408.646.7222.  We look forward to hearing back from you and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to help introduce incoming students to UC San Diego's welcoming community. 


Queer Artists Project Exhibition   

 March 15 - June 15 | Opening Reception March 15 | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Lambda Archives of San Diego 


Set to open Friday, March 15 with a reception and party from 7 - 9 p.m., the Queer Artists Project's first exhibition will remain available to visitors and members for three months, through June 15. The exhibition will showcase a selection of art from both within Lambda Archives' permanent collection as well as contemporary work from artists in the local LGBTQ community.

The idea for the project came from former Lambda Archives President Bruce Kamerling, whose work will be on display for the inaugural exhibition. Susan Richards began volunteering for the Archives before Kammerling died in 1995, and officially founded the project under her stead over 10 years ago

Sprinkles 2013 Call for Papers   


Sprinkle, a peer-reviewed, undergraduate Sexual Diversity Studies journal, seeks academic submissions for Fall 2013 edition. Papers should be 1500-2000 words in length and show critical engagement with contemporary feminist issues with an emphasis on law and policy implications.
Please send submissions via e-mail as .docx, .doc,  or .rtf files in APA format to with the subject heading: "submission for law & policy special issue." In the email please include the following information: name as you would like it to appear in the journal; email address; institution of study, and a 100 word bio. Your essays should be 'blinded' meaning that they should contain no information that would identify the author. Papers must be submitted by April 15th, 2013.
Sprinkle looks forward to diverse and innovative submissions!



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This publication is a regular compilation of news and information from the UCSD LGBT Resource Center to help keep you informed about news and events relevant to the UCSD LGBT community. For more information about the Rainbow Newsletter or to offer your comments or suggestions, please contact the LGBT Resource Center at (858) 822-3493 or Newsletters are archived at  


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