Fall 2016, Week 2
UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center
Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm & Friday 8am-4:30pm
858-822-3493 |  rainbow@ucsd.edu | lgbt.ucsd.edu 
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"To be creating anything at all... is an act of resistance in a world that silences so many." 
~Saba Taj, 
queer Muslim femme 
mixed-media visual artist 

Save the date for the upcoming events at the RC! 

Queer & Trans Chicanx Latinx Mixer
Thurs, October 13th | 12-1:30pm|  LGBTRC

Join us at the LGBT Resource Center for a Queer & Trans Chicanx and Latinx Mixer. Come meet other Queer and Trans Raza on campus. Open to students, staff, and faculty. Refreshments provided.  

If you require accommodations to fully access the event, please contact us at 858.822.3493 or rainbow@ucsd.edu 

Volunteer Training and Orientation
Friday, October 14th, 2016
11:00am-1:00pm |LGBT RC  Conference Room

Would you like to get more involved with the LGBT community here on campus? Come by and learn about an opportunity for leadership, involvement, and community!

For more info stop by the RC's front desk or email rainbow@ucsd.edu  

Welcome Scholarship Winners

Are there any types of events that you'd like to see from the LGBT Resource Center?

Lauren: I don't know if it's already something that's planned, but I would love to have a fun movie night! I think But I'm a Cheerleader is still on Netflix :)

Kayla: I don't know specifically but I would love events that are very interactive. I think it would be great to meet more people in the community.

What are you most excited for about college?

Lauren: I'm looking forward to becoming more independent and forming lasting friendships, as well as pursuing my education and future career path. I guess that's not really one main thing, but I'm excited for everything!

Kayla: There's just so much but I really am excited about new people. I'm also excited to learn and get started on my future and education.

Meet our $500 Welcome Scholarship winners from Q Camp!

How was your Q Camp experience and what does it mean for you as one of your first experiences here at UCSD?

Lauren: It was amazing! I'd never seen that many LGBT+ classmates in one place before. Back in high school, the GSA I started was shut down because we didn't have enough members, so it was incredibly comforting and reassuring to see so many members of the community come to a school event (and those were just the new students!)

Kayla: It was a really good experience where I was able to meet like minded people. I'm very glad it was one of my first UCSD experiences because it showed me a very safe accepting campus.

How do you feel you will get involved with the LGBT community on this campus?

Lauren: I'm very busy this quarter, but I hope to volunteer with LGBT+ housing events or the resource center as soon as I can. Right now, I'm attending as many events as possible and making a lot of new friends.

Kayla: I am hoping to volunteer and intern at the center! I was the Youth president of PFLAG in my community, a support group for LGBT adults and families, so I'm hoping to get involved here too.

What do you look forward to seeing in our community?

Lauren: I look forward to an accepting environment and many more educational and fun events. Everyone and everything have been amazing so far.

Kayla: I am hoping to see more allies and acceptance from the general UCSD community. We also have a long way to go, especially with transgender issues, but we are getting places.


All of Us or None of Us: Intersectionality & Allyship 

All of Us or None of Us: Intersectionality & Allyship 
Thursday, October 6, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room


 Kim Katrin Milan, award-winning educator, activist, writer and artist.
Seating is limited, so RSVP at:

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

This presentation explores multiple intersections of identity within the LGBTQ community-including race, gender and ability-as powerful sites of community organizing. Milan approaches activism as an important agent for changing systems and examines how diverse groups have different bases of accountability and issues they mobilize around. By establishing a shared language and deconstructing systems of oppression, Milan emphasizes the importance of sustainability and self-care. Drawing on her background as the daughter of a librarian and one of the owners of the oldest LGBT bookstore in the world, Milan addresses the cultural shifts made by Queer and Trans folks, using current social media-based examples. Attendees will gain a solid foundation for understanding the experiences of others, and tangible strategies for solidarity and how to act in allyship.

Kim Katrin Milan is a queer, multi-racial womyn of color, and the co-founder and Executive Director of The People Project, a movement of queer and trans folks of color and allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, art activism and collaboration. She has ten years of local and international community development experience, and recently hosted Laverne Cox at "Supporting Our Youth," a dialogue for LGBTQ youth. Kim also engages in community-based healing initiatives including teaching Queer and Brown Girls Yoga, and retreats for femme-identified Folks of Colour and Indigenous Folks. She is also one of the owners of the Glad Day Book Shop, the oldest LGBT bookstore in the world.

LGBTQ History Month is an annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, as well as the history of the gay rights movement. Alongside Milan's lecture, the Library will feature an art wall with posters of queer activists of color, works by LGBTQ poets of color from the Archive for New Poetry will be on display, and recent books on the diverse intersections of identity within the LGBTQ community will be available for check out. The exhibit runs from October 1 -November 3, 2016 on the second (main) floor of the Geisel Library building in the East Wing.

This event is proudly sponsored by:
UC San Diego Library, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Black Studies Project, the Cross Cultural Center, the Critical Gender Studies Program, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the Institute for Arts and Humanities, the LGBT Resource Center, and the Women's Center.

