Week 8, Fall 2015
UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center
Mon-Thurs: 8am-9pm. Fri: 8am-4:30pm
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The Center will be closed next week on
Thursday 11/26 and Friday 11/27 

"My only advice is that we recognize that as a community we are very strong, and as individuals we are also very strong. Do not lose your strength, do not let anyone tell you that you can't be who you want to be. As long as you follow your heart, as long as you don't harm yourself or anyone in your process, whatever this may be... understand that as an individual you are unique, and your uniqueness is what ensures your place in this world."  -Bamby Salcedo 

This week at the Center


Trans Day of Remembrance: Community Support 
Nov 18th | 5-7pm | LGBT Resource Center Conference Room
Join us for a program discussing Trans Day of Remembrance, the impact of violence targeting our Trans community, and brainstorming ways for community support during difficult times. We'll have hands on activities to support emotional and spiritual wellness including making herbal tea syrups, learning about stones & crystals in addition to learning about campus and community resources. Materials will  be provided.
Trans Day of Remembrance community altar
Nov 20th | 12-2pm | Library Walk
Stop by library walk for a Trans Day of Remembrance community altar space to honor members of our Trans community who have died or been impacted by anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. Community is encouraged to bring photos and write love notes.

The LGBT Resource Center is committed to making our space accessible for anyone that enters our communities' programs, events, and space. If you require specific accommodations, please contact Maribel Gomez at mpgomez@ucsd.edu or (858) 822-3493. 
Upcoming events at the Center
  Volunteer Opportunity! 

World AIDS Day Work Party
Nov. 19th | 3pm-6pm
2nd Floor - Student Health Service Conference Room

Make Condom Roses for World AIDS Day! 

UC San Diego will honor World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1st, and we need your help to make it a success!! Come join us as we make condom roses, dental dam lilies, and prepare red ribbons and information sheets to pass out before and on the day of the event! They are easy to make and we have all the supplies. Take a break, volunteer for 1, 2 or all three hours and do something to make a difference around HIV /AIDS!

Free pizza will be provided! 

Q-Class List is Out

Winter Q-Class List

Every quarter, the LGBT Resource Center complies a list of LGBT-related courses that will be offered. The Winter 2016 Q-Class course list is now available for your perusal as you sign up for classes. Check it out here
Student Projects
Preuss Interns Art Display

Feminism for All Art Piece
by Melanie Gonzales and Marilyn Rueda

This art piece was done by our high school interns. In their own words "This art piece is a reflection of the biggest take away that we had from our time here at the center. This is our interpretation of feminism. The different colors show intersectionalism. The paint tube represents our pre-researched, "plain" view of feminism and how many people see it as one thing, one perspective. Our art piece shows the idea of intersectionalism; the factors that contribute to one's personal feminist views. The variety of colors show that each view is different, cannot be exactly the same to another person's. We were inspired to create thus piece because we both have feminist views that gace been shaped differently. Our personal views are that all gender identities should be treated with equity and that they should all be empowered."

Come see their work hanging in the conference room!

Student Intern Art Display

There's No More Time to Be Waiting
by Kailiokaƍhialehua Kapualehuaulaokaāina Kapalehua ("Lehua")

This beautiful and powerful art piece was created by our  Speaker's Bureau and Social Justice  Education Intern. 

This piece brings visibility to the transmisogynistic violence that transwomxn of color and assigned-male-at-birth gender non-conforming femmes of color have to navigate. 

While at first glance it looks as though the figure pictured is running, it was in reality painting using the artist's body face down, as if dead. As the artist says "It highlights certain parts of my body that I fear are hypervisible when I perform my gender in certain ways," which runs the risk of encountering violence. 

This piece is also a call out to those who do not fully support transwomxn of color. It is a call out to mainstream feminism and white gay men, who benefit from the work of transwomxn and GNC femmes of color but fail to help them, and a call against state-sanctioned violence of their bodies. How much longer will the clock keep running? 

Come see this piece, now hanging in the family room at the LGBT Resource Center

Intern Queer Student Action Project

This is a call-out for contributions to my program "I AM: Queer Femme of Color Realness," a collection of different items all showcasing the different ways queer femme of color survive, thrive, and live their unapologetically queer femme lifestyles. Whether it be through a story you wrote documenting coming to your femme identity, an article of clothing where you feel your most femme, or a napkin with that perfect, ass-kickin', hella rad shade of lipstick kiss print on it, this is a collection of how different the queer femme identity is to everyone.
This is open to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members who identify as queer femmes of color.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact shiyloh, the Audre Lorde Programming and Facilitation Intern at ucsdfemmesofcolour@gmail.com . The google form for the collection can be found hereDigital submissions (such as for art or photographs or other means) can also be submitted to ucsdfemmesofcolour@gmail.com.

HIV Fundraiser Off-Campus

Happy Hour for Hope
Nov. 18th, 2015 6-10pm
La Bodega Gallery and Studios
2196 Logan Ave, Barrio Logan, 92113

This is a holiday fundraiser to benefit women, children, and adolescents living with HIV in the San Diego Community.  There will be a silent auction, raffles, music, and art. 

