Queer Awareness Days - April 21-May 6, 2014

Queer Awareness Days

April 21-May 6, 2014

Queer Awareness Days takes place annually during the last two weeks of April as a way to increase visibility of LGBTQ issues at UC Berkeley, engage the campus community through educational events and campaigns, and celebrate everything queer!


If you would like to add an event to the calendar email details to Adelyn at adelynauza@berkeley.edu.  


To buy a Rainbow Splash Bear t-shirt see geneq.berkeley.edu/tshirts for sales times!


For LGBTQ Org’s Usual Meeting Times:


See http://queer.berkeley.edu/orgs to find contact information for many of the student organizations on campus, both their meeting times during QAD specifically and other weeks as well.


-MONDAY 4/21-


CAMPUS CLIMATE STUDY RESULTS: A summary Presentation & Forum

Monday April 21, 2014


Multicultural Community Center

Hearst Annex D-37


A presentation of the UC System-wide Campus Climate Survey. campusclimate.ucop.edu


• Learn about how comfortable students faculty and staff feel learning, teaching and working on our campus

• Come to share your thoughts on the preliminary results of the UC Climate Study!  

• Come discuss how we can become a more inclusive and welcoming campus for everyone

• Hear how your peers perceive the climate for others across differences

• Be a part of continuing Berkeley’s excellence


Everyone Encouraged to Attend and Participate


Questions: Contact David Surratt, dsurratt@berkeley.edu, or Billy Curtis, billyc@berkeley.edu


Sponsored by: Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Campus Climate & Inclusion

Special Thanks to Multicultural Community Center for hosting this forum.


Perhaps the time has come to not think about sex: queer theories and queer histories

4 pm

201 Moses Hall


Speaker/Performer: Matt Houlbrook, University of Birmingham

Sponsors: Center for British Studies, Institute of European Studies


This workshop explores the awkward relationship between queer theories and histories in the contemporary academy and politics. Starting with the importance of thinking queer it focuses on the possibilities opened up by shifting our definition of queer from a position to a process and from a mode of sexual selfhood to a set of critical practices. In the first instance I suggest these ideas as a point of critical engagement with the burgeoning historiographical and theoretical literature in LGBTQ studies. Yet I am more interested in how thinking queer enables a move beyond the thematic constraints of sexuality studies. How might a queer historical practice elucidate social and cultural formations that engage issues of sex and sexuality occasionally, tangentially, and sometimes not at all? What happens when we think queer about subjects which cannot be subsumed into LGBTQ identity categories? In certain contexts and as a temporary historicizing operation perhaps the time has come to both think and not think about sex.


Participants are encouraged to read Houlbrook's "Thinking Queer: The Social and the Sexual in Interwar Britain," in Brian Lewis (ed.), British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives (Manchester, MUP, 2013).


Event Contact: ctrbs@berkeley.edu


-TUESDAY 4/22 -


Infosession for GenEq Internships  


GenEq - 202 Cesar Chavez


Work with a dynamic and diverse team to foster social change!

Become a GenEq Intern and work on LGBTQ issues, women’s issues and sexual/relationship violence issues!

For full information and to download an application visit: http://geneq.berkeley.edu/internships



Eliminating homophobia

Stopping hate crimes

Subverting sexism

Ending violence against women

Toppling transphobia

Redefining masculinities


Questions? Email Marisa at mboyce@berkeley.edu


Screening of selections from "No! The Rape Documentary"


Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Cesar Chavez)


Part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) #UCBSAAM and Queer Awareness Days (QAD)…


Produced and Directed over a period of eleven years, seven of which were full time, by Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an incest and rape survivor, this award-winning, internationally-acclaimed, groundbreaking feature length documentary features riveting testimonials from Black women rape survivor stories who defy victimization. Violence prevention advocates, theologians, sociologists, historians, anthropologists, and other leading scholars and human rights activists provide an interdisciplinary context with which to examine sexual violence in African-American communities. They also explore how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia - http://notherapedocumentary.org/sexual-assault-documentary-no.


Discussion facilitated by staff at the Gender Equity Resource Center and University Health Services. For info, contact ambrosio@berkeley.edu.


