Week 4, Spring Quarter 2015
UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center
858-822-3493 | rainbow@ucsd.edu | lgbt.ucsd.edu
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"The most dangerous phrase in the language is, 'we've always done it this way.'"

-Grace Hopper

Join us for a book talk with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha! 


Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Keynote

Fri. April 24 | 7p | CCC Comunidad Room


Winner of the 2012 Lambda Literary Award, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, teacher, performer and healer/organizer of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan, Roma and Irish ascent. She walks in the legacies of her Roma great grandmother who walked out of Galicia to the Black Sea with thirteen children while healing people at her kitchen table campfires along the way and her Sri Lankan bicycle riding school teacher grandmother and great aunties who kept managing to not be arrested while enjoying sex and cute clothes. The author of Love Cake and Consensual Genocide and the co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, her writing on femme identity, transformative justice, healing justice and queer of color lives has been widely anthologized. She is the co-founder of the queer people of color arts incubator Mangos With Chili, a lead artist with Sins Invalid and co-founder of Toronto's Asian Arts Freedom School. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press' 40 Feminists Under 40 Shaping the Future and she is an 2013 Autostraddle Alternative Hot 105 member. Her first memoir, Dirty River, is forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2015.

Co-sponsored by: CARE: Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education, Pan-Asian Staff Association's Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration & the APIMEDA Research Project, Mackey-Cua Project: QPPOC San Diego, Queer Trans People of Color, UC San Diego Women's Center, San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation.

Leah's books will be available for purchase at the event.

Also that day:
Femme of Color conversation with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Closed space for Femme people of Color
Fri. April 24 | 4-5pm | LGBT Resource Center

The LGBT Resource Center is committed to making our communities' program and events accessible. If you require specific accommodations, please contact us.
858. 822.3493 | rainbow@ucsd.edu| lgbt.ucsd.edu

what's happening at the rc 


Fluid Attraction Group

Thursday 4/23 | 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 4/22 | 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. 


Healing from Childhood Sexual Assault

Wed. April 29th | 5p | 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.





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Challenging a Culture of Expectation: Re-Imagining the Queer Male Physique

+ "Do I Look Fat?" Film Screening

Mon. May 4th | 5-7p | LGBTRC


This aim of this program is to explore the ways in which gay male bodies are situated within the presumed culture of expectation that exists within the gay male community, specifically issues related to body image and eating disorders. By screening "Do I Look Fat?" (2005), a documentary film that explores the aforementioned topics, the hope is to engage in a dialogue that provokes and critically challenges the issues enveloped within the fat-phobia and shaming of particular body types that exists within the gay male community.


It's Not Just About S-E-X!

Wed. April 22nd | 4:30-6:30p | LGBTRC


The UCSD LGBT Resource Center Programming Team invite you all to participate in our program next week: "It's Not Just About S-E-X!", where we will partake in a fun and self-reflective activity that challenges us to rethink traditional conceptions of queer sex.The aim of this program is to discuss personal, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being in sexual and other intimate relationships, as these topics are often left out of traditional conversations of sexual health and safety. Facilitated through an open dialogue with opportunities for questions, with the hope that people will be equipped to make well-informed decisions about their sex lives and sexuality. Chipotle (with vegan/vegetarian options) will be provided.



student orgs & staff announcements

Even 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 Graduation Registration 


Attention CLASS OF 2015! It's about that time...REGISTER TODAY to participate in Black Graduation! The Black Graduation Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor African and African American students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. The event recognizes their accomplishment and provides an opportunity for graduates to honor significant people who have helped them achieve their goal. The ceremony reinforces the bonds of scholarship and extends the sense of community. The intimate ceremony is representative of African and African American culture and culminates with a Kente Stole presentation.Register at here!


brc.ucsd.edu | 858-534-0471



Through My Eyes: Student and Community Art Exhibit

Wed. April 23rd | 5-7p | CCC


This art reception is a one day event where art pieces done by students and communi9ty members will be displayed. The artwork being shown, portrays what community means, feels, and is to the artist. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. 


ccc.ucsd.edu | 858-534-9689 

Raza Graduation Ceremony 2015

Fri. June 12th | 5-11p | PC Ballroom West

Raza Graduation is an intimate, culturally inclusive and festive celebration that highlights the achievements in higher education for Chicano/Latino students here at UC San Diego. At this time we are seeking volunteers for this year's event. We ask that you please share this volunteer sign up form with your organization members. For more information visit here.


raza.ucsd.edu | 858-822-0072 



Unspoken Voices: Femicide in Central America
Thurs. April 23rd | 5:30-7p | Women's Center

Join us for a screening of "Justice for My Sister," which tells the stories of Guatemalan women and how the legal system fails to protect them from gender-based violence. Discussion will follow. Food provided.

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

Apply today to join one of Advocates for Youth's programs!


Are you a young person (14-24 years old) who is: Passionate about fighting for young people's rights to sexual health information and services? Interested in connecting with youth leaders from across the country? Dedicated to developing skills to make a difference in your community? If selected, you will have opportunities to: develop new organizing and leadership skills; become informed on sexual and reproductive health issues; connect with passionate young people from across the country; and build skills to make a lasting impact in your community. You will also join more than 100 youth activists in Washington, DC for an intense four-day activist training institute free of charge!


Click here for more information!


