Week 2, Fall 2015
UC San Diego L GBT R esource  Center
Mon-Thurs: 8am-9pm. Fri: 8am-4:30pm
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"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."  -Elie Wiesel
Congratulations Q Camp Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to Gabriel Lopez, and Ryan Balba, two Fall Q Camp participants winners of a $500 scholarship! Let's meet them!

Ryan Balba
2nd year, Warren College

Ryan is a Political Science major, still deciding on whether to double-major  in  either  Ethnic Studies or Urban Planning. Ryan believes either of the two would help prepare him for his goal: helping the impoverished and underrepresented. 

"If I could change one thing about the world," Ryan says, "I would make people more accepting."  His dream job would involve working to make systematic change on a governmental level. 

Ryan already spent last year on first year counsel and working on the UConsent campaign. He also began to come to the LGBT Resource Center near the end of last year, which is where he heard about Q Camp. His favorite part of Q Camp was learning about the Center; he believes it's critically important, particularly the visibility it provides for an often invisible community. This year, he plans to join more student groups, and be more involved with his communities.   
Gabriel Lopez
1st year, Marshall College

Gabriel is a Marine Biology major, which, he stresses, is completely different from being a general Biology Major. "We're a small department," he says, and explains that Marine Biology is tucked away in Scripps, away from the rest of Biology. "We're unique," he says. "It's nice." 

As might be expected of someone who chose to study the sea, he cares about the environment and if offered the chance to change one thing about the world, he would fix pollution, because we are irrevocably changing the planet.

Gabriel heard about Q Camp from someone he met at Summer Bridge, and he was glad to have attended. He found the most interesting part to be the history of the movement on campus. He marvels at the fact that students had to fight to get an LGBT Resource Center, it inspires him. He hopes that in his first year, he'll be able to get involved in LGBT groups and other communities that are meaningful to him.

World AIDS Day planning meetings

World AIDS Day Planning Committee
Thursday, Oct. 8th,  2:00-2:50pm | Conference Room
Thursday, Oct. 15th, 2:00-2:50pm | Student Health Services

Attention to everyone aspiring to become more involved at UCSD! Do you like supporting great causes? Do you like to plan events? Do you want to be part of one of the largest events to happen at UCSD? If so, the World AIDS Day planning committee is the place for you. Luckily, the planning committee is seeking new members to make year's World AIDS Day an event to remember! World AIDS Day is December 1, 2015.

Together we can Get to Zero: 0 new HIV infections, 0 discrimination, and 0 AIDS-related deaths.   

For more information contact stravers@ucsd.edu.

Our programs...

Trans Discussion Group | Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Trans Discussion Group is a committed and organized support and discussion group designed for trans folks, including individuals who are questioning and/or identify outside their assigned gender.  There will be weekly group meetings on trans and gender related issues, group activities and group outings!  It's a good opportunity to meet new faces and share each other's experiences. This is a closed space.

Fluid Attraction | Wednesday, 5:00-6:00pm
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.

Femmes of Colour | Thursdays, 6:00-7:00pm
This is a closed space for Femmes of Colour.

Decolonizing Queerness | Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm 
A closed group for QTPOC (queer and/or trans-people of color) to get together, create space, and foster community to (re)learn about our identities through healing, non-Western, and decolonial community practices.


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Get involved...


LGBTQIA is committed to providing safe spaces for the community.  For more information please email lgbtqia@gmail.com.
For more info, email   lgbtqia@gmail.com | facebook
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.
For more info, email: 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. First meeting tomorrow! Meet new members, play games, learn about what the upcoming year will bring.
For more info, email  ucsdqpoc@gmail.com | facebook

 The Aces Group

Want to stay connected to the Asexual community at UCSD? The Aces etc. group aims to connect members of the asexual and aromantic communities (including demisexuals, grey-aces and their allies) to discuss ace-related issues, support each other, and promote awareness. While we don't currently have regular group meetings, we encourage you to join the mailing list.

For more info,  email Spencer Jones at

Outside the Box
Thursdays, 3-4:30pm
Cross Cultural Center Tranquility Room

Outside the Box is an open dialogue and safe space for people of multi-racial/multi-ethnic and other non-dominant identities to share personal experiences and be heard.

Coming Out Group
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
Small Conference Room | Women's Center

The Coming Out group is a place to meet and gain support while discussing your sexual and/or gender identities in a confidential setting. This group is for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, or questioning folks who are coming out, considering coming out or may already be out. Topics are determined by group participants and can include stress, fear, anxiety, loneliness, excitement and celebration with regard to coming out.

For more info, please contact Cat Thompson at  cathompson@ucsd .edu or Agustin Orozco at aorozco@ucsd.edu 
The Coming Out Group is open for the first 3 weeks of each quarter and closes after for safety.  

A.S. Alliance

The mission of the Alliance Program is to train Allies to be supporters and advocates of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Trained Alliance members will provide a welcoming environment for LGBT students, faculty and staff. Alliance members welcome individuals to be open and honest about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity without fear of repercussions and endeavor to make UCSD free of sexual bias, heterosexism and homophobia. The goal of the Alliance Program is to build a visible network of advocacy at UCSD.




Career Meet-Ups
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm | LGBT RC
Sonia Honne-Gonzalez, the Career Services Center Liaison to the Campus Community Centers, will come offer career advice. Help will be offered for dealing with issues as diverse as career readiness, job search strategies, professional development, professional planning, and resume review.

