Week 8, Winter Quarter 2015
UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center
858-822-3493 | rainbow@ucsd.edu | lgbt.ucsd.edu
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"Selma is now. Because the struggle for justice is right now...we know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real...there are more black men under incarceration today than were under slavery."


-John Legend, at the 2015 Oscars 


meet van! 


Van DowningSDSU Graduate Student/Therapist-In-Training,Transgender Community Member & Advocate,UCSD LGBT Resource Center Graduate Intern



Now available for free One-on-One conversations surrounding transition, gender identity and support for gender questioning/gender transitioning folks. UCSD LGBT RC Office Hours: Thursdays 11a-5p and Fridays 10a-4p. Please email Van for appointment.




what's happening at the rc 


Fluid Attraction Group

Thursday 2/26 | 6-7p | LGBTRC


This group is an open dialogue and supportive space for those who identify with bisexual, biromantic, fluid, pansexual, panromantic, queer and questioning experiences. We welcome you to attend, listen, participate, and connect with others as we explore fluid sexualities and/or fluid romantic attractions. This is a community space where confidentiality will be respected.


Contact ucsdfluidgroup@gmail.com for more info.


Trans* Collective 

Wednesday 2/25 | 4-5p | LGBTRC

Trans* Collective is a support and discussion group designed for trans*, gender variant/fluid, intersex folks including individuals who are questioning and/or identify outside of their assigned gender/sex. 

Contact rainbow@ucsd.edu for more info. 


Out and Proud Week Call for Programs


Out and Proud Week presents the largest opportunity for community visibility on the UC San Diego campus. It is a week-long opportunity, to be in community, learn about the community, and reflection on the struggles and achievements of LGBTQIA-identified students, staff, and faculty and our allies. It is also a time for public awareness and discussion of current LGBT issues on our campus, as well as local, state and national levels. 

 The LGBT Resource Center is doing a call out for programs, events, educational opportunities, and gatherings that represent the mission of Out and Proud Week. Out and Proud Week will take place Monday, April 20th - Friday, April 24th, 2015.

Last Day for Submissions: Friday April 3, 2015


To submit your program go here






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Q LEAGUE: Queer Leaders' Summit. (POSTPONED)


LGBTQIA student organization leaders, you are invited to the Q LEAGUE: Queer Leaders' Summit on Saturday February 28th, 2015 from 12-4pm (lunch will be provided). It will be an opportunity to connect with other student leaders.


The objectives of the summit are to:

*foster leadership development

*collaboration among LGBTQIA organizations at UCSD

*discuss intersecting and multiple identities

*building community


RSVP to mpgomez@ucsd.edu by February 20th.


Crafternoon: Nail Art

Wed. March 11th | 1-3p | LGBTRC


Come to the LGBTRC to de-stress through nail art with community! Materials will be provided, simply bring your creativity.




Centering LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit Native Voices: A Film Screening & Critical Dialogue

Mon. March 9th | 6-9p | ERC Room (near InterTribal Resource Center and SPACES)

In collaboration with the Native American Student Alliance (NASA), Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), and SPACES, the UCSD LGBT Resource Center programming team will be screening the PBS documentary
Two Spirits. Following this, there will be a critical discussion with Amrah Salomon, a UCSD Ethnic Studies graduate student whose research interests range from Indigenous Studies, Autonomy, Decolonization to Native Feminism, Non-Western and Indigenous Political Thought, and Women of Color Feminism, in addition to a community speaker. The intention is to continue the conversation around unsettling dominant perspectives and assumptions on LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit Native identities, and in doing so, encourage self-reflection and positive (re)action.


The PBS documentary, Two Spirits, will be screened, followed by a critical discussion with Amrah Salomon, a UCSD Ethnic Studies graduate student whose research interests range from Indigenous Studies, Autonomy, Decolonization to Native Feminism, Non-Western and Indigenous Political Thought, and Women of Color Feminism, in addition to a community speaker. The intention is to continue the conversation around unsettling dominant perspectives and assumptions on LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit Native identities, and in doing so, encourage self-reflection and positive (re)action. 

Join the facebook event here


Healing from Childhood Sexual Assault

Wed. March 4th | 6-8p | LGBTRC

Hello community, my name is sandra j. and I am the Library Intern here at the UCSD LGBT Resource Center. I identity as a survivor of childhood sexual assault and wanted to help create a healing space for all queer/trans identified survivors of childhood sexual assault, to bridge the gap in what it means to be a survivor of CSA (childhood sexual assault) and queer/trans identified, and to create space for those specific intersections of our identities in finding other folks to connect with.

