Week 5, Spring 2016
UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center
Mon-Thurs: 8am-7pm. Fri: 8am-4:30pm
858-822-3493 |  rainbow@ucsd.edu | lgbt.ucsd.edu 
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"The political writer, then is the ultimate optimist, believing people are capable of change and using words as one way to try and penetrate the privatism of our lives." 

~Cherrie L. Moraga

  April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of  SAAM is to raise awareness of sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Check out the SAAM 2016 Events calendar for all the events.   
Upcoming at the Center


Aces Group: Open Meeting  
Mondays | 5pm
LGBT Resource Center

Aces Group will be hosting meetings this Spring Quarter on Mondays at 5PM in the RC's  Conference Room.

For more information you can email jumpingovertherainbow@googlemail.com

Trans Group Discussion
Friday, 2-4pm | Odd Weeks
LGBT RC Conference Room

The Trans Group is an intern-moderated gathering for transgender-identified individuals to have a designation place that is exclusively for trans people. It's a closed space. The new hours will allow for longer meetings, with more time to deeply delve into discussions or activities. 

Rainbow Graduation
June 4th, 2016 | 4-6pm
Faculty Club

Please join the UC San Diego LGBT community as we come together to honor the students who are graduating, our volunteers, our scholarship recipients and all who have impacted our community over the last year.

The event serves as the formal induction of the graduates into the family of the UC San Diego LGBT Alumni. Although many people do get dressed up for the event, it tends to be a queer little get together, with all the trappings of our community, so be yourself.

If you are graduating, please complete this form. If you have questions, please contact Shaun Travers at stravers@ucsd.edu.


LGBT RC Open for Submissions!

Interested in displaying your art at the LGBT Resource Center?  We're open to any medium, from paintings, doodles, prints, poetry, stories, zines, comics, film, animation, music, to 3-D art pieces. Be sure to keep the values of our space in mind when submitting your art work: Family, Community, Respect, and Social Justice.  
Contact Art and Activism Intern Fri Garcia at frigarcia95@gmail.com.
Keep in mind displaying some of these may require creativity; discuss with Fri to figure out how to best display it.
Campus Community Center Events

Denim Day Tabling
April 27th, 2016 | 11am-2:30pm
Library Walk

Join the Women's Center on Library Walk to learn more about Denim Day and make your pledge to help end victim blaming. Show your support by wearing your denim!

Breather Series: Therapy Fluffies

April 28th, 2016 | 6:30-7:30pm
Cross-Cultural Center ArtSpace

Take a breather and de-stress by petting and playing with some adorable fluffies! This program is in collaboration with UCSD's The Zone and Love on a Leash Organization. For more info contact: Violeta Gonzales at  violetag@ucsd.edu.

"All the Difference" Screening
May 2nd, 2016 | 6:30pm
Cross-Cultural Center

Come join in watching a screening of the PBS film "All the Difference" set to be aired in the fall of 2016. The film chronicles the five year journey of two Chicago teens. One chooses to go to a predominantly white institution and the other to a HBCU. 

Week 6 Career Chats: Developing a Plan for Your Summer

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016
1:00pm-2:00pm | Women's Center
3:00pm-4:00pm | Raza Resource Centro

Wednesday May 4th, 2016
10:00am-11:00am | Cross-Cultural Center
1:00pm-2:00pm | Black Resource Center
1:30pm-2:30pm | LGBT Resource Center

Intergenerational Queer/Trans of Color Mixer
May 4th, 2016 | 1:30-3:00pm
Cross-Cultural Center Communidad Room

QTPOC's We Are Family Retention Program and the Critical Gender Studies Program presents an intergenerational mixer space open to faculty, staff, grad students, and undergrads who identify as queer and or trans people of color. Refreshments provided.

RSVP here. For questions, contact Sandra at qtpocwearefamilyretention@gmail.com

Life Skills Series: The Power of No
May 4th, 2016 | 12-1pm
Women's Center

It can be challenging to say no to friends, family, and others close to us. This is especially true for women. Join us for an interactive workshop on learning to say no, and how to put ourselves first. Lunch provided.

Dining and Dialogue: Feminist Parenting

May 5th, 2016 | 6-8pm
Women's Center

Come enjoy some dinner and have a discussion about ways in which patriarchy appears in family structures. We will evaluate and identify alternatives to the role parents play in perpetuating harmful ideas. Dinner will be served. 

Other Events and Resources... 

Grad Student Demographic Surveys

A collective of UCSD grads have created these surveys in an attempt to make your experiences, issues, ideas and needs heard by both fellow grads and the UCSD staff.
Please help offer an understanding of the UCSD graduate experience and campus climate through your responses regarding issues you face on campus, specifically as it relates to racial and/or gender identity. Your responses will help make a clear case for institutional reflection and change.

