Newsletter 4/9/14


Dear GenEq Community,
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and we encourage you to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence, stalking, and dating or domestic violence.  We need to end the silence and shame.  The reality is that anyone can  be a target of violence regardless of their age, ability, class, ethnicity, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, status (marital, citizenship, and more), and other identity markers.  The interplay between a person's identities has an impact one's comfort telling someone, getting help, and/or reporting.  So, what can we do to shift to a survivor supportive culture at Cal?  This can include:

  • Educate yourself on the topic and resources.
  • Telling a survivor that it is not their fault.  Many times there is self-blame and guilt.
  • Respecting other people's boundaries - not taking advantage or pressuring them.
  • Not excusing an abuser's behavior.

Above are only a few examples, and we need to continue the conversation.  The time to talk about it is now... Share your thoughts on social media #UCBSAAM.


Christine (cici) Ambrosio
Gender Equity Resource Center

Special Announcement!!

14th Lavender Graduation Celebration

Friday April 25, 2014

6pm - 8pm

Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave

*If you would like to as an attendee or as an audience memeber to the celebration we ask that you fill out this RSVP form so we may plan accordingly:

Spring 2014 Lavender Graduation Attendee Form

**If you would like to be a Lavender Graduation Speaker please view out annoucement below!



1. Seeking Lavender Graduation Student Speakers!

2. Berkeley’s 7th Annual Next Top Drag Performer

3. UC Berkeley Rainbow Pride Shirt is Back! Buy One THIS WEEK!!

4. The Hook-Up is BACK!!

5. Join Berkeley’s Take Back the Night and Stop Sexual Violence

6. ENVISION: The Anti-Racist Network @ GenEq Spring 2014 Schedule


7. Queer POC Support Groups

8. Transgender Studies Matter! Conference/Symposium

9. MCC 3rd Annual Research Symposium

10. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!


11. Queer Latinas

12. Invisible Populations – A Survey of LGBTQ Students at Top Universities

13. Help End Child Sexual Abuse Now!

14. API Eating Disorder Support Group

15. Chance for Change: Benefit for homeless/at-risk Women and Children

16. Get Free: Summer Program For Queer/Trans* Youth of Color!

17. Human Rights Campaign Internship Applications Open!

18. Spanish Immersion Program: Women in Social Change in Mexico

19. College Mentors Needed

20. Queer Yo Mind Conference @ SFSU

21. Sexual Assault Advocacy and Activism



1. Seeking Lavender Graduation Student Speakers!

14th Lavender Graduation Speaker Application

Dear LGBTIQQA students and student allies,

The 2014 Lavender Graduation Celebration Planning Committee invites you to apply to be a speaker at this year’s LGBTIQQA graduation celebration, to be held on Friday April 25 at 6:00 pm in the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA.

Speakers will be chosen based on service within the campus or off campus LGBTQ community, cogency and invocation of memory. We also value a diversity of speakers thus consideration will also be given to the communities the applicant brings to hir speech. Please prepare your remarks to be no longer than  5-8min. Allies of the LGBTQQA community are welcome to apply.

Complete this form:

If you are interested, please complete the google form or complete the attached application and send it to Billy Curtis no later than Noon, Monday April 14, 2014. We will inform you if you were chosen to speak no later than April 17.

This year’s scheduled keynote speaker is Rafael Mandelman, Board of Trustees SF City College, Attorney Burke Williams & Sorensen and UC Berkeley School of Law Alumnus. Also, Public law and affordable housing attorney, Former Commissioner, San Francisco Board of Appeals and Building Inspection Commission, Former Vice-Chair, Democratic County Central Committee, Past president, Harvey Milk LGBT, Noe Valley and District 8 Democratic Clubs, Board Chair, Livable City, & Board Vice Chair, San Francisco LGBT Community Center

If you have any questions, please contact Billy Curtis at or 510.643.0788.

