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Volume 51 Issue 9
May 31, 2013

 Welcome to Chris Datiles: Operations Coordinator 


 It is our pleasure to welcome Chris Datiles as the new Operations Coordinator for UC San Diego's LGBT Resource Center. Chris is a critical member of the professional staff leadership team, and brings experience from his time interning in positions here at the LGBT Resource Center, as well as at the Cross-Cultural Center.  Additionally, Chris has experience as a project coordinator with a non-profit in the Bay Area. He joins our team with a deep understanding of who we are and where we have been. Chris begins his position Monday, June 17th.  If you are around this summer, feel free to stop by and say hello.  For those of you away for the summer, please plan to reconnect with Chris as you return, especially at Q Camp, Fall 2013!


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"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
-- Dr. Seuss

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Michelle's Goodbye Party

May 31 | 3:00 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m. 

LGBT Resource Center   


Dear friends,


As many of you may know, Michelle Strange, our Operations Coordinator, will be leaving the LGBT Resource Center and is heading to the University of Maryland, College Park's Student Affairs Concentration program. Her last day at UC San Diego will be June 14. Please join us for a goodbye party on Friday of week 9, May 31 at 3pm at the LGBT Resource Center. We will celebrate her many years here at the RC, and send her off with some food and festivities.


Please RSVP Shaun Travers at if you can make it.


Funky Fresh Fridays              

Pi-Yo Strength          

June 7 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
LGBT Resource Center, Conference Room 

PiYo Strength is not your average mind-body workout! It's a unique core-strengthening workout inspired by yoga and Pilates. With upbeat music and a constant flow of moves, it's a rhythmic, dynamic, and intense workout designed to build strength and flexibility.

Every Friday the LGBT Resource Center will host weekly fitness sessions in collaboration with Recreations. Join us in relieving stress in healthy, supportive, and fun ways. The activities, levels of intensity, and times will vary each Friday. Wear comfortable clothes and supportive shoes. You may also want to bring water and a towel.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michelle Strange at

Queer Black Social 

June 7 |12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

LGBT Resource Center, Conference Room    

Community Queer Black Socials are closed spaces for Black people to talk about queer issues. Its primary focus is for Black students, staff, faculty, community members, and alumni to connect and build community with each other. This social's topic is on gender identity and expression. Please join us for community and conversation. If you can make it, please email Michelle Strange at


Rainbow Graduation - Register Now! 



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! Please register online the LGBT Resource Center website, Just look in the lower right hand corner under Events! Contact Shaun Travers at if you have any questions.

LGBT RC Intern Alumni Reflections: The Ins and Outs 

Sean Laperruque, Intern Class 2002-2005

One of my main duties was to compile and compose material for the RC's weekly Rainbow Newsletter. To do this, I would sit at the Assistant to the Director, Debbi Blake's, desk which was behind a partition wall separating the reception from the common area. This was the setup of our fine, double-wide trailer. The partition wall didn't quite reach to the ceiling, so I could hear the goings-on in the common area. Debbi, my boss, had a doorbell installed under the desk to ring in case things got loud 'n rowdy while I was on the phone or receiving a guest. Folks would joke that I was like some kind of Wizard of Oz-like power from behind The Wall. On nights that the LGBTQIA (doo-dah!) would meet in the common area, I would read out announcements from the Newsletter. I knew it was my cue when the student group would yell, "Wall!!" to bring me out for announcements. And some of those students still jokingly call me, "The Wall".

Staff & Faculty Highlight 

SFA Meeting   

June 4 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 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 UCSD LGBT Staff and Faculty Association is the official faculty and staff association for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender folks at UCSD. We provide the opportunity for faculty and staff to meet new people at the University and make connections that will last your entire career. All of our events are open to faculty, & staff regardless of one's sexual orientation and gender identity. For more information, please visit the website or email Helen Mout at

Graduate Student Highlight

Greg G. Goldgof wins Grand Challenges Explorations grant


Greg G. Goldgof, a graduate student in UC San Diego's Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and the Medical Science Training Program will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled "Outsmarting Malaria: Developing next generation anti-malarials that prevent the evolution of drug resistance."