There is a survey for women here and one for racial minorities here. For questions, contact vpdiversity@gsa.ucsd.edu

Community Policing Town Hall
April 28th, 2016 | 5:00-8:30pm

Porter's Pub

The interactions between the police and the communities they serve great concern. The focus of this town hall will be to discuss how perceptions of both police and the policed on campus prevent the trust and communication which are necessary for a healthy space. Another aim of this event is to dedicate time and thought to envisioning what community policing should look like on campus.
It is our hope that we will break out of the crisis-mode/complacency cycle towards a more proactive and effective community policing (CP) strategy. Our suggestions will be implemented in UCSD PD training and included in a report to the administration. 

Refreshments will be provided. 

The Latino/a LGBT Experience
April 29th, 2016 | 12-1pm
University Center Conference Room 111A

Come hear four fascinating LGBT Latino/a professionals talk about their experiences being part of these two communities, and how that intersection of identity has impacted them. It's sure to be an interesting panel. 

The panelists will be Nicolette Ibarra, Trans Activist; Fernando Lopez, Director of Operations at San Diego Pride; Octavio Ochoa, UCSD Staff, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry; and Father Dermot Rodgers, an openly gay Roman Catholic Priest. 

Please say here if you intend to come. 

Apply to be a Peer Leader!
Deadline: May 1st, 2016 @10am

The Chancellor's Associates Scholar's Program is looking for Peer Leaders! Peer Leaders provide support related to academic, personal, and sociocultural issues affecting CASP students' college transition. Their role is to foster a welcoming, safe, and inclusive community and encourage student development. It's a paid role.

Check out more info here.

Queer and Asian Conference - In(di)visible

April 29th - May 1st, 2016

In(di)visible will be hosted at the University of California, Berkeley, from Friday April 29th to Sunday May 1st, 2016. Conference admission is open to any individual who expresses interest in the issues or the community; we encourage queer Asians and our allies from everywhere to come attend. Plus, the entire conference - registration, volunteer housing, keynote speakers, workshops, and two included meals - is completely free.

Register here. If you are interested in performing, click here. If you would like to volunteer, click here. For questions, email qaconference@gmail.com

QTPOC Conference: "QTPOC Mixtape"
April 29th - May 1st, 2016
UC Berkeley

In this conference, we hope to create a space where Queer and Trans communities of color are able to share knowledge, engage in critical dialogue, and celebrate our lived experiences. The theme "QTPOC Mixtape" reflects the reality that different lives are coming together, and rather than homogeneity, we strive for a harmonious medley. combining the tracks of our lives. 

Cost: $10. Register here. Propose a workshop here. Questions? Contact qtpocc.berkeley@gmail.com.


Dining Out for Life® San Diego
April 28th, 2016 

 On Thursday, April 28, 2016, more than 100 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in San Diego will donate 25-100% of sales to The Center's HIV/AIDS services and prevention program. Grab a friend and go out to eat; you can get breakfast, lunch, brunch, coffee, afternoon tea, cocktails, or second supper.  The list of restaurants is available here

For more information, contact Ian Johnson at ijohnson@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 x247 or Tyler Renner at trenner@thecentersd.org or 619-692-2077 x209.

Book Presentation and Signing
May 3rd, 2016 | 3:00-4:30pm
Cross-Cultural Center

Dr. Evelyn Ibatan Rodriguez will be present to celebrate her new book, Celebrating Dubutantes and Quinceañeras: Coming of Age in American Ethnic Communities. A limited supply of books are available for purchase. Dr. Rodriguez is an Associate Professor for the University of San Francisco's Department of Sociology, and the only tenured Filipina at the university. 


CGS Summer Session Classes

This summer, several courses are being offered through the Critical Gender Studies department.

Summer Session 1: 
CGS 104 - Advanced Topics: Transfeminism and/as Women of Color Feminism
CGS 105 - Queer Theory

Summer Session 2:
CGS 2A - Intro to CGS: Social Movements
CGS 113 - Gender & Sexuality in the Arts: Self-Representation & Photography

Check out the class details here.

Stonewall Athlete Awards
May 20th, 2016 | 6-9pm
Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego

Join San Diego Pride for the first annual Stonewall Athlete Awards Reception as part of our OUT at the Park weekend! Mix and mingle with local and regional athletes! Join us for live music, a performance by Keith London, food, drinks and dancing with LGBTQ+ athletes.

Check out the Facebook event here and buy your tickets here!
OUT at the Park
May 21st, 2016 | 7:10pm
Petco Park, 1000 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Join thousands of people for a rainbow-filled event, taking over Petco Park for a night. All seats with come with an Official Pride Night Rally Towel, which is the most massively useful thing any queer interstellar hitchhiker can carry. 

Check out the Facebook event here and buy your tickets here!

HIV/AIDS Memorial Benefit Concert 

Aug. 4th, 2016 | 6-10pm | 206 Marina Park Way 
Embarcadero Marina Park South

Come to our benefit concert, hosted by San Diego's First Lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer. It will feature special guests the Fixx and the English Beat.
Spring office hours at the Center:

Study Abroad Advising with Andra Jacques  
Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30pm  
LGBT Resource Center
Andra Jacques is the Study Abroad Coordinator at UCSD. She recruits for and advises students on education abroad opportunities with a special emphasis on UCSD Global Seminars and diversity outreach.