Thank you,

2014 Lavender Graduation Celebration Planning Committee


2. Berkeley’s 7th Annual Next Top Drag Performer

*It's time for UC Berkeley's 7th Annual NEXT TOP DRAG PERFORMER*

Come one, come all! It's that time again; time for all you beautiful drag performers to come out and show us what you got! Thought last year's show was amazing? Just wait till you see what we got planned...

This show will be a chance for residents, Cal students, performance groups, and professional drag performers to come together and strut their stuff. It's a gorgeous event, and it is hosted by the AMAZING Honey Mahogany, famed San Francisco drag queen. 

We would LOVE to see you there - Saturday, April 19th, from 7-10pm.

Check out the event on Facebook:

**AND, you know what is lovely? Berkeley's Next Top Drag Performer. You know what is even more lovely? YOU as Berkeley's Next Top Drag Performer! If you're interested in performing in this incredible show, please fill out the survey here: by Saturday April 5th at 11:59 pm.

Got any questions, comments, or concerns? Contact us at!

ADA Accessible | RHA Sponsored


3. UC Berkeley Rainbow Pride Shirt is Back! Buy One THIS WEEK!!

Our new UC Berkeley Pride shirt is back with a restock of sizes and a limited quantity of v-necks!!

Show your pride and foster visibilty for LGBTQ communities on-campus!

Limited quantity – buy soon!


Prices (cash only):

Crew Neck: $13-20 sliding scale

V-Neck: $16-23 sliding scale

*We also have some imperfect prints of the t-shirt available for a reduced price (Crew-$5, V-Neck-$8)


Opportunities to Buy: 

Gender Equity Resource Center Lobby (202 Cesar Chavez)

Mondays from 1pm-4pm

Tuesdays from 3:30pm-5pm

Fridays from 1pm-3pm


4. The Hook-Up is BACK!!

Your connection to LGBTQ Health and Wellness! Stop in every Wednesday night for health, relationship and wellness information and study jams.

Find us on lower Sproul in the Cesar E. Chavez Student Center building. Gender Equity Resource Center, 202 Chavez


*Study Lounge: 5-8pm every Wednesday this semester (expect 3/26)

*(LGBT)Q-Tips Drop-in Consultation & Counseling 5-7pm every Wednesday (except 3/26)

*15 min Rapid HIV testing: One Wednesday every month 5-8pm

Apr 9th: Q-tips | study lounge

Apr 16th: Rapid HIV Testing | Q-tips | Study Lounge

Apr 23rd: “From Monogamish to Many Loves: Non-Monogamy and Polyamory” panel discussion with poly/non-monogamous folks. Healthy snacks. 5:30-6:30.

Apr 30th: Q-tips | Study lounge

May 7th: RRR Week | Q-tips | study lounge


5. Join Berkeley’s Take Back the Night and Stop Sexual Violence

End Sexual Violence! Take Back the Night! 

April 17, 2014

5-7 pm (resource fair starts at 4:45pm)

Upper Sproul

*We are welcoming to folks of all genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, abilities and experiences*

Join Take Back the Night for a night of raising awareness & breaking the silence around sexual and relationship  violence through art, music, and open storytelling. 

Like our Facebook page for updates on various events throughout the year at:

Want to get involved? Email us at: 


6. ENVISION: The Anti-Racist Network @ GenEq Spring 2014 Schedule

What is ENVISION: The White Anti-Racist Network @ GenEq?

ENVISION is a discussion space designed to equip white* students, faculty and staff with the tools to analyze white privilege and to challenge racism within and beyond our campus' women's and queer communities. ENVISION supports the development of anti-racist practices and can serve as a supplement to social justice work in other spaces on campus. We welcome participants who are already actively involved in such spaces, as well as folks who are new to social justice work and interested in these conversations

Tuesday, April 22nd
6:30-8pm at the GenEq (202 Chavez):

ENVISION Meeting during Queer Awareness Days
Topic TBA

*ENVISION focuses on white students, faculty and staff for three reasons: 1) it shifts the burden off of people of color to educate white people about racism and oppression; 2) white people can play an important role in supporting each other to challenge racism; and 3) it creates an atmosphere that allows white people to share more openly and honestly about race, creating more opportunities for growth and learning.