For disability related accommodations, please go to access.berkeley.edu with as much notice as possible.


ENVISION: White Anti-Racist Network at GenEq


GenEq (202 Chavez)

And we mean all relationships: friends, romantic, sexual, community, etc! Come build tools to critically analyze how race and white privilege are factors when white people are in relationships with people of color, particularly how white people can be cognizant and accountable.


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 campus¹ 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.


*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.


Questions? Email Marisa at mboyce@berkeley.edu

For accessibility-related accommodations, seehttp://access.berkeley.edu/





LGBT*-Shirt  Making!

The field in the middle of Hearst Annex


Come out, and play with puff paint to make t-Shirts to represent your sexual identity!  And to increase queer awareness during queer awareness week!


From Monogamish to Many Loves: Non-Monogamy and Polyamory Panel Discussion


Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Chavez)


Join us for a sure-to-be fantastic discussion!


Our panelists are in various forms of non-monogamous and poly relationships will share their experiences navigating the waters of polyamory, and will take audience questions.


Whether you’re a seasoned expert in the art of many loves or a monogamous person who would love to learn more, it’s bound to be a stimulating and worthwhile conversation!




Dinner and Dialogue About Transformative Justice


Anthony Hall


In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month we will be hosting an intimate discussion about Transformative Justice as an approach to addressing sexual violence.  Guests are invited to share, discuss, and/or listen. Dinner and beverages provided.



Sponsored by the Queer and Transgender Advocacy Project & Graduate Women’s Projects of the Graduate Assembly


-FRIDAY 4/25-


Plurality: UC Berkeley's First Plurisexual (Bi, Pan, Omni,+) and Ally Group


QARC (A-15 Hearst Annex)


California's first public school Plurisexual and Ally group. But whats a plurisexual?


It is someone who is sexually/romantically interested in more than one sex/gender. Also known as a non-monosexual.


Examples of plurisexual sexualities may identify as (but are not limited to) bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual, heteroflexible, and homoflexible.


Questions?  Contact Sylara at sylara.cruz@berkeley.edu.


Queer Grads Happy Hour


Henry’s Pub


Come bid farewell to another semester with the Queer Grads at our final happy hour of the year! We'll be at Henry's (at the corner of Durant and Bowditch) next Friday, April 25th from 5pm to 7pm.


As you may know, Henry's offers beer by the pitcher, and due to a generous donation from an anonymous alumnus, both the usual appetizers and the first ten pitchers of beer will be on us. What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with free drinks?


Looking forward to seeing everyone there!


Sponsored by the Graduate Assembly. Henry's is an ADA accessible location. Open to all UCB grad students.


14th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration


Berkeley City Club


Food, Friends, Fun and FREE

Dress: Informal, fabulous, drag, no academic regalia.

RSVP AT LINK BELOW PLEASE--FB "join" does NOT count.



Thank you to everyone who are joining us to celebrate the end of another year at Cal and bid farewell to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer graduating seniors, graduate students, and allies.  Graduating students receive a rainbow tassel (no charge).


Rafael Mandelman, Board of Trustees SF City College, Attorney Burke Williams & Sorensen and UC Berkeley School of Law Alumnus. (For more information, please visit: http://geneq.berkeley.edu/lavendergraduation)


To apply to be a speaker at this year’s, please apply here: http://tinyurl.com/LavGrad2014SpeakerForm


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.


Questions: Contact Billy Curtis 510.643.0788 or billyc@berkeley.edu


-MONDAY 4/28-


T-Cal: A Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Space at Cal Meeting


Email tcalatberkeley@gmail.com for location.

T-Cal is a group that seeks to address the spectrum of gender and gender expression, especially for students, staff and faculty who may identify across the transgender spectrum at UCB. Join us for conversation, community, and resources!


Screening and discussion of "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes"  


202 Chavez


Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture.  Director Byron Hurt, former star college quarterback, longtime hip-hop fan, and gender violence prevention educator, conceived the documentary as a "loving critique" of a number of disturbing trends in the world of rap music. He pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive, deeply conservative stereotypes of manhood. The documentary features revealing interviews about masculinity and sexism with rappers such as Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and cultural commentators such as Michael Eric Dyson and Beverly Guy-Sheftall.  Critically acclaimed for its fearless engagement with issues of race, gender violence, and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.  Discussion facilitated by Takeo Rivera, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS).  