Femme to Femme: Call for submissions

Deadline: 11/1/15


Femme to Femme is a literary non-fiction, varied anthology seeking to explore femme* identity in the 20thand 21st century through poetry, prose, essays, stories/narratives, illustration/art and photography. Femme to Femme seeks to challenge public discourse about and around femmeness because it often has a white, classed, cis-gender woman center, and is only discussed in relationship to masculinity - never each other. It is a project that prioritizes the lives, needs, and desires of femmes of all lived experiences; It is a call to action and celebration of the personal, political, and transformative self.


Email submissions to: here

For more information visit: here




UC Berkeley's 8th Annual Queer and Asian Conference

 Fri. May 1st - Sun. May 3rd | UC Berkley


This year's theme, "AMPLIFY", seeks to amplify our collective voices in addressing the perception that Asian Americans are silent on political matters and understand how queer and Asian bodies are perceived and influenced by society in relation to other marginalized identities. Participants are then able to engage in Workshops, share personal stories in intimate "Storytime" sessions, listen to Keynotes from prominent activists, watch Performances from of community members, and of course, mingle at the Afterparty! 

For more information visit us here



The 2015 Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay & Lesbian Studies Presents: Out in the Night

Tues. April 28th | 6p | Great Hall, ERC


Screening of the award-winning OUT IN THE NIGHT, a feature documentary by blair dorosh-walther that tells the story of four African American lesbians from Newark NJ, who became criminals after they defended themselves against a homophobic street attack in 2006 in the West Village of NYC. A conversation with the filmmakers and the four women featured in this film, who became known as the NJ4 , will follow the screening.


For more information click here! 


2015 Family of the Year Award.


The Family of the Year Award was created to acknowledge that parents and family members play an instrumental part in the success and development of their student's academic journey.  Our hope is that the Family of the Year Award will remind the UC San Diego community that loving relationships and mutual support are important institutional values.  Please see the attached flyer and distribute it to any students that you believe would be interested in nominating their family.


For more information regarding the Family of the Year Award and for detailed contest instructions, visit: here


San Diego Pride Hiring: Marketing and Communications Manager


San Diego Pride is building its Dream Team. We seek an experienced professional dedicated to growing and improving our events and increasing our charitable contribution to the community. Job Summary: The Marketing and Communication Manager must have a true passion for navigating the spectrum of digital and traditional marketing and media communication strategies as tools to further the mission of Pride.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and salary history or expectation electronically to: careers@sdpride.org 


Creating Healthy and Sustainable Communities

Sat. April 25th | 11a-2:30p | Ocean View Growing Grounds, 4540 Ocean View Blvd San Diego, CA 92113

**Meet on top of Pangea Parking Structure for bus transportation at 10am (bring $5)


I-House's Slice of America program provides students with an opportunity to visit different parts of San Diego and encourages us to think critically about our roles and interactions with local communities. Faculty Fellow Dr. Keith Pezzoli will lead a tour of Ocean View Growing Grounds to learn about community development and locally sourced food initiatives that are shaping the evolving landscape of agriculture in San Diego. We will prepare our own lunch using locally grown ingredients. Register here.


Talking Circles: Undocumented Students Weekly Drop-in

Thursdays | 4-5p | Undocumented Student Services Office


This group is for graduate and undergraduate undocumented students who are looking for community support. Talking circles are safe spaces where undocumented students can gather and discuss their intersecting identities, stressors that stem from being undocumented, and finding healthy ways to cope. 


For questions, e-mail Susana Martinez.  


UNIDAS Chicana/Latina Forum

Tuesdays | 3-4:30p | Raza Resource Centro


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

For questions, e-mail Susana Martinez.   






Thurs. April 30th | 6:30p | Porter's Pub


THEESatisfaction are Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. They produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. The event will include a q&a with the artists. DJ sets & selections before and after the show by: Heavy Denim, B.B. Rox, & Jillian Rococo.


The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship


GAPA is a scholarship that seeks to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian and Pacific Islanders who are currently in high school or postsecondary school.  We award several scholarships of $2000 each to students who have demonstrated outstanding activism and leadership within the API LGBTQ community. For more information visit us here!


QuEST Meeting

Thurs. April 23rd | 4p | Home Plate @ UCSD, next to the RIMAC gym

We will be meeting to have our planning meeting/organizers meet and great. Please come if you can. Also, immediately afterwards (5-7) there will a queer happy hour event for UCSD graduate and professional students. FYI: This is a UCSD event, not a QuEST event. 

Good Life Festival 

Sat. May 2nd | 7-11p | Mathews Quad and Town Square


The Good Life Festival is an exciting night designed to celebrate and promote healthy living! Enjoy an evening full of FREE activities including human foosball, live DJ, Zumba and line dancing sessions, photo booth, healthy food trucks and vendors, glow-flow yoga, human hamster balls, rock climbing and interactive well-being activity booths! This is sure to be a night to remember, so come out and enjoy the #UCSDGOODLIFE!

Visit goodlife.ucsd.edu for more information. 

Communality Engagement and Service Learning Awards Ceremony

Wed. April 29th | 5-6p | Comunidad Room


This awards ceremony is meant to recognize the contributions of individuals who strengthen our communities through the interconnecting of academics, service, and leadership. Dolores Huerta will be a guest speaker. RSVP here!



Test Anxiety Reduction Workshop

Tues. April 28th | 3-4:30p | Cross Cultural Center


This workshop addresses the cognitive and behavioral causes of test anxiety, and provides skills/strategies to reduce anxiety in testing situations and improve performance.


For questions, email Ryan Stevenson or Joanna Boval.