For accommodations see: 

Questions or concerns?  Feel free to contact the ENVISION facilitators:


To join the ENVISION listserv to get reminders sign up here:


7. Queer POC Support Groups

Queer Womyn of Color Support Group

Beginning February 2014-Fridays @1:15

For more information, Contact: Diana Peña, Ph.D. 510-642-9230


Queer Men Of Color Group

Beginning February 2014

For more information, Contact: Tobirus Newby, MSW 510-643-0283


Spring 2014 Queer of Color Reading Group schedule

(Mondays, 5-6:30pm, 602 Barrows (unless otherwise stated))

  • April 28, Mel Chen’s Animacies (Mel Chen will be present to discuss the book, location TBA)
  • May 5th, Semester wrap-up, reading TBA

8. Transgender Studies Matter! Conference/Symposium

Conference/Symposium | April 18 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Speakers: Jinthana K. Haritaworn, Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies, York University in Toronto; Eric Plemons, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, University of Michigan; C. Riley Snorton, Assistant Professor in Communication Studies, Northwestern University; Kristen Schilt, Assistant Professor in Sociology, University of Chicago; Chase Joynt, Visiting Artist and Scholar, University of Chicago

Sponsors: Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, Haas LGBTQ Citizenship

What are the objects and inquiries of contemporary Transgender Studies? Explore the state of the field in this one-day symposium featuring leading transgender studies scholars speaking on such topics as experimental method, the place of surgery, environment, and citizenship. The talks will be paired with responses by UC Berkeley faculty.

PANEL ONE (10am to 12pm)
"Queer Lovers, Hateful Others, and Injured Trans People: Queer Regenerations of Race, Space and the Urban Environment"
Jinthana K. Haritaworn, Environmental Studies, York University
w/ Paola Bacchetta as respondent (Gender & Women's Studies, UCB)

"Trans- Surgery Matters"
Eric Plemons, Anthropology, University of Michigan
respondent tbd

PANEL TWO (2pm - 4pm)
"Jorgensen’s Shadows"
C. Riley Snorton, Communication Studies, Northwestern University
w/ Juana Maria Rodriguez as respondent (Gender & Women's Studies, UCB)

"Reframing Agnes"
Kristen Schilt, Sociology, University of Chicago and Chase Joynt, Visiting Artist, University of Chicago
w/ Raka Ray as respondent (Sociology, UCB)


Event Contact:

9. MCC 3rd Annual Research Symposium

The Multicultural Community Center (MCC) is hosting its third annual research symposium showcasing original research conducted by undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral scholars. As a student driven space, the MCC is excited to honor the work we do as artists, scholars, and activists within our communities and believe that in order to further our academic, professional and creative development we must continually engage in critical dialogue with one another.

In the past two years, we have encouraged presentations that engage with the values and principles of the MCC such as— anti-oppression, cross-cultural understanding/solidarity, popular education, sustainability and wellness ( This year in the spirit of the 45th anniversary of the Third World Liberation Front, we encourage presentations to engage with the following themes: Reconceptualizing Research, Resistance, Community and Practice. 

This year’s theme draws from the multiple timelines of women of color feminism, critical race and gender studies, and queer studies that strive to redefine power and patterns of relating. This theme touches upon the ways scholarship can negotiate intellectual boundaries as well as transgress the limits of the academy, art and activism. We invite submissions from undergraduates/graduate students, activists, organizers and community members. There are no restrictions as to the field or topic of study. We encourage you all to engage with the values and principles of the MCC as well and/or this year’s theme.

The symposium registration includes a light lunch and coffee breaks. Please help us ensure the success of the symposium by registering as soon as possible! This is a great opportunity to present some of that work you've been doing! Or even just see what research is all about!

Deadline for abstract submission is April 15th! Paper and poster submissions can be submitted online and should include a 250 word research abstract.