All the proceeds from the evening will go directly to families living with & affected by HIV/AIDS. Living with HIV presents many challenges for our women, children, and families. In addition to health problems, many also face economic instability, sub-standard housing, inadequate education, and domestic violence. Sadly many people continue to feel fearful of HIV and AIDS, resulting in our patients and their family members being vulnerable to stigma, rejection, and isolation. 

Admission is free with an unwrapped toy, or a $10 donation. 

For more information, see the Facebook page. For questions, email Rachel at rgasca87@gmail.com.
Office hours at the Center:

Career Meet-Ups
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm | 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.

Campus Community Centers' events...

Indigenous Studies Speakers Series presents Amy Lonetree

Nov. 18th, 2015 | 3:00-4:30pm
Cross Cultural Center Comunidad Room

Amy Lonetree is an Associate Professor at UC Santa Cruz, and the author of Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums. Lonetree will be speaking, and then there will be a discussion, including a Q & A.

Reception to follow at 4:30-5:00pm in the CCC Library. 

Film Screening "The Activist"
Nov. 18th, 2015 | 5-7pm
Cross Cultural Center

During the Wounded Knee Insurrection in 1973, two activists are arrested and maintained in custody in a sheriff's office. They meet a Nixon advisor, a lawyer, a senator, and a movie star who is an activist. Find out what happens next in this political thriller! 

Featuring Talk-back with Actress Tonantzin Carmelo.

For questions, contact nmagpusao@ucsd.edu. For special accommodations, contact Jamez Ahmad at jahmad@ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-9689.

Presentation- Foster Care System & CASA/Court Appointed Special Advocate Program 
Nov. 18th, 2015 | 12-1pm
Cross Cultural Center, Comunidad Room

Speakers will be members of the Voices for Children (VFC) Outreach Team. One will be a VFC staffer who will discuss the current plight of the foster care system, CASA program structure, and answer questions about the program's future. Additional speakers will be current CASAs who will talk about the day-to-day aspects of foster child advocacy and will share joys and challenges of CASA volunteering. VFC earned the Human Rights Campaign "All Children- All Families" seal of recognition this July for their commitment to support and serve LGBT youth

This event is co-sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center and the Staff Association Executive Board.

For questions about the event, contact Rich Belmontez at rbelmontez@ucsd.edu.

The "In" in Feminism
Nov. 19th, 2015 | 5-7pm
Cross-Cultural Center Art Space

Join us for an evening of critical dialogue and self-reflection as we discuss issues of mainstream feminism, intersectionality, and how to be more inclusive in talking about feminism. 

Free food will be provided!

For questions, contact w1la@ucsd.edu. For special accommodations, contact Jamez Ahmad at jahmad@ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-9689.

BSU Game Night

Nov. 19th, 2015 | 7-9pm
Black Legacy Mural

Come play board games and cards with the Black Student Union at their game night! It will be tons of fun and an opportunity to meet people and hang out. 

This event is put on by the BSU Retention Committee, and if you're interested in being a part of that, email Olivia and Isi at ucsdbsuretention@gmail.com. 
Campus events and resources... 

BSU Needs High School Conference Volunteers!
Nov. 21st | 8am-6pm

Come help UC San Diego's Black Student Union with their 25th annual High School Conference!

The High School Conference serves to expose underrepresented and historically disadvantaged high school students to the possibilities of higher education.This program will engage students in thought-provoking discussions regarding community, identity, and culture, and furthermore how they intersect to create the unique experiences of people color in higher education.

Register to volunteer here

9th Annual Diversity at Work Luncheon
Nov. 19th  | 11:30am-1:00pm
International Center

Join together for this work luncheon! This is a prepaid event, and tickets are $10. There will be opportunity drawings, cultural presentations, and delicious Mexican food, Asian food, and Soul Food.

This event is co-hosted by the Pan-Asian Staff Association, the Chicano/Latino Staff Association, the Black Staff Association, and the Cross-Cultural Center. 

Contact PASA members Erlina or Gloria to purchase your tickets, at esanchez@ucsd.edu and gpoon@ucsd.edu, respectively. 

"From Water Wars to Alternative Futures" An Afrofuturistic Perspective
Nov. 20th, 2015 | 7-9pm
Media Arts Center Digital Gym

There will be a Afro-futuristic clips featuring Pumzi (2009), a Kenyan Sci-Fi Short. There will also be a panel discussion with Peggy Piesche, Mohamed Abumaye, and Osinachi Ajoku.

This will be followed by a free reception. 

For more info, check out the FB event. Register here

Flexin' My Expression

Nov. 21st | 6-8pm
Price Center Forum (4th floor of Price Center) 

Come join the Black Resource Center for a night of spoken word, poetry, and other forms of creative expression! Featuring live painting by Shelley Bruce, so you don't want to miss it!