This program will focus on healing through education and dialogue around CSA, healing from and through trauma, discussion, writing exercises, crafts, and plant potting. 

Please note:

1. This is a CLOSED SPACE for CSA survivors and Queer/Trans-identified members of community. 

2. This space can/will be triggering due to the nature of the content, please take the necessary time for yourself before, during, and after the event in the case of feeling triggered and overwhelmed. 
3. Please let me know during, before, after the event of any accommodations necessary. 

Please contact me with any questions, comments, and concerns here.





Crossing Lines: Hip-Hop, Culture, and Blackness Tues. March 3rd | 3:30-5p | CCC Comunidad

With Martin Boston, Dr. Fatima El-Tayeb, Dr. Gabriel Mendes, and Dr. Jillian Hernandez  

Rethinking Leadership Workshop                     Thurs. March 5th | 2:30-4p | LGBTRC

This workshop will be an introduction to Leadership Theories and build interest in developing ones skills. 

Spring QCamp

Weds. April 1st |  5-7p | LGBTRC  


Spring Q Camp is different than Fall Q Camp, because it's a less formal way to re-connect with community members and with the LGBT Resource Center.  It's also our tradition for kicking off the new quarter together.  Come hang out, reconnect, and learn about everything going on at the LGBT Resource Center. 

24 Hour Study Jam

Sun March 15-Mon March 16| 6pm on Sunday-9pm on Monday| LGBT RC

Come study for finals at the LGBTRC, we'll have lots of coffee and tasty snacks for you!


library highlight of the week! 

In collaboration with the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation, we received a signed copy of the One Book One San Diego for the year - Lysley Tenorio's "Monstress". 


The vibrant stories depict an immigrant experience that reveals the implications of what it means to be a perpetual outsider. Intimate portrayals give way to larger meditations in these eight stories of Filipino fiction.


In "Save the I-Hotel," forty years of friendship and the vagaries of old age have finally granted Fortunado the intimacy he's always desired with neighbor Vicente, but imminent eviction forces a reassessment of the painful choices that led to the present moment. In "Help," a harebrained revenge plot against The Beatles inadvertently reveals a broader world to a group of cousins living in the Philippines. "Superassassin" finds a nerdy teen appropriating the ambiguous legacy of a superhero gone wrong in a bid to seek revenge against a bully. And in "The Brothers,"Edmond discovers the true meaning of sibling love in the trans community following the untimely death of his brother.


Hard lives and hard choices take center stage in Monstress, but this is no bleak landscape that Tenorio limns. Woven throughout the collection is a wry narrative of ambition. These characters whether they are gay or straight, American or Filipino, all share an abiding desire to succeed, their shared identity of otherness paradoxically empowering as it appears to disenfranchise. In that sense, they belong to a larger project of outsider fiction. So much here hinges on family, tradition and culture. The particulars that define one group from another may change, Tenorio seems to suggest, but the one constant that remains throughout is an abiding human desire for community. And that holds true whether you're a drag queen, an immigrant or a creature feature actresses.

student orgs & staff announcements

Mondays, 7-9p | LGBT RC
LGBTQIA is committed to providing safe spaces for the community.  For more information please email lgbtqia@gmail.com.

Men's Group

Wednesdays, 7-9p | LGBT RC

Men's group is a social support group that strives to establish a safe, comfortable space for discussions being male and queer.

More Info: rainbow@ucsd.edu


Queer & Trans People of Color
Thursdays, 7-9p | LGBT RC
Connect with other Queer and Trans* People of Color!   Discuss issues around navigating homophobia and transphobia, resisting racism, and fighting misogyny among other things.


12 Step Recovery Group

Fridays, 3:15-4:15p | Heritage Room


The open 12 step meeting is a safe space for folks who are in, seeking, or have questions about recovery. We meet weekly to support one another as a non-judgmental peer group that respects each individual's privacy and process. Topics include, but are not limited to recovery from substance abuse, eating disorders, sex and love addiction, and codependency.