For info, contact ambrosio@berkeley.edu.


Our Trans*gender and Genderqueer Lives: Experiences of Gender Specific Spaces


1798 Scenic Avenue Berkeley CA


Come join the Pacific School of Religion as we host a panel of Trans*gender and Genderqueer religious leaders, seminarians, and community activists. The panel will talk about their experienc es of gender specific spaces in institutions, religious traditions, and social/community organizations. What's affirming? What re-produces harm and oppression? What are other visions for how we can address Trans*gender and Genderqueer people's needs?


Featuring Panelists: Janetta Johnson~Program Director of the Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project, Schmian Evans~ Minister at City of Refuge Church and PSR seminarian, Rev. Rohrer~ ECLA Pastor, and director of WELCOME, and Kelsey Pacha~ activist and community organizer of LGBTQ Youth and PSR Seminarian.





Questions? Contact studentmovementPSR@gmail.com


Queer of Color Reading Group: Animacies, discussion with Mel Chen

5-6:30 pm

652 Barrows Hall


Sponsor: Center for the Study of Sexual Culture


The Queer of Color Reading Group will meet on Monday, April 28, from 5-6:30pm in 652 Barrows Hall (African American Studies conference room) to discuss the book Animacies with its author, Professor Mel Chen. Read more about the book here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/Animacies/


For readings and inquiries, email Katrina Dodson at cssc@berkeley.edu or Ivan Ramos at iramos@berkeley.edu


Event Contact: cssc@berkeley.edu


Reflections on Being Out in Academia: One Professor's Perspective


375 LeConte


IGenSpectrum would like to present Professor Robert Carprick from the University of Pennsylvania, where he will discuss issues LGBT students and faculty face in academia.  


“I will discuss my perspective as an out academic on the progress made and challenges faced by LGBT researchers. The climate and the landscape for LGBT communities have evolved dramatically over the past 25 years, a time period that overlaps with the span of my career as a researcher so far. I will use my own career path to highlight some of those changes, to discuss some of the difficulties and the benefits of being a LGBT academic, and to look forward with some recommendations on achieving further progress.”  - Robert Carprick, John Henry Towne Professor and Department Chair, Mechanical engineering and Applied Mechanics Department, University of Pennsylvania


Refreshments will be provided!


-TUESDAY 4/29-


Sex Worker Symposium


Multicultural Community Center

Hearst Annex D-37


Come join us as we embark on a critical discussion of the sex work industry and queer and trans people of color’s(QTPOC) experiences within the industry.  The evening will consist of storytelling as well as discussions unpacking the deep silencing and shaming QTPOC sex workers face within our society.  We hope to explore the taboos and myths surrounding sex-work, the lack of visibility of sex workers on campus and imagining a world and campus safe and thriving for QTPOC people within the industry.  So join us in an evening full of dialogue, exploration, and healing!


Questions?  Contact Benji at benjidelgadillo@berkeley.edu




Honey Mahogany: Contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race



We have just confirmed that Honey Mahogany, a contestant from the 5th Season of RuPaul's Drag Race, will come to campus the evening of Wednesday, April 30th!  "Voted Best Drag Queen 2011 by SF Weekly's Readers' Poll and the reigning Miss Blow Up USA, Honey Mahogany is an international drag performer and budding recording artist.  See more about Honey Mahogany at: http://www.itshoney.com/bio, and keep your eye on this page for updates!




De Sidere 7: Desire's Vexed Status - A film by Nicolás Grandi and Lata Mani

4-6 pm

Stephens Hall, 10 (CSAS Conf. Room)


Speakers/Performers: Nicolás Grandi is an important independent filmmaker; Lata Mani is a distinguished feminist historian and cultural critic.

Sponsor: Center for South Asia Studies


Film Synopsis

De Sidere 7 is an experimental work that interweaves performance, dance, poetry, storytelling and text to reflect upon aspects of desire. Shot in Bangalore and Delhi, the film scripts the work of five performing artists into a sensorially rich meditation on desire’s vexed status as at once, animating force, object of suspicion and ground of contention. De Sidere 7 is conceived as a videocontemplation: a formally plural, multilayered composition intended to be experienced as an integrated whole.