Members of San Diego State, University of San Diego, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council are welcome to attend, as the BRC is making a particular effort to cultivate community with the greater San Diego area.

RSVP to attend and/or perform here by Nov. 14th. 

MEDS Conference

Jan. 30th, 2016 | 8am-5pm
Telemedicine Building, UCSD Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy

MEDS (Medical Education for Diverse Students) is a pre-med/pre-pharmacy conference for underrepresented minority and first-generation student from UCSD and local community college. MEDS covers all components of the application process and provides a hands-on look behind the scenes at UC San Diego Schools or Medicine and Pharmacy, See the schedule at meds.ucsd.edu

Pre-meds register at regonline.com/meds2016premed. Pre-pharms register at regonline.com/med2016prepharm
Early access code: REGMEDS2016. This will be open mid-November. 

For questions, email meds@ucsd.edu

CAPS ADVANCE Workshop Series

ADVANCE is a three part psycho-educational workshop series that can be conceptualized as a "Peak Performance Personal Training Program" that focuses on creating a foundation of strategies aimed at helping students improve academic success and overall student wellness

To sign up for ADVANCE, visit the CAPS website here

African-American Studies Minor Upcoming Courses

For students who are interested in the intersection of history, culture, and the African American experience, the African American Studies Minor could be a perfect fit. 

The African American Studies Minor has a list of courses that will be coming up in the Winter and Spring that could count toward the minor, including but not limited to CGS 150: "Visuality, Sexuality and Race" and ETHN 183: "Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class."  

For further information, check out the website.  

CARE at SARC Violence Prevention Initiative

CARE at SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center) is developing a campus wide violence prevention initiative and wants student input. Are you interested in sharing your thoughts and suggestions about how students engage with the issue of preventing sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking? If so, join one of the focus groups.

Snacks will be provided.

To sign up, click  here

last week at the Center...


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Community Classifieds
Transgender Day of Remembrance Event
Nov. 20th, 2015 |  6pm

Center at Hillcrest
3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103 

Join us for our annual Transgender Day of Remembrance to remember those who we lost simply for being their authentic selves. Join us so that we may never forget. The march begins at 6 pm with program to follow at 7 pm.

For more information, check out the Facebook page

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

Thinking Gender
Deadline: Nov. 20th, 2015

Submissions are open for the graduate student research conference on the topic of Spatial Awareness, Representation, and Gendered Spaces. Submissions can include papers, posters, panels, and films, as long as they engage with the politics of gender, race, sexuality, and space. We also intend to address international and transnational encounters, and colonization and decolonization practices.

Submission guidelines are  here. Send
 submissions   here.
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.
Play "Precious Little"
Nov. 6-21st, 2015
Diversionary Theater Black Box
545 Park Blvd, San Diego

InnerMission Productions presents "Precious Little" by Madeleine George. Brodie, a gifted linguist, learns unsettling news about the baby she carries. Unable to get comfort from her girlfriend, she finds it in the two least likely sources imaginable: the elderly speaker of a vanishing language and a gorilla at the zoo. 

Buy tickets  her e.  

Young Women's Discussion Group
Dec. 15th | 7pm-8:15pm

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 every 3rd Tuesday of the month in The LGBT Center's library.

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. 
Applications for 2016 YPC Academy
Deadline: Dec. 31st, 2015

The Center at Hillcrest's YPC Academy program is accepting applications for 2016. The Academy exists to help expand the ranks of young LGBT leaders ready to serve our community through board service for a variety of agencies, not-for-profit organizations and government commissions. The 2016 class will consist of 20 candidates ages 21-40. An information session will be held at The Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6pm. 

More information here.
"Bright Half Life" at Diversionary Theater! 
Oct. 29th - Nov. 29th
4545 Park Blvd, San Diego CA 92116

From an anonymous elevator ride, through a steamy workplace romance, heartburn, children, family, skydiving and ferris wheels, Vicky and Erica's relationship is revealed through snapshot scenes ricocheting back and forth over a 40-year period. Time collapses, expands, flips and somersaults in this dynamic exploration of what comprises a life with another person. 

Call for Articles: Outside the Gender Box
Deadline: Jan. 1st, 2016

SUNY Press is collecting articles for a new anthology,Outside the Gender Box, which will be the first anthology to focus on the experiences of trans and non-binary gender students, staff, and faculty. Articles should be 5,000-7,500 words and can be research or first-person narrative.

Formatting guidelines are here. Finished articles should be sent to genny@umass.edu
Nominate 2016 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.
Opportunity to Urge Gov. Brown to support AB 959

AB 959 would ensure that sexual orientation and gender identity data would be collected along with other important demographic information used to determine state policies and funding. A petition is circulating in favor of AB 959, to increase out visibility in state policies.

You can view and sign the petition here
Lesbian Body Image Survey 

The Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville is doing a study on lesbian attitudes & feelings about your own body,gender identity and gender expression. Lesbians over 18 are eligible and $50 Amazon gift cards will be raffled for participants. The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

The survey is available  here.