Please follow the following link to submit your paper/poster for consideration:

Submission form:

Please register to attend the symposium today!!

Registration form:

On behalf of the UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center, we look forward to your participation at our third annual research symposium! 

For any questions regarding the symposium, please email us at:


10. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

It is time to talk about it!  Es tiempo de hablar

Your Voice.  Our Future.  Tu voz es nuestro futuro

Prevent Sexual Violence.  Prevengamos la violencia sexual


April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and UC Berkeley stands in solidarity with survivors and allies!  Learn how you can play a role in promoting a healthy foundation for relationships, development and sexual violence prevention.  This April, use your voice to impact our future.  Join the conversation #ucbsaam!

SAAM Tabling Kick-off at Sather Gate (weather permitting)

MW 1-2pm, TuTh 12-1pm for the Month of April

Social media & more


Continue the conversation #ucbsaam

For the latest info go to

Please share your event, by filling out the googledoc


Calendar of events organized by student groups, departments and more...

For the most up-to-date listing, please go to


11. Queer Latinas

We are asking for your support in getting the word out about a new study our research team is getting 'off the ground'. Please share this announcement with your contacts. Find us on Facebook: ...and tumblr: 

There are no large-scale empirical studies in the mental health field that explore the lives and needs of LGBTQ Latinas who have immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. Please help us understand women's experiences so that we can inform the mental health field about how to best support this important community! The online survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete and 12% of participants will be chosen (lottery) to receive a $25 debit visa card. English: En Español: This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at San Francisco State University. Alison Cerezo, PhD is the principal investigator. This study has been funded by a Small Grant from the Williams Institute. 

Our flyers are attached to this message.

Thank you so much for your time!


12. Invisible Populations – A Survey of LGBTQ Students at Top Universities

Hello my name is Elliot Taillon and I am a student researcher from the University of Tampa. I am currently researching how universities market to LGBTQ students and their families. I am examining what universities offer in regards to information on queer life at their university online, particularly what common threads can be found on existing marketing and ways to improve marketing as to allow students to find a good fit for their academic careers.

To fulfill this research, I am sending out a survey to the top universities in the U.S. inquiring LGBTQ students on their application experience when deciding which college to attend. I am contacting you in hopes that you can send this survey out to your LGBTQ community in order to accurately portray the student perspective of LGBTQ marketing. The survey should take no longer than five minutes and will remain open until March 31st.

If you have any questions or concerning pertaining to this research or this survey, feel free to contact me at or my research adviser Dr. Harrison at

Thank you for your time,
Elliot Taillon & Marlen Harrison

13. Help End Child Sexual Abuse Now!

We need your help to get the word out about our upcoming event. Please share the information below with everyone you know through social media, tweet it, post it and forward this email to your friends, co-workers and family.

The End Child Sexual Abuse NOW! event is a community driven event that brings experts and leaders in the movement to end child sexual abuse together for a day of empowerment,community forum to bring voice to those impacted by CSA, and interactive activities. The program features speakers who will share their efforts to bring awareness and prevention around child sexual abuse, poets, music, interactive expressive arts activity, art to honor those who have been impacted by child sexual abuse and a special film screening of preliminary footage from the documentary You Me and the Fruit Trees. Most importantly, we want to bring visibility to this largely shrouded issue by leading a community march to the Oakland City Hall as a call to action!

End Child Sexual Abuse NOW!                  
Saturday, April 19, 1:30 – 4:30pm
March to Oakland City Hall 4:30 – 5pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Oakland

(The Oakland Asian Cultural Center is ADA compliant throughout.)

Each day millions of children are sexually abused in their own homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 18. Child Sexual Abuse is a vast and deep-rooted problem in our society, which impacts families and communities across the social and economic spectrum. Join us in bringing awareness, prevention and dialogue to end child sexual abuse.

