Week 1, Spring 2016
UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center
Mon-Thurs: 8am-7pm. Fri: 8am-4:30pm
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"I said to the sun, 'Tell me about the big bang.' The sun said, 'it hurts to become.'" 
~Andrea Gibson
Spring QCamp is Today!

Spring QCamp 
March 30th, 2016 | 5-7pm
Huerta/Vera Cruz Room

Come reconnect with friends, enjoy yummy treats, and learn about different opportunities and events for the LGBTQIA+ community here at UCSD
Save the date:
Trans Day of Empowerment!
Trans Day of Empowerment  
Friday April 8, 2016 
Film Screening 12:00-1:00PM | LGBT Resource Center

Join us for a film screening in celebration of Trans Day of Empowerment!
Make sure to also check out the RC's Art Gallery Walls and Library Display as they  will be featuring Trans Artists and their amazing works! 

Upcoming Events at the Center

Queer Classes at the Center

Two Critical Gender Studies classes will be meeting in the LGBT RC this quarter - check them out! 

CGS 87: Intro to LGBTQ Studies. Professor David Serlin, Tues, 11-1pm.

This seminar will introduce students to important historical discussions and theoretical frameworks that have been central to the development of LGBTQ studies over the past five decades.

CGS 87: Who Cares? Professor Joseph Hankins, Tues, 3:30-4:30pm.  

When does the pain of another matter to us? In this seminar we will discuss the labor of caring for different kinds of people and things. What kind of politics might be built out of compassion?

Community Call for Art/Logo for Out & Proud Week
Submission Deadline: April 1st

Calling all artists! This year's Out & Proud week's theme is "Beyond The Rainbow: More Than Single Issue Lives" and we're looking to showcase art created by our community. We're taking submissions for the Logo for Out & Proud Week. This will be featured in our bookmarks, buttons, and Out and Proud Week marketing.

To submit, send digital file to mpgomez@ucsd.edu. Include your name, contact information, and a short artist statement.


UC San Diego's Out and Proud Week Call for Programs

Submission Deadline: Friday April 1st
Out and Proud Week Takes Place April 18-22, 2016

Out and Proud Week presents the largest opportunity for community visibility on the UC San Diego campus. It is a week-long group celebration and private reflection on the achievements of LGBT-identified students, staff, and faculty and our allies. It is also a time for public awareness and discussion of current LGBT issues on the state and national levels.
Please submit program proposal to be listed in our Out and Proud Week Calendar. Submission form here.

Affiliate Program
Deadline: April 8th, 2016

Is your organization or group interested in partnering with the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center? Are you looking to start your own LGBTQIA+ org? Need a meeting space? Looking for leadership opportunities? Check out our Affiliate Program! The UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center Affiliate Program has a variety of perks and opportunities for your organization. Check out our website for the application and more details. For questions contact mpgomez@ucsd.edu

Program info here. Application here.

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.
Faculty Highlight

Jesse Jokerst 
Assistant Professor of NanoEngineering

Professor Jesse Jokerst is a new faculty member, who just came here in 2015 from working at Stanford. He's happy here - he loves the space, loves seeing the ocean right nearby and snowcapped mountains in the distance, and this job allows him to work in a lab instead of conducting solo research and teach undergraduates as well. Currently, Jokerst does most of his work on imaging, often working on disease-related issues. 

"The UCs are a tremendous opportunity for social mobility," Jokerst says. "It's a good feeling to be part of that." He believes that a person's time at college is incredibly important, and those years can be the time where you not only learn skills, but forge friendships that will last for the rest of your life.  Jokerst received his undergraduate degree at Truman State University and his PhD in Chemistry from UT Austin.

Jokerst says that as a student, he didn't know any LGBT faculty in engineering, and that was a gap in his life that at times made it difficult to picture what his life would look like in the field. He hopes to serve as a role model in that respect here. 

"I think the LGBT community has always embraced creativity," Jokerst says. He likes being around new ideas, exciting ideas, and science is also about pushing forward at the boundaries of what we currently know. He thinks that maintaining creativity and fresh ideas is particularly important as one gets older, and being part of the LGBT community continues to be influential in that respect.

For students, he suggests that students make the most of their time on campus, taking full advantage of the opportunities available. And he suggests getting involved in student organizations, which is a powerful way to learn, make connections with other people, and be a part of something larger than yourself. "And of course, study hard," he adds with a laugh. "I have to say that." 

