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Newsletter October 13, 2015

Dear GenEq Community,

This past Sunday (October 11th) was National Coming Out Day - a day that has been celebrated since 1980, and encourages LGBTQ+ people to publically share their identities as “one of our most basic tools is the power of coming out.”  Yesterday, over 50 people participated in the #inyourownwordsUCB photocampaign, providing a platform for members of the campus community to share their stories.  Like the Facebook page, or check back regularly, to see the pictures/stories - one will be released each hour today and tomorrow!  But we also know that many people cannot, or choose to not, come out of the closet to their families or extended friend networks.  Each LGBTQ+ person must decide for themselves if the cost of staying in the closet is too high, if the cost of coming out of the closet is too high - or if it’s more complicated than that.  If you are thinking about coming out, how to support someone who is coming out, or want to learn more about coming out, check out our “Coming Out” resources page on the GenEq website.

Also, October has been celebrated as LGBT History Month since 1993!  History pop quiz: did you know that National Coming Out Day was first created to commemorate the first anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights?  Take a moment to learn more about LGBTQ+ history this month through websites like LGBT History Month, our own UC Berkeley campus Gay Bears!, San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society, and many others!

Marisa Boyce

Program Coordinator






  1. Button-making for Relationship Violence Awareness Month (10/14 & 10/15)

  2. APA Womxn Engagement Circle - Part of Wonder Women Wednesdays (10/14)

  3. Trans Campus Mixer (10/19)

  4. Recognizing Relationship Violence Awareness Month - (10/19-23)

  5. LGBTQ Talk - Drop In Counseling in Cesar Chavez Building (Weekly)

  6. Real Wonder Women Panel - Part of Wonder Women Wednesdays (10/21)

  7. Encore Queer Film Night with Frameline - Fieldtrip to Oakland to See "Big Eden"! (10/22)

  8. GenderShake: a panel on being gender non-binary, genderqueer, gender expansive+ (10/28)

  9. Kumu Hina- Part of Wonder Women Wednesdays (11/4)

  10. LGBTQ Movements Beyond Marriage - Panelists Will Be Announced Soon! (11/9)

  11. Celebration of Asian Pacific American Womxn (CAPAW) (11/1)


     12. The Multicultural Community Center Has Moved!

     13. Help Spread the Word: Apply to be Cal in the Capital intern! Deadline




      14. Trans in SF - A Lecture Series: Oct. 21 with Janetta Johnson

      15. National Conference At-A-Glance: Domestic Violence, Mental Health & Trauma

      16. SF LGBT Community Center Presents Economic Justice Month!

      17. LGBT Faith-Based Internship Opportunity



1. Button-making for Relationship Violence Awareness Month (10/14 & 10/15)

Come make buttons for Relationship Violence Awareness Month in the GenEq Community Space, 202 Chavez!  Have at least 30min to hour to spare!  Snacks provided!

Wednesday, October 14th 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursday, October 15th 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Please RSVP here.  Email cici at with any questions!

2. APA Womxn Engagement Circle (10/14)

The Asian Pacific American Student Development Office is partnering with the Gender Equity Resource Center's Wonder Women Wednesdays and we would like to invite you to our APA Womxn Engagement Circle at the Gender Equity Resource Center in 202 Chavez (one floor above the Cal1Card Office) on Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:00pm.

This is a space open for anyone who has ever identified, currently identifies, or will ever identify as APA Womxn to share their narratives, build relationships, and feel supported through shared healing.

We are working to put together a Celebration of Asian Pacific American Womxn (CAPAW) on November 1st, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:30pm at the YWCA. This APA Womxn Engagement Circle is important as it is meant to inform the content for CAPAW, by getting an idea where various APA womxn are on this campus in terms of their experiences.

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

Snacks and refreshments will be provided! If you have questions, please contact We hope to see you there!

3. Trans Campus Mixer: A Social Event for Transgender, Non-Binary, Genderqueer and Gender Questioning Members of the Cal Community (10/19)

Brought to you by Non-Binary Alliance, Queer and/or Trans People of Color Collective, T-Cal and Transgender Employee Network.

Food, mingling and activities to make new connections! Raffle prizes include a copy of Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, a rainbow bear t-shirt, and a plant!  Do you identify with the trans community, but aren't sure if you're "trans enough" to come - then please come! There is no "trans enough" to be a part of this event!

*The Cal community includes undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, post-docs, visiting scholars, librarians academic researchers, and alumni!

Questions?  Email Marisa at

4. Recognizing Relationship Violence Awareness Month - (10/19-23)

Oct 19, 2015  9-5pm - Volunteers for Clothesline Project, Resource Fair and Tabling (please RSVP for various shifts here)

Oct 19, 2015 11:30-1:30 - Resource Fair & Clothesline Project

Oct 23, 2015 - Cards of Support Booth

Mon, Oct 19, 11:30am-1:30pm, RVAM Resource Fair and Clothesline Project Display, Upper Sproul Plaza

Join us in Recognizing Relationship Violence Awareness Month (RVAM) - October 2015.  We will have the Clothesline Project on display.  Plus a resource fair with campus and community organizations.  For the latest listing of resource tables, go to -

Fri, Oct 23, 11-2pm Card of Support, Upper Sproul Plaza

Card-making booth for survivors of domestic violence who are residing in local women’s shelters.  Come and design a card for survivors and their children.  Cards will have an encouraging message already written inside, please add your own and show your support.  All materials will be provided.  

To volunteer, please RSVP here.  Contact: if interested/have any questions.