For questions, consult cservices@ucsd.edu.
Community Classifieds

Gaza Steadfast: Surviving Occupation, Blockade and War Exhibit 
Oct. 7th, 2015 | 5-7pm
Cross Cultural Center, Art Space 
The Cross Cultural Center has an art exhibition featuring photos of the landscapes and people of Gaza by Gary Field. Exhibit will be on display October 1 - October 31. 
Carrie Mae Weems
Color: Real and Imagined 

Oct. 12th, 2015 | 
Price Center West Ballroom
As part of the Inclusive Excellence Speaker series, artist Carrie Mae Weems will first have a session with students to talk about art and activism, and will later give a talk to reflect on racism, sexism, classism, and how they have intertwined with her personal journey. 
Women's Center Book Club
Oct. 13, 2015 | 12-1pm
Women's Center
Join the Women's Center Book Club for a  discussion on Agatha Christie's Hallowe'en Party
Native Community Welcome Dinner
Oct. 9th, 2015 | 6:30-8:30pm
Cross Cultural Center, Comunidad Room

This is the second event of the year of specifically Native community events. This will be a lovely event to gather, and especially if you missed the first Native American Day Celebration, this will be a community event.
CGS Community Office Hours
Oct. 12th, 2015 | 1-3pm
Women's Center

Interesting in Critical Gender Studies? Considering a major or minor, or an extra course or two? This is the first of three office hours this year in which representatives from the Critical Gender Studies department will come to answer questions and chat with students.

Connect with CGS on Facebook
T*Camp Applications
Deadline Oct. 30th, 2015

SoCal T*Camp brings together trans/genderqueer and gender questioning students for an exciting intercampus retreat in January 2016. Both undergraduates and graduates who are currently enrolled are welcome to apply. The UCSD LGBT Resource Center will worth with students for whom affordability is a concern.

Register at bit.ly/tcamp16
Undocumented Student Service Center Game Night
Oct. 16th, 2015 | 6-8pm
Village West Room 15A

The Undocumented Student Service Center (USSC) is hosting a game night, open to everyone and filled with friends, fun, and free food! 
This will be a great opportunity to meet new and returning students who are part of our community, and learn about the resources available to support students. 

For more info,  click here
Queer People of Color Mixer
Oct. 16th, 2015 | 6-9pm
3909 Centre St., San Diego

T his free off-campus will be an evening of drinks, dancing, and mingling. If you're 21+, you're welcome at this event.

For more info contact Carolina Ramos at 

BSU Overnight Hosts Needed
Deadline: Nov. 30th, 2015

The Overnight Program is a chance for newly admitted students to come check out UCSD in an extensive way. The Overnight Program is run through SPACES, and one of the tracks is co-run by the BSU (Black Student Union) and BRC (Black Resource Center). It's a three-day/two-night program; incoming students will be on-campus from April 7th-9th, 2016. This is a huge event, and needs as much help as possible.

Apply here.    
Queer Grad Coffee Hour
Oct 20th, 2015 | 3-4pm
LGBT Resource Center

Are you a Queer Graduate Student? Want to connect and meet other graduate students?
Stop by the LGBT Resource Center to sip coffee and chat.

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
NACME $2500 Scholarship App
Deadline: Oct. 15th, 2015

NACME is a scholarship for under-represented Engineers. Eligibility requirements are be being an underrepresented ethnic minority, having a GPA of at least 2.8, being an engineering major, and being a full-time student.

Apply at tinyurl.com/NACME2015. For more info, contact Sophia Tsai at stsai@ucsd.edu or at (858) 534-9014.  
Immigration Law Info Session
Oct. 20th, 2015 | 12-1:30pm
Red Shoe Room, Price Center

MiRA (Migrants Rights Awareness), an undocumented student organization at UCSD, is hosting an info session to give an overview of the UC center services, and talk about the ins and outs of immigration law.
Duberman-Zal Fellowship
 $2,500 Graduate Award
Deadline: Nov. 15th, 2015

The Duberman-Zal Fellowship Award is granted to a graduate student,  independent scholar, or an adjunct from any country doing scholarly research on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) experience.

For more  info, visit the website
Alan Turing Memorial
$10,000 Scholarship
Deadline Oct. 28th, 2015

The new Alan Turing Memorial Scholarship is for undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science or Computer Engineering who are active in supporting the LGBT community.

Apply here. For further questions contact Becky Obayashi at robayashi@ucsd.edu or Eseban Marquez at  ehmarquez@ucsd.edu.
LGB Attitudes & Experiences Survey

A team from the University of Tennessee is conducting an empirical study about the attitudes and lived experiences, and invites anyone over 18 who experiences some same-gender attraction to participate. It should take approximately 25-35 minutes. There will be a raffle for $20 Starbucks gifts cards among the participants.

The survey is available here.
OutSet Filmmaking Apps
Deadline: Oct. 16th, 2015

OutSet is the Young Filmmakers Project from LA LGBT Center and Outfest, a filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ young people between the ages of 16-24. Outset exists to provide a safe space for LBGTQ young people to tell their stories and learn the skills to bring them to life in the form of a short film.

For more info, visit the  website.
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.

Robert Giard Fellowship
$7,500 Photography Award
Deadline: Nov. 15th, 2015

The Robert Giard Fellowship Award will be awarded in support of a new or continuing project that addresses issues of sexuality, gender, or LGBTQ identity. This award is presented to an emerging, early or mid-career artist from any country working in photography and still images.

For more info, visit the website.
Hiring Student Ambassadors
Deadline: Oct. 30th, 2015

Student Ambassadors are an important part of representing UCSD to new prospective students and families. give tours, sit on panels, and participate in special events. The position begins on Jan. 9th, 2016

The position is on Port Triton. 

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