"I am very appreciative that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has funded my proposal to develop a new technology for drug development to treat malaria," said Goldgof.  "This information will be used to prioritize drug candidates for clinical trials and to identify new malaria drug targets for future therapies."


For the full story click here.  

UCSD Library New LGBT Resource 

Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation / Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli, eds.


Recent years have seen a plethora of research on the psychology of sexual orientation. The Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation synthesizes that research, offering an excellent summary of the state of current understanding in the field.


The book is divided into four broad themes. "Concepts, Theories, and Perspectives" explores issues such as bisexual and transgender identities, biological foundations of sexual orientation, and demographic perspectives on sexual orientation.  "Development over the Life Course" looks at sexual orientation development from adolescence through middle adulthood and beyond. "Domains of Experience" examines sexual orientation in relation to careers, health, mental health and family. And, finally, "Communities and Contextual Issues" considers social implications of sexual orientation: societal attitudes, victimization and hate crime, and race/ethnicity among LGB communities. This book is available at Geisel Library.         


A Muslimah's Perspective: Islam and Feminism 

June 5 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Women's Center    

 We've heard enough from FEMEN trying to LIBERATE "oppressed" Muslim women. How do Muslim women themselves define their own liberation? Can they be feminists too!? Does their religion oppress them!?


Join us as Muslim women deconstruct stereotypes associated with their identity and share their personal narratives, allowing us to understand how Islam plays an important role in their identity as feminists. This is an open space for all those interested. Refreshments will be provided along with the comfort of good conversations and awesome people.


Any questions/concerns/comments, please contact us at:



QueST Spring Mixer  

June 4 |6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

SIO's Surfside    


QuEST would like to welcome you to its mixer on Tuesday, June 4! Come and celebrate the impending summer with other techies and science nerds. Enjoy catered food and adult beverages with a valid ID. We're also excited to have member Ashley Juavinett playing live music during the event! We welcome faculty, post-docs, grad students, and professionals alike.
Street parking is available on La Jolla Shores Drive (note that not all parking lots at SIO accept UCSD permits). UCSD also offers a free shuttle to SIO. You can email and/or visit for more information. 

Calling for Submissions for 2013 LA Transgender Film Festival


The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival (LATFF) features films by trans, genderqueer, and intersex filmmakers. In addition to film screenings, we emphasize dialogue and interaction through workshops, performances, and panel discussions. This aims to help audience members understand the motivations and inspirations behind the films, and to educate them about the various problems and issues faced by the trans community.

The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival is interested in previewing your work!


If interested, please do the following:

1) Send your submission (either by emailing an online link or by mail) by May 31st

2) Completing the festival entry form

3) (Optional) Sending us some film stills for marketing purposes


For more information visit  


Blood Ivory: The Elephant Crisis

June 3 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

UCSD, Great Hall  

 Elephants are highly intelligent animals with complex social behaviors. A recent surge in illegal killings of African elephants has been fueled by increasing demand for ivory. Estimated tens of thousands of elephants have been killed every year, raising concerns about the survival of this iconic African species. If you want to learn more about the fascinating life of elephants and about what can you do to help protecting them, attend this event! Check out the facebook event here.

An Evening for Edie

June 18 | 6:30 p.m.

San Diego LGBT Community Center    


This event is a free film screening of Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement at The Center in collaboration with the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties. It focuses on Edie Windsor's DOMA case which has currently reached the Supreme Court. There will be light snacks provided as well as a Q & A with some of the ACLU staff. 

Summer Scholarship  

ANY College Student (grad or undergrad) may apply for the May 31st, 2013 deadline. It is a new year and applicants are needed for College Improvement's Cash Scholarship. Students may apply directly and get details at

Stress Free Zone

June 5 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Library Walk 

Come de-stress with CAPS Wellness Peer Educators with a day full of fun activities and free giveaways.

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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  


The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center is committed to being accessible to all who frequent our space, participate in our programs, and attend our events.  Our physical location is accessible to anyone who utilizes assisted mobility.  If you require specific accommodations to fully access any of our programs or events, please contact Shaun Travers at or (858) 822-3493.


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