More info: rainbow@ucsd.edu 

campus community centers



Black Resource Center's Peer Mentor Program

Fri. Feb. 27th | BRC 

Do you want to see incoming Black UC San Diego students begin their academic careers on the right foot?  Are you passionate about the success of our Black students?  If your answers were yes, then being a Peer Mentor may be in your future!  Apply to be a Peer Mentor today by clicking here!  For more information, feel free to contact Walter Torrence III.

brc.ucsd.edu | 858-534-0471



#Blacklivesmatter: A Conversation with Alicia Garza

Thurs | Feb 26 | 2-3:30pm | Comunidad Room

Alicia Garza graduated from UC San Diego in 2002 with a dual degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Thurgood Marshall College. She currently is the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In 2013, Alicia co-founded #BlackLivesMatter, an online platform developed after the murder of Trayvon Martin, designed to connect people interested in learning more about and fighting back against anti-Black racism. Light refreshments to follow presentation.

ccc.ucsd.edu | 858-534-9689 


UNIDAS Chicana/Latina Forum                                               Tuesdays | 3-4pm | Raza Resource Centro

This group is for graduate and undergraduate Chicana/Latina women who are looking fpr a safe space to sulitiavte support, discuss challeges, and honor individual life stories. Topics for discussion include: self-esteem, responsibility for others, and need for self-care, intersecting identieis, family, relationships, intimacy, discrimination, academic pressure, mentoring, and the impact that these have on their UCSD experience.

raza.ucsd.edu | 858-822-0072 




Winter Wellness-DIY Self-Care Kits

Wed. Feb. 25th | 12-2p | Women's Center 


Stressed out by midterms? Come to the Women's Center to make your own self-care kit. We'll have supplies available so you can take care of YOU.


women.ucsd.edu | 858-822-0074 
community classifieds 

Join the UC San Diego Library for a panel conversation on Activism, Policing and Black Lives Matter with four faculty:

Wed. Feb. 25th | 12-1:30p | Geisel Library, Seuss Room

 Zeinabu Davis (UCSD Communication), Dayo Gore (UCSD Ethnic Studies), Cesar Rodriguez  (CSUSM Sociology) and Daniel Widener (UCSD History).  This panel discussion raises questions, examines the roots of injustice, and offers avenues of exploration and information that might help to galvanize the outrage of recent protests into a sustained movement.


Open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

Swing by the Geisel Library, main floor, West Wing to check out the accompanying exhibit:
#blacklivesmatter: a century of state sanctioned violence


Second Annual Undergraduate LGBT Studies Research Symposium

Wed. Apr. 22nd | UCLA


The theme, Staging Queers: Identity, Performance, and Bodies of Entertainment will highlight the ways in which activism through performance and art has catalyzed the queering of popular culture and politics. The symposium will set the stage for presenters to focus on queer topics that spotlight challenges to heteronormative structures that work to appropriate, exoticize, and (mis) represent, the queer body. For any questions or concerns not addressed on this website, please email the Symposium Organizers at  here

 with any questions.



Bootcamp/Yoga Workout

Sat. Feb 28th | 10a-12p | UCSD RIMAC Auxiliary Gym


Workout and help out! UC San Diego Recreation is sponsoring a fundraiser for Lynn Fuller, a domestic abuse victim, and sister of long time Recreation employee, Rhonda Fuller. Join us for a great bootcamp/yoga workout. Our massage therapists will also be on site for chair massages between classes and 30 minute post-workout. Come for the invigorating workout followed by a restorative yoga session and support an amazing cause.  Suggested donation: Students-$15, Community-$25. Donate at the event or online here


For more information contact Terri Dowie




UC San Diego's Overnight Program


UC San Diego's Overnight Program is a special event that invites UC San Diego-admitted high school seniors from California to experience the university environment and campus life, network with other admitted high school seniors and current college students, and learn about campus resources. Sign Up to be a volunteer or to help plan! Meetings take place on Wednesday (Odd Weeks) from 3:30pm- 4:30pm in SPACES (2nd Floor PC West; right above Subway)!

If you have any questions please e-mail us here.

Fathers, Fathering, and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano Desire and Belonging


The editors invite contributions to an anthology that brings together work by queer/gay Chicanos/Mexicanos on their fathers, the act of fathering, and/or notions of fatherhood whether fathers are/were present or absent, accessible, inaccessible, engaged, disengaged, accepting or rejecting of sons.


Please submit an abstract (ideas or thoughts about your topic) or first draft of your work with a title by March 15th, 2015 to here and here.