Andra graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in International Studies with a Peace Studies concentration. During her undergrad, she studied abroad in Siracusa, Sicily and has since traveled throughout Europe, Central America and Africa. Some of her most impactful experiences abroad have been performing on-site coordination for a faculty-led program for two summers in rural Akatsi, Ghana.

Career Meet-Ups
Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30pm  
LGBT Resource Center
Sonia Honne-Gonzalez, the Career Services Center Liaison to the Campus Community Centers, will be at the LGBT Resource center on Wednesdays to offer career advice. Come in and connect with Sonia regarding career readiness, job search strategies, professional development, professional planning, and/or resume review!
For more information email: cservices@ucsd.edu
Rainbow Newsletter submissions: 

If you would like to submit relevant events to be featured in the newsletter, please email rainbow@ucsd.edu.
last week at the RC:
Community Classifieds
Éxito! Latino Cancer Training

Éxito! will select 25 master's-level students and professionals-like Jimenez and Berrios-from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute June 6-10, 2016, in San Antonio, offering research information, tools, tips, role models and motivation to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently. 

Apply here
Beta Testers Wanted

Radbeh Ravaz, a student at SDSU, is building a projectbuild a service that connects LGBT travelers with locals from LGBT community for the purpose of creating a unique experience for people who don't want to see the usual tourist attractions, but rather to know more about the culture and locals' lives. He's looking for college students involved in the LGBT community who might want to be beta testers for this project. 

Write to radbehravaz@gmail.com
AVID Tutors Wanted

Full-time college students recruited to work tutoring middle and high school students in English, Math, Science, and/or Social Studies/History. This would happen Monday through Friday during school hours, in the Sweetwater Union High School District and the pay would be $12.63/hr. To apply, call Laura Ravelero at (619) 691-5534 for a processing appointment. There will be an application, drug testing, and evidence of enrollment as a student. For more info, call Jeanette Gonzales at (619) 600-3344.  
Healing Yoga for Trans Folks and Friends
Saturdays | 10:45am
3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103 

This class is free and open to Trans folks and allies. Class begins at 10:45 and is taught by Christine Taylor, who has generously donated her time. Healing Yoga teachings are derived from the self-empowering practices of yoga, utilizing a wide range of tools to help enhance well-being and health. For more information contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org.

Academic Writers on LGBTQ Topics Needed

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans at Risk: Problems and Solutions will be a 3-volume reference on LGBTQI history, politics, law, and culture in the US. Each contributor will write an essay of around 8,000 words on their choice of topics. This project is open to all writers.

For more information, check out the website or contact Chuck Stewart at
Trans* Studies:  an international transdisciplinary conference on gender, embodiment, and sexuality
Sept. 7-10th, 2016

This is an academic conference for any work relating to transgender issues, showcasing work in various fields. there will be panels and opportunities to meet in small groups. Submissions and proposals are welcome; please first submit 250 abstracts of proposed papers as well as a one-paragraph author's biography.

By Feb 15th, send materials to
HIV Discussion Group
Thursdays, 6-8pm
Mercy Gardens
540 Lewis Street
San Diego, CA 92103

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

Topics include living with HIV,
healthy relationships, sexual health, self esteem, normalizing conversations about sex, and self-disclosure (telling family, friends, and partners). 

Nominate 2017 LGBT History Month Icons

Nominated LGBT Icons may be living or dead, national or international, and are selected based on one or more of the following criteria: a) They have distinguished themselves in their field of endeavor, b) the nominee is a national hero, and c) they have made a significant contribution to LGBT civil rights

Submit your nominee here.
Young Women's Discussion Group
Third Tuesday of each month

3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103 

This group is aimed at young women ages 18-30. We will discuss issues relevant such as politics, academics, careers, relationships, social media, pop culture, activism and ways to be involved in the LGBT community. We hope to provide a safe and comfortable place to meet and share experiences as members of the LGBT community.
It meets in The LGBT Center's library.
New Free App to Find LGBT Roommates: TUTUroomii

A San Diego team recently launched a new iOS app called TUTUroomii. This app is designed to help LGBTQ+ young people and allies find ideal roommates in their own community. This app is available in the App Store. 

For questions, check out tuturoomii.com or email us at contactus@tuturoomii.com

Survey of LGBTQ Military Personnel

A doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma is writing a dissertation on the identity process of LGBTQ people who have served in the U.S. military. They're interested in reaching LGBTQ U.S. military personnel, and heterosexual/cisgender
personnel who had a personal or professional relationship with an LGBTQ military service person (someone to whom an LGBTQ  service member disclosed their sexual or gender identity). 

Contact Bobbi Van Gilder at bobbi.vangilder@ou.edu or at (562) 714-5405.