Campus Community Center Events

Toddler CPR & Safety Class
March 31st, 2016 | 12-1pm
Women's Center Conference Room

This is an introductory class led by a Recreation Safety Class Coordinator. In this class you will learn lifesaving skills, including wow to recognize an emergency, how to perform CPR and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and how to provide care for a choking victim.  You will also be introduced to basic first aid.

Email Damare Kinley at  wcprograms@ucsd.edu to enroll. The class is $5, payable after by check once you have received confirmation.

Flexin' My Expression Part II
April 8th, 2016 | 8:30-10:30pm 
Multipurpose Room

In this second installment of Flexin' My Expression, the BRC welcomes everyone back with a night full of showcasing the talent here in the UCSD community. 

If you are coming to the event or would like to perform, please RSVP here
Other Events and Resources... 

Mentors Wanted
Deadline: March 31st, 0216

The UC San Diego Mentorship program is in search of seasoned career
employees who are willing to mentor fellow employees for six months.
Mentors meet with their mentees for 1 hour a month. Mentors and mentees
are matched by mutual interest, career goals, and valued attributes.

Register here or contact at (858) 822-2633 

Students Against Mass Incarceration GBM
Tuesdays, 8-9pm all of Spring Quarter
Cross-Cultural Center Conference Room

Students Against Mass Incarceration will be meeting this Spring Quarter each Tuesday! They will be planning events for Spring quarter and making plans for SAMI's future including next year's board! 

If you're interested in countering mass incarceration or would like more info, contact   sami.ucsd@gmail.com or check out the SAMI Facebook page

Transgender Day of Empowerment
April 8th, 2016 | 6-9pm
3909 Centre St, San Diego, in the auditorium

Join the Center in celebrating the rich diversity of San Diego's transgender community! The program this year is youth-focused, and will include entertainment, refreshment, speakers, awards, and the announcement of the 2nd annual Tracie Jada O'Brien Transgender Student Scholarship recipients! The event is free and welcomes all comers. 

Queer Organizing in Palestine Today
April 19th, 2016
Workshop: 1:30-3:30pm @ LGBT RC
Lecture: 6-9pm @ Great Hall of ERC

Haneen Maikey, Co-founder and Executive Director of alQaws, the national LGBTQ Palestinian organization, is coming to lead a discussion 
on how to challenge oppressive systems and offer creative strategies for leading real change in how Palestinian society perceives sexual and gender diversity issues. The program is part of the 2016 Nicholas Papadopoulos Endowed Lecture in Gay and Lesbian Studies, and is co-sponsored by the UCSD Critical Gender Studies Program and the Global Forum at I-House. 

Register for the workshop here and check out the lecture here

Check out the Chippr App

Chippr: A LGBT social network designed for people to engage, confess, connect and discover the LGBT community around them.

Made by your fellow UCSD student!

Sign up for San Diego exclusive beta access today.

Check out Chippr at www.chipprapp.com

3rd Annual BlaqOUT Conference
April 8-9, 2016
University of California, Riverside

We cordially invite all folks who self identify as Black/AfricanAmerican 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.
If you are an ally to our communities, we encourage you to attend the QPOC Conference on April 29 - May 1 at the University of California, Berkeley. The QPOC Conference is open to all individuals.
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.

Check out the website here, or Email blaqoutucr@gmail.com or email LGBT Resource Center Program Coordinator Toi  Thibodeaux at toi.thibodeaux@ucr.edu for questions. 

Applications will be online in January - apply by March 21st.

Queerjama at Cal State San Marcos

April 12th, 2016 | 6-10pm
LGBTQA Center (USU 3100) at CSUSM

Go to a neighboring university for a night of fun; make new friends, and enjoy snacks and queer trivia games! Wear your pajamas to get in the spirit of things

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 are interested in putting on a workshop, 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.

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!

TransJustice Fellowship Opportunity
Deadline: April 3rd, 2016

TransJustice, a program run by the Audre Lorde Project, is looking for a Werk it Out Fellow as part of their program for trans and gender nonconforming people of color to build leadership and support the movement building and organizing work of the program. This is a paid position, based in the New York Area. An important part of the position includes planning the Trans Day of Action.

There is a more in-depth description of the fellowship here, and the application is here. For 
Office hours at the Center:

Career Meet-Ups
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00pm 
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.
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.