We Alive: A Celebration of Black Lesbian Womanhood

March 8th | 6-9p | Diversionary Theatre
The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation presents a celebration of International Women's Day unlike any other in San Diego. Attendees will be treated to a reading and performance by Haitian American lesbian spoken word poet and performer Lenelle MoÔse as well as a reading by the award winning novelist, Chinelo Okaparanta. Join us as we celebrate the brilliance, struggle, and perseverance of Black lesbian women! For more information, click here


PFLAG 2015 Scholarships

Application deadline is March 16, 2015


PFLAG San Diego and its collaborators are pleased to offer these scholarships in 2015. Minimum scholarship amounts are $1,000, and more than one scholarship may be awarded in a given category. Applicants are encouraged to address the additional award factors considered for these named scholarships when they submit their essays. For more information visit here! 

Calling all women in STEM!


Fri. March 6th | Women's Center

Be a part of a community ZINE: It will be a form of self-expression, and way of healing or dealing with misogyny in STEM fields! Submit a creative work that represents your experience! Share your feelings, frustrations, successes, the good bad and ugly! Can be in the form of: Sketch, Cartoon, or comic, Poetry, Prose, Comedy, Anecdote. 




 Essay Contest Prompt

Friday, March 6, 2015, 11:59p


Cesar Chavez was a prolific community organizer and a champion of social change. He used ten core values to guide his life. Using one or more of these core values with which you most identify, please discuss how you have contributed to equity and social justice at UC San Diego. How will you apply Cesar's core values to create positive change in the Latina/o community and the greater society?

Deadline to Apply:


 Please email us here for any questions!



BlaqOUT Conference on April 10-11, 2015 @ University of California, Riverside.

Apply by March 28th, 2015

We cordially invite all folks who self identify as Black/African American or of African Descent and as Same Gender Loving, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or somewhere on the LGBTQ Spectrum, to apply to attend. Through this conference, we hope to create safe and courageous spaces that foster the discussion of issues relevant to those who self identify as Black/African American or of African Communities on the LGBTQ Spectrum. Various Workshops, keynotes, and activities will be designed to unite our community and equip us with the resources necessary to face issues that affect us as marginalized individuals. To submit a workshop click here!

To apply to attend, click here! 

Lesbians Who Tech 

Feb. 26th- Mar. 1st | SF 

Are you a freelancer, young startup employee or student? Apply for a scholarship to attend the Lesbians Who Tech (and allies) Summit. This year Lesbians Who Tech, a community of queer women in tech (and allies) will come together February 26 - March 1 for our marquee event, the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco. The event brings together over 1,200 LGBTQ women (and allies) across all areas of technology. It is the only event focused on increasing visibility and tech participation in the the women's and queer communities.

2015 Gender Spectrum Conference and Professionals' Symposium Sat. July 11 and Sun. July 12 | Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, CA

Gender identity and expression isn't about a single child, a single family, or a single school. It's about all of us. Gender roles, stereotypes, and definitions shape how we understand ourselves and those around us. At the heart of this understanding are the stories we bring with us. The experiences we've had. The moments we've shared. In shaping the dialogue and conversation about gender inclusivity and acceptance, it is crucial that all of us have an opportunity to tell our gender story, and see ourselves reflected in the stories of others. For more information visit us here. 


Building on a Positive Life Weekly Support Group

Thursdays 6-8p |  Mercy Gardens


An ongoing educational/social support group for HIV+ men who have sex with men. Learn to be positive about being HIV+. Be empowered, share and grow with other men who can relate to your journey.


Learn, Laugh, and love yourself

-          Living with HIV

-          Healthy Relationships

-          Sexual Health

-          Self Esteem

-          Normalizing Conversations about sex

-          Self-Disclosure (telling family, friends, and partners)

25th Annual Asian Pacific Islander Issues Conference (APIICON) which will be held on Sat. Mar. 14th | 9a 

APIICON is a space for students, professors and community members to engage in dialogue about pressing issues and to discuss shared solutions. By bringing underrepresented issues to the forefront, the conference promotes awareness about ethnic diversity and fosters community building among API students from the Bay Area. The ultimate goal of this conference is to educate, empower, and organize our communities on API issues.

Click here for more information!

Immigrant Justice Corps is now accepting applications for the 2015 class of Community Fellows


In a nutshell, the Community Fellowship is a 2-year program designed for recent college graduates who are interested in immigration law, social justice, and public service. We are trained in immigration law and have paralegal-type responsibilities. It's a GREAT opportunity for those interested in pursuing law or public policy. The application is already live and will close on March 2nd at 8:59 PM PST. 

Click here for more information!