Speakers include: Staci K. Haines -Generation Five, Angel Cassidy- Mental Health Counselor at County of San Mateo, Lark Thomas -Enough Abuse Campaign, Vida Castaneda- Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Eb Browne- Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need more information by contacting either Tracey Quezada or Danielle Castro. We look forward to seeing you April 19th!

Together we can end CSA!

Tracey Quezada –


Danielle Castro –


14. API Eating Disorder Support Group

Living Arts Counseling Center presents


* Sponsored by Thick Dumpling Skin *

Saturdays from 6:00 - 8:00 PM 
(Begins March 15, 2014)
1265 65th St. Emeryville, CA 94608

Pre-screening is required.
or (510) 595-5500 Ext.17

This ongoing free and confidential support group is open to all ages and genders who identify themselves as Asian or Pacific Islander and are struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, overexercising, eating disorder NOS, chronic dieting, and other disordered eating and body image issues.

Eating disorders are more than merely about food, weight, and body image. They involve serious emotional and physical problems that can have life‐threatening consequences. Eating disorders also do not discriminate—they affect us all. For Asian‐Americans, the struggle is also social, racial, cultural, and familial. Come and find support on your journey towards recovery in a safe, non‐judgmental, and welcoming environment and feel less alone in your struggle. The group will be process‐oriented and address topics such as: Eating Disorder Symptoms & Warning Signs, Stages of Recovery, Coping Skills, Relapse Prevention Techniques, Managing Triggering Situations, Reducing Isolation and Shame, Building Peer Support while gearing towards the culturally specific, complex, and unique experiences of Asian‐Americans.


15. SAVE THE DATE! Chance for Change: Benefit for homeless/at-risk Women and Children

Sunday, June 8th, 2014


Ed Roberts Campus

3075 Adeline Street

Berkeley, CA

Mark your calendars for an afternoon of live music, and exciting auction, delicious food courtesy of Oakland’s Red Door Catering, and an open bar featuring local wine and beer, all to benefit the WDDC’s work with homeless and at-risk women and children.

Formal invitation to follow, including ticket purchasing information.


16. Get Free: Summer Program For Queer/Trans* Youth of Color!

This summer in Oakland, CA, (July 9th to 15th, 2014) Black Girl Dangerous presents a week-long artistic, intellectual, emotional and practical project for queer and trans* youth of color that focuses on the inner work it takes to Get Free in a world where, for us—people who experience oppression based on race and queerness or trans*ness—just surviving is a feat. Through writing, dreaming, screaming, owning up, and facing who we are, who we have been, and who we might become, we aim to start an emotional r/evolution that will reverberate throughout our lives and our communities.

This FREE, week-long program will include daily workshops, creative projects, discussions, confessions and solutions re:

  • taking steps toward healing our own individual trauma so that we can come together in healthier ways
  • treating each other better, causing less harm, and being accountable to each other for the harm we do cause
  • speaking truth about, and pushing back against, racism, misogny, ableism, and various other forms of oppression within QTPOC communities
  • and more.


BGD will select 10 to 12 queer and trans* youth of color to participate in the program this summer.

To participate in this project, you must be ALL of the following:

  • between the ages of 16 and 21 when the program begins
  • and a person of color who experiences oppression based on race
  • and someone who identifies as queer and/or trans* (even if you use other words for it)

The program is FREE. Workshops, lodging and food will be covered by Black Girl Dangerous (with the support of our donors). BGD will also provide scholarships to help with travel costs to Oakland for participants who need it.

The application will be available February 1, 2014. At that time, you can find it HERE.

Check out our FAQ here.


17. Human Rights Campaign Internship Applications Open!

The Human Rights Campaign is now accepting applications for our summer 2014 internship program. Our internship program spans 23 different department areas, including political, diversity, religion and faith, media and many others. There is a position for nearly every interest and career field. Each intern plays an integral role in his or her department, working closely with HRC supervisors and staff. In addition, we offer educational programming as well as the opportunity to meet some of the foremost LGBT and allied leaders from all over the world. Class credit is possible through our program, and there are full-time and part-time positions available. You can find more information, as well as the application itself, at  There are scholarships available for housing during this summer semester. Applicants may apply within the application. 