De Sidere 7, Video, 2014

Running time: 38 minutes


The event will be of tremendous interest to faculty and students in cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, media studies, and queer studies.

Event Contact: csas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3608


-FRIDAY 5/2-


Lavender Cal: LGBTQ Staff and Faculty Network - First Friday Lavender Lunch

12:00-1:00 pm

Faculty Club’s Great Hall


Since September 2006, this casual noontime gathering is popular with staff and faculty throughout the campus.  Join with long-time colleagues and make new friends.  Newcomers are welcomed by veterans typically in a ratio of one to three, so none need feel the odd person out -- and all may feel comfortably queer and out!


The cafeteria makes it easy and economical to grab lunch (or bring a discreet brown bag).  In a grand historic setting, congregate around the long wooden tables adorned by tasteful rainbow flags.  Sometimes our numbers have taken up a goodly portion of the Great Hall; other times, we enjoy more intimate small groups for wide-ranging conversations and schmoozing.  It's all good fun.


Plurality: UC Berkeley's First Plurisexual (Bi, Pan, Omni,+) and Ally Group


QARC (A-15 Hearst Annex)


California's first public school Plurisexual and Ally group. But whats a plurisexual?


It is someone who is sexually/romantically interested in more than one sex/gender. Also known as a non-monosexual.  Examples of plurisexual sexualities may identify as (but are not limited to) bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual, heteroflexible, and homoflexible.


Questions?  Contact Sylara at sylara.cruz@berkeley.edu.


"Healing Voices"  

Time TBA

Clark Kerr Campus (CKC)


CKC will be hosting a survivor-centered program on the topic of sexual harassment and sexual violence on May 2. The program, entitled Healing Voices, will include several short presentations of spoken word, monologues, and dramatic performances.


Questions?  Anneliise Rehn Email: anneliise@berkeley.edu


-Friday 5/2 - Sunday 5/4-


7th Annual Queer and Asian Conference at UC Berkeley

QACON 2014 “RefrAction”

University of California, Berkeley


Every year, the Queer & Asian Conference (QACON) brings queer APIs and allies from across the United States to participate in engaging workshops, keynotes from prominent activists, performers, scholars, and politicians, a “Storytime” session in which individuals are invited to share their personal stories with one another in small, intimate groups, performances from our talented community members, and of course, the afterparty!

For our seventh annual QACON, our theme “RefrAction” directs attention to those issues that are not necessarily a priority for mainstream LGBT political agendas. The capitalized “A” signifies how activism can effectively integrate social justice movements into our surroundings through outlets that are not always strictly political, in arenas outside grassroots community organizing.


This conference is free of charge and lunch will also be provided on Saturday. You may also request free housing provided by our volunteers.


Who: Anyone Interested in Attending

Cost: Free





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****** Opening Night Performances



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-Tuesday 5/6-  


Exploring the Lives of Trans/Genderqueer Individuals

"Vessel for My Heart" Screening & Discussion

“By Liberating Gender, You’re Really Liberating Everyone.”


Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Cesar Chavez)


Enrich your understanding of trans/genderqueer individuals through a short film and discussion facilitated by Marisa Boyce, Program Coordinator at the Gender Equity Resource Center.  Featuring students from the Irvine area and the Director of the UC Irvine LGBT Resource Center, this event will be helpful for students and staff alike!  Everyone welcome!


About “Vessel for My Heart”:  A short documentary exploring the lives of trans/genderqueer individuals and allies, with the hope of presenting a queer perspective of gender that is feasible for friends and family members to begin understanding. (Running time 13 minutes)


Questions?  Contact Marisa at mboyce@berkeley.edu.  


-TBD-  Check back for updates


Speed Friending: Get to Know Others in the Community!

Time/Date/Location TBD


Everyone welcome!  Newcomers to the campus community particularly encouraged to attend!  The goal of the event is to mix up students from various majors, student organizations, housing communities, friend groups, etc!


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