For more information, contact Alanna Aiko Moore at (858) 822-5918 or aamoore@ucsd.edu.
Community Groups

The Healing Journey for Trans Folks
Thursday, October 13th, 2016
3:30-4:50pm |Women's  Center, Small Meeting Room

Calling for all folks (Undergraduates , Graduates, Staff and Faculty) who identify along the Trans spectrum, to come connect in a three part series program space that is validating, intentionally building community, while also holding space to explore and share what each individual healing journey looks likes navigating a cis-normative world.

The first program of the series is intended to create an uplifting, light, and validating space for folks to come and share space with other Trans identifying folks, and just get to know one another, while beginning discussion on what does healing looking like for each individual and as a community?

This is a closed space for folks who identify along the trans spectrum.


Men Who Love Men
Friday, October 14th, 2016
2:00-3:00pm | LGBT Resource Center Conference Room

Come by the LBGT RC for a brave space for self-identified men who love men to explore the intersection and issues of masculinity and sexuality.


Apply for T*Camp SoCal 2017

T*Camp SoCal 2017

SoCal T*Camp brings together transgender, genderqueer and gender-questioning college students for an intercampus retreat January 6-8, 2017. Both undergraduates and graduates who are currently enrolled are welcome to apply.
The deadline to apply is October 30. You will be notified in November about your application status.
T*Camp is an amazing way to make connections, go deep into one's gender identity and intersecting identities, and build community. Check out the T*Camp video and hear directly from Tcampers about their experiences: https://youtu.be/0I2iInPhzzU
UC San Diego Students that are accepted will get fees covered.

Questions about T*Camp may be directed to  nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu.

LGBT Resource Center Affiliate Program

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
For more Program info click here
Click here to access an Application

LGBTQIA+ Leaders for 2016-2017

We're creating a community roster of LGBTQIA+ student leaders on campus to keep the community better updated of resources and opportunities. You have the option for your information to remain internal - for the LGBT Resource Center Professional Staff to be able to contact you regarding opportunities OR for it to be public- to be listed on our website for peers and community to know who our student leaders are.

Submit your info  here.  F or questions, contact Maribel Gomez at  mpgomez@ucsd.edu.
Campus Community Centers

Rainbow Newsletter submissions: 

If you would like to submit relevant events to be featured in the newsletter, please email rainbow@ucsd.edu.
Meet the LGBTQ Rockstar Engineers!

Meet Dr. Michael Todd, a Professor of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego!

"Mentoring (even peer-to-peer mentoring) is the best way to navigate the challenges presented by a difficult curriculum, compounded by the difficult views on many LGBTQ issues that still pervade society. While everyone must have his/her/their own journey of self-expression, I would tell LGTBQ STEM students that there is not only strength but also comfort in numbers; talk to visible mentors, out faculty, other out students...Network through all available channels to find your empowerment." 

Learn more about being in the LGBT community and engineering here!

This week at the RC:

Community Support Groups

Coming Out Group

Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm

Small Meeting 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, family/cultural issues, excitement and celebration with regard to coming out. The group is open to new members the first 3 meetings of each quarter and then closes to maintain safe space. First Fall  Meeting is Tuesday, September 27th


For more info, please contact Cat Thompson at cathompson@ucsd.edu  or Agustin Orozco at  



The Coming Out Group is open for the first 3 weeks of each quarter and closes after for safety.

Men's Relationship Forum

Weeks 2-10 (Fall, Winter & Spring Quarters)
Mondays, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Small Meeting Room | Women's Center 

Join us for conversations about our experiences as gay men, and connect with other gay men on campus.
This group addresses relationships, sexual health, community building and more.

For more information please contact:
Greg Koch at gkoch@ucsd.edu

Community Classifieds
Frat parties mocking Black History Month, homophobic slurs, anti-Mexican graffiti on campus, and sexual harassment...these reoccurring events affect ALL students, underrepresented or not, and demonstrate the need for a conversation about student experiences related to the campus climate at UC San Diego.  Join the conversation and submit your creative work!

The UC San Diego Library is creating a "living archive" as an alternative way to highlight awareness, provide a space for dialogue, and preserve and document events related to UC San Diego history. A  living archive is a collection of materials presented in a way that allows for the expression, exhibition, documentation, and preservation of a sentiment or movement in a particular community.  This type of "archiving" is "living" because it is constantly updated with the current climate and consists of all manner of expression from documents of the past, to creative expression through art, to real-time feedback of the current period.

We want YOU to be a part of the Living Archive.  What do you have to say or express about the current climate at UCSD?   

Information on the project and how to submit work is here:  http://lib.ucsd.edu/howucit 
The physical exhibit will run from February 1 - March 31, 2016 in Geisel Library, with a permanent online collection of submissions.  Deadline for submissions is November 30th and you must be enrolled as a current UCSD student.  Paintings, drawings, collages, prints, sculptures, photographs, performance art, written work, video or film are welcome! 
For questions or more information, contact Tamara Rhodes,  tlrhodes@ucsd.edu.