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Volume 52 Issue 5
July 26, 2013
Meet the LGBT RC Assistant Director for Education Candidates!    

LGBT Resource Center 


LGBT RC  Maribel Perez Gomez | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Presentation, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Red Shoe Room

    Open Lunch, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - LGBT Resource Center

Tiffany Lane | Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Presentation, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - John Muir Room

    Open Lunch, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - LGBT Resource Center

Our search for a new Assistant Director for Education at the LGBT Resource Center has begun, and we need YOUR input! Please join us for both the presentation and open lunch with the candidates as they interview for this position. This person is an invaluable asset to our team and to our community; every person who enters the physical space of the LGBT Resource Center will interact with the Assistant Director for Education. Bring your questions for the candidates. We would love your feedback on who YOU think will make a great fit for our Center and our team. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Shaun Travers at with which days you will join us.

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"Cultural work is political work when it's about taboo, or when it's about any area of shame. Shame is a great controller of people's dreams. And when you take on that shame, you're freeing people up for political struggle."
- Joan Nestle

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Presentations from Assistant Director Candidates 
July 30 and August 6 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Red Shoe Room and John Muir Room


 Maribel Perez Gomez will present:


Dignity and Solidarity: Community Building in LGBTQQIA Communities of Color


Solidarity is integral in Queer People of Color activism. But how do we make our work inclusive of underserved and underrepresented communities within the QPOC Community? What roles do dignity and compassion play in our activism? This presentation will discuss the importance of community building and inclusion within QPOC spaces.


Maribel received her Master's degree in Mexican American Studies, with an emphasis in policy, from San Jose State University, and her Bachelor's degree from UC Davis in Chicana/o Studies, with an emphasis in cultural studies.

Tiffany Lane will present:


The Pink Elephant in the Room

Race is still a difficult subject to discuss and for some believed to be a "non-issue."  In this presentation, audience members will participate in an activity followed by a discussion addressing how race and racism impacts the LGBTQ community and how to make the invisible more visible on campus.


Tiffany received her Master's degree in Social Work, with an concentration in Community Practice, from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and her Bachelor's degree from Michigan Statue University in Philosophy, with a concentration in bioethics, humanities and society.


Staff & Faculty Highlight 

SFA Meeting   

August 6 | 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
Q Camp Fall 2013

September 25 | 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LGBT Resource Center


Q Camp is an orientation program that will help acquaint students with LGBTQIA-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 LGBTQIA life.
If you're interested in attending Q Camp Fall 2013, click on this link to register.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Chris Datiles at or come stop by at the LGBT Resource Center.   

LGBT Healing Trauma Group for Survivors  

Tuesdays, June11- July 30 |5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Center for Community Solutions: Pacific Beach Office  


 The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) will be holding a Healing Trauma Group  for LGBT adults of all genders who have experienced physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse. CCS staff and volunteers are informed on issues, challenges, and barriers specific to the LGBT communities. It is part of our core values and organizational culture to work with LGBT individuals with respect, compassion, and confidentiality. We welcome everyone including lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer, questioning, transgender, genderqueer, and intersex people as well as those involved in the BDSM/Leather, polyamory, and tantric communities.
Please leave a message for Laura at (619)-697-7477 ext. 111 with questions or to express interest in this group.

AIDS Walk San Diego

September 29 | 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Balboa Park  

 Dear community~


Every year UC San Diego participates in San Diego's AIDS Walk with the UCSD Communities team, but this year is different.  10 years ago, our own Trent Lawley passed away from AIDS.  This year we are walking specifically in his memory, on the 10th anniversary of his passing, and I hope you will walk with our team.


Trent was a strong supporter of the UC San Diego LGBT community and the LGBT Resource Center from the day it opened back when we were a simple office in the Financial Aid building back in 1999.  He was a committed member of the LGBT Speaker's Bureau, and volunteered at the Resource Center before we transitioned to regular evening staff.  Trent kept us open every Wednesday afternoon.  The Resource Center benefited not only from his time, but from numerous donations of food throughout the year, and some fun pieces of decor and furniture.  Trent was honored as the first Volunteer of the Year at our Rainbow Graduation in 2002.  He was humble in receiving the recognition, and we had to beg him to come forward.  But he did.  He always stepped forward when needed.  Trent passed away from AIDS on September 8th, 2003.  I was at his memorial service at The Center in Hillcrest, with so many of his friends and family.  Soon after, we named our undergraduate intern who coordinates volunteers after him: the Trent Lawley Volunteer Intern.  I wish I would have known him longer - if AIDS hadn't cut his life short.  And this year, in 2013, we are walking in memory of 10 years since his passing and the ongoing fight to end HIV/AIDS.  I hope you will walk with us.


This year AIDS Walk is the single largest one-day HIV/AIDS fundraiser in San Diego. The annual event consists of a 5K AIDS Walk and a USA Track & Field certified 10K AIDS Run (which starts at 7:30am). Funds raised provide essential services - food, shelter, healthcare, counseling, etc. - to women, men and children fighting HIV/AIDS throughout San Diego County. AIDS Walk also serves as an important vehicle for HIV/AIDS education and prevention.


If you want to join us, visit the AIDS Walk & Run website at and click the "Register" tab at the top of the page, select "Join an Existing Team" then prompted, indicate your desire to "Join a Team" and then enter our team name - UCSD Communities -- and hit "Search for a Team." Click the Join button to the right of our name. It's that easy!


I am our AIDS Walk San Diego team leader and you can contact me with any questions about AIDS Walk, if you need to register or if you have any thoughts or ideas about what we should do this year for our participation in AIDS Walk.

Register and walk with us in memory of Trent. I hope I'll see you at the 24th annual AIDS Walk & Run San Diego.



Shaun Travers

Free Trip to Israel for LGBTQ Community Members 

Registration: September 10     

 Diversity Rainbow PeopleExperience Israel with Taglit-Birthright Israel: Israel Experience's LGBTQ Rainbow Trip! If you're looking for a way to see Israel in a safe and inviting environment along with others from the LGBTQ community, we're happy to show you around.  See Israel through a LGBTQ lens, travel with LGBTQ identified Israelis, and explore the classic site and attractions. Visit the Jerusalem Open House to meet with the gay community of Jerusalem and hear of their struggle for acceptance in their city, as individuals and as a community as a whole; visit the Gay Center in Tel Aviv; live it up in lively LGBTQ clubs; and meet top LGBTQ identified Israeli performing artists and filmmakers.


Registration lasts for only a few days and opens on September 10th. Sign up for important registration updates here:

San Diego's Clean Syringe Exchange Program (CSEP)

Volunteers Needed! Help prevent the spread of HIV.

Monday - Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Thursday | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

HIV Prevention Center 


 We are currently looking for new volunteers to help us with this exciting public health intervention designed to curb the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C. We are in need of motivated people from a variety of academic backgrounds to help our program excel, and that's why I am contacting you! The issues related to injection drug use are complex and require diverse interdisciplinary perspectives to be solved. Make a difference in the local San Diego community as a volunteer for the county's only Clean Syringe Exchange Program, so that the likelihood of HIV and HCV being passed on to others can be reduced.
For any questions or concerns, email Cary Klemmer at and/or call (619) 906-4661. 
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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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