Queer Student Organizations

The UCSC queer community has an exciting amount of clubs and student organizations that enhance student life. Whatever your interest, whether social or activist, whether regarding ethnicity, gender or sexual orienatation, you will most likely a group for you. And if you do not find what you are looking for, it is very easy to begin your own group! Just come in and begin a conversation with the center staff. All of the student groups meet at the Lionel Cantú Queer Center unless otherwise noted. 

SPRING 2014 MEETING TIMES


    Queer Narratives: Mondays 5:00 - 6:30 pm

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    The Queer Writing Group, led by Molly Segale, meets weekly in a friendly, supportive and confidential space to write about queer issues including identity, sexuality, home life and being out in the world. In a typical meeting, we journal to short writing prompts and read aloud to each other.  Writing will tend to be memoir-like non-fiction with some poetry. We welcome writers of all gender identities, sexualities and writing levels!

  • Queer Geeks: Mondays 7:00 - 10:00 pm

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    For all queer and allied individuals, both on and off campus, do you love playing board games? Card games? Or video games? Then Queer Geeks is the club for you. Come and play a wide variety of games, like Dominion, Magic the Gathering, and Super Smash Bros, with your geeky peers. Come geek out and get your game on.

    President: Brett Houtz
    Vice-President: Clark Mizera

    Info/accessOur Facebook Page

    Email us: queer.geeks.ucsc@gmail.com


  • Queer and Questioning Women's Group: Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:30 pm

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    Meet other queer/questioning (Q & Q) women. Gain support and discuss being Q & Q at UCSC, coming out, families, racism, and dating in a safe and confidential space. Facilitated by Maya Borgueta and Melissa King!

    Maya Borguetta is a clinical psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). As a bisexual woman, she particularly enjoys working with other queer women to address issues around relationships, dating, identity, family, coming out, sex, and dealing with experiences of discrimination and bias. In her role as a multicultural focused psychologist, she is also working with students from diverse and multicultural backgrounds.   

    Info/access: queer@ucsc.edu


  • Queer Coffeehouse: Tuesdays 6:30 - 9:00 pm

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    Some of you might not have a particular affinity for one club or another, but want to meet folk and make friends. Or perhaps you just like free coffee, tea or cookies. Or perhaps you can't stay away from the center! Whatever your reason, queers and allies are always welcome to chill in this laid-back social space and enjoy food, drink and each other

    Info/Access: queer@ucsc.edu


  • Queer Book Club: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 pm

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    The Queer Book Club meets every second and fourth Wednesday's of the month.  All are welcome! The group reads and discusses queer related books throughout the school year in a safe and open environment.  If you're interested in fun reading and talking about the books you read with queer company drop by to the Cantu Queer Center during our group meetings!

    Info/access: adadiaz@ucsc.edu, or queer@ucsc.edu


  • Love Outside the Binary: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 pm

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    Come express and discuss with people who identify as pansexual, bisexual, and those interested in learning more about sexuality. We will be discussing personal experiences in a safe, open space as well as discussing the meaning of sexual labels and orientation in general. 

    Info/access: Hannah hreiter@ucsc.edu

  • Men's Group: Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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    The Queer Men's Group is back! 

    We're thrilled that out gay psychotherapist, Brent Alsaker, has joined the CAPS team. He worked with queer students and the GLBT Resource Center at UC Davis for many years. He's looking forward to meeting students at the Winter Mixer next week. His office is at Merrill College, so he'll become a familiar face at the Cantu. Brent will be leading the weekly queer men's group at the Cantu. He is seeking YOUR input about what you want that group to be. The group is open to all gay, bi, trans*, and queer self-identified men. 


  • Queer Student Union: Wednesdays 7:00 - 10:00 pm

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    Queer Student Union (QSU) is a student-run organization aiming to build community and organize to tackle issues affecting our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer communities. We strive to be representative of and inclusive of the many Queer experiences and identities that contribute to the richness and vibrancy of our community.

    We meet weekly in the Cantú Queer Center and also have events throughout the school year, both club-related and social. We host QSU socials throughout the year and campaigns that reach all UCSC students. Our weekly meetings are a gathering time for our community to grow and enjoy the company of friends and community members, as well as participate actively in their community. Our campaigns allow us to tackle the issues that affect our communities (i.e. access to all-gender bathrooms, access to LGBT housing on campus, outreaching to high school Gay-Straight Alliances, violence toward our community and within our community, and many more).

    Come join us, meet fellow Queer Slugs, make new, lasting friendships, and take ownership of your identity. We hope to see you at one of our weekly meetings!

    Leadership 2013-14:
    Internal Vice Chair: Dillon Teal qsu.ivc@gmail.com
    External Vice Chair: Israel Molina qsu.eva@gmail.com
    SUA Representative: Daniel Fernandez
    Treasurer: TBA


  • Familia X: Thursdays 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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    The purpose of Familia X is to provide an open space for everyone dedicated and/or concerned with the non-heterosexual and non-gender abiding Raza/Latin@/Chican@/Two-Spirit community. Realizing the need for a space for Queer Raza, our vision is to provide a safe space for our community to organize, empower, and support self-identified individuals. This vision will be achieved through organized weekly meetings, organized events, and support/empowerment groups.

    We invite everyone and anyone to come to join us in our weekly meetings/events!

    Co-Chair's: Maya Lopez & Fortino Hernandez-Vasquez
    Treasurer: Santos De La Paz
    Secretary: Cindia Florez

    Info/access: familiaxsantacruz@gmail.com

  • QPOC: Thursdays 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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    QPOC (Queer People of Color) group is for any UCSC community person (staff/faculty/faculty) who identify as a queer person of color. We strive to create a diverse and safe space for dialogue and ideas that will help raise awareness about QPOC community here on and off campus, by forming alliances with other organizations, setting weekly goals for members, and outreaching to the wider community.

    Facilitators: Manee Burcia, M.K. Veniegas and Sha Wheeler

    Info/access: maburcia@ucsc.edumveniega@ucsc.edu, qwheeler@ucsc.edu

  • Blender: Fridays 5:30 - 7:30 pm

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    We are a safe space community made up of all variations under the Trans* rainbow and Allies. Whether you are actively out, just recently questioning, or are simply looking for a community, we are the place for you. Come join us for practical advice on transitioning or coming out; watch a movie with us; or plot to take over the world. It’s all up to you!
    So, whether you are: Transgender, Intersex, Two Spirit, Genderqueer, Questioning, an Ally… or something we haven’t yet heard about We are talking to you! Hope to see all you lovely people there!

    Info/access: ucsc.blender@gmail.com


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    Theta Pi Sigma (formally known as Delta Lambda Psi) is an all-inclusive queer Greek organization founded at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2005. In 2011, Theta Pi Sigma became a national organization when it formed a beta chapter at Northeastern Illinois University.

    The purpose and objective of Theta Pi Sigma is to strengthen Greek life by providing a vehicle for positive leadership, change, and growth in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, and ally community. It is our intention to provide further opportunity to obtain a well-rounded educational experience by offering leadership skills and the atmosphere needed to succeed academically, socially, and culturally.

    Rushing
    This year, Theta Pi Sigma is hosting rush week during Fall and Winter quarter. Rush is a week-long series of events that allows potential pledges to experience Theta Pi Sigma on an organizational and personal level. If selected, you may become a pledge and eventually a member.

    Fall 2013 Rush is the third week of school, from October 7th to the 11th. All events start at 7:30PM in the Quarry Plaza. We look forward to seeing you then!

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