18. Spanish Immersion Program: Women in Social Change in Mexico

July 12 - 25, 2014

  • Learn about Mexican culture, politics, and economics through the lens of women´s experiences and struggles for social justice.
  • Study how women from various backgrounds (i.e. Indigenous, students, workers) have been affected by the neoliberal model of globalization and the kinds of mobilizations they have initiated or participated in.  
  • Establish and strengthen links between women of different countries (whose lives in an increasingly globalized world are more interrelated than ever) by sharing our respective struggles for justice and equality.
  • And study Spanish, all in the City of Eternal Spring, Cuernavaca, Mexico 

For more information:


19. College Mentors Needed

Hello There!

Hope you are well.

I'm hoping you can help me with some outreach to the student staff in the Housing and Residential Life Department there. Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Equality California Institute (EQCAI), Transgender Law Center (TLC), and the ACLU of California host an annual Queer Youth Advocacy Day (QYAD).  The event takes place in Sacramento on April 28th.  Additionally, during the preceding weekend, April 25-27, a group of 60 youth from across the state will go through training in Sacramento to learn how to be youth leaders for Queer Youth Advocacy Day.  

This is where the help comes in.  Each year we select a group of junior and senior college mentors to support the program.  The college mentors are there to support the logistical aspects of the weekend long training including staying at the youth hostel with the participants and professional staff.  Important to note: the College Mentors do not provide the training.  The GSA Network model is a peer based model and our youth trainers (high school age) provide the trainings.  The college mentors will support activities including meal prep and cleanup, (With me!!!). A training will be provided prior to the event.

Can you please pass along the following links to your student staff?

GAYLA 2014 - College Mentor Application -

Information about GAYLA 2014 -

Let me know if you are able to send this around to department student staff.  Also, feel free to send it to any campus partners who might have interested student leaders.

I'm happy to answer any questions.  My direct line is 415-375-4331.



David Bracamontes

Administrative and Events Coordinator

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

1550 Bryant Street, Suite 600

San Francisco, CA 94103

ph: 415.552.4229 x115

fax: 415.552.4729


20. Queer Yo Mind Conference @ SFSU

San Francisco State's Queer Resource Center is hosting the 3rd annual Queer Yo Mind Conference, October 10th and 11th, 2014! 

Queer Yo Mind is a public conference that aims to bridge the gap between academia and activism, through the use of queer as a tool to dismantle the dominant LGBTQ politics and realize the radical potential of queer communities and scholarships. 

We are excited to announce that the Call for Papers has been released and welcome all submissions! It is attached in this email. 

We appreciate your support in sharing this call for papers far and wide!

ASI Queer Resource Center

Cesar Chavez Student Center M-109


21. Sexual Assault Advocacy and Activism

We are conducting a study to better understand the strategies (including social media) employed by activists involved in the movement to address sexual violence prevention and response on college campuses. 

We would like to talk with current students and recent graduates about their involvement with sexual assault activism related to social media.  Our hope is that by documenting some of these strategies, students who come after you can learn from your work and we can continue to build on the momentum gained through your work.  Our research team consists of current and former campus women's center staff members who are interested in working with students to improve campus environments in relationship to sexual violence.

 We are looking for participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Were/Are active in sexual assault prevention and response on college campuses (however you define that!)
  • Used social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, etc) in activist work
  • Is a current or recent undergraduate or graduate student
  • Is available for a 60-90 minute Skype interview and a follow up 30 minute interview between now and May 31, 2014

 If you would be willing to participate in this study, please contact a member of the research team and we would be happy to schedule an interview:

Please feel free to forward this message on to anyone else who may be interested in participating in this study. 

Chris Linder, PhD

Assistant Professor

College Student Affairs Administration 

Department of Counseling and Human Development 

University of Georgia 

402 Aderhold Hall

Athens, GA 30602