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

Planned by the Relationship Violence Planning Collective, along with ASUC Art Studio, Confidential Care Advocates, Gender Equity Resource Center, LEAD Center

5. LGBTQ Talk - Drop In Counseling in Cesar Chavez Building (Weekly)

Every Wednesday from 3-5pm at 150 Cesar Chavez

Confidential, one-on-one, professional, supportive relationship & stress advice service for the LGBTQIA student community at Cal.

If you are experiencing difficulties with:

• Coming out to family, friends, or co-workers

• Transitioning to a new, healthier and more authentic YOU

• Dating, body image or emotional and sexual intimacy issues

• Integrating multiple, intersecting identities (i.e. gender, sexuality, race, class,

disability, immigration status, national origin, religion/spirituality, etc.)

• Coping with and addressing discrimination or isolation

...then Q-TALK wants to help you!

6. Real Wonder Women Panel - Part of Wonder Women Wednesdays (10/21)

Come hear from real life Wonder Women on campus about how they stayed focused, found support, gave support to other women, and how you can do it too!

Questions? Contact Diamond Raymond at

7. Encore Queer Film Night with Frameline - Fieldtrip to Oakland to See "Big Eden"! (10/22)

**You must RSVP here (FB "going" doesn't count):

Please note that you should be available for the whole duration of 5-10pm, which includes pizza and travel time! The movie itself starts at 7pm in Oakland.

First 14 people to RSVP get a ride!

First 25 people get pre-movie pizza!

Take a fieldtrip with the GenEq Program Coordinator, Marisa Boyce, to watch free, fresh, queer film! Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival takes place every June - and they’re bringing some of the festival’s hits to the East Bay for an Encore!

**About “Big Eden”: Henry Hart, a successful but lonely New York artist, returns to Big Eden, the town of his childhood, to care for the ailing grandfather who raised him. Henry must come to terms with his relationship to his best friend from high school, and the object of his unrequited love. At the same time, Henry's reappearance sparks a transformation in Pike Dexter, the shy, unassuming, Native American owner of the town's general store. Pike is as surprised as anyone, and completely unprepared, when he finds himself falling in love with Henry. As this unspoken triangle unfolds under the scrutiny of Big Eden's community, nearly everyone develops a stake in its outcome. (from

Questions? Contact Marisa at

8. GenderShake: a panel on being gender non-binary, genderqueer, gender expansive+ (10/28)

Come talk and learn from others who are gender non-binary, genderqueer, gender expansive+! A panel of students will share about their experiences and identities, followed by Q&A and discussion!  Healthy snacks included.

Questions? Marisa at

9. Kumu Hina - Part of Wonder Women Wednesdays (11/4)

Join us for a talk by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, an extraordinary Hawaiian mahu, or transgender woman, featured in the award-winning documentary “Kumu Hina,” a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values.

Time and location will be announced soon, though the talk will be in the evening!

Questions?  Contact cici at

10. LGBTQ Movements Beyond Marriage - Panelists Will Be Announced Soon! (11/9)

Monday, November 9, 2015


Multicultural Community Center

A panel of LGBTQ advocates and organizers will talk about the breadth of work being done for LGBTQ communities, and what they believe the advocacy landscape should look like after this summer's US Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage is the LGBTQ issue that has received the most media visibility, resources, and overall community attention for over a decade.  So much so that after this summer's ruling, many have been left wondering, what else is there to work towards?  Others are ready for issues that have been eclipsed by same-sex marriage to finally get the attention they need.  The panel will be followed by time for Q&A.

Questions?  Contact Marisa at

Sponsored by the Gender Equity Resource Center, the LGBTQ Citizenship Cluster of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and the Multicultural Community Center.

11. Celebration of Asian Pacific American Womxn (CAPAW) (11/1)

Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) serves the diverse and changing needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities at the University of California, Berkeley. APASD provides accessible and relevant programming and resources, promotes cross-cultural community building, and advocates civil rights and social justice through education and empowerment.

The Celebration of Asian Pacific American Womxn was conceived by the Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) as a space where praxis and theory, community members and students, can meet and converse. This free banquet event is meant to be the impetus that brings all people, regardless of gender, class, sexuality, ability, and ethnicity, together in a community to not only acknowledge the contributions that Asian Pacific American (APA) womxn have made, but to also educate, critically analyze societal oppressions, and in the process, empower others so that this event moves beyond just one night to question their perspectives and teach others.

Check out our Facebook Event ( for more details!

If you would like more information or have any questions at all, please email the CAPAW logistics team (Jackie Ceballos, Dome Lupac, Daniel Russell Cheung) at

Date- November 1, 2015

Time - 6pm-8:30pm

Location - YWCA - 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Dress Code - Semi-formal attire is encouraged, but not required. If you have any difficulties in finding the encouraged attire, please contact us. We will gladly support you!

We are excited to see you there!

12. The Multicultural Community Center Has Moved!

The Multicultural Community Center moved into the MLK Jr. Student Union on Monday, October 12.  We won't be able to have  a regular schedule of "open hours" until Spring 2016, but we we will be hosting a number of "preview days" and special events throughout November.  Make sure to check out our calendars for more information.

We look forward to sharing our new space with all of you soon!!

13. Help Spread the Word: Apply to be Cal in the Capital intern! Deadline (10/16)

About: Interested in spending next summer in Washington, D.C. interning in Congressional offices, federal government agencies, think tanks, national nonprofit organizations, media centers, private companies, research institutions, and more?  Apply to be a Cal in the Capital intern today!

Deadline to Apply: October 16, 2015 by 11:59pm


Info Session:

  • Monday, 10/5 at 7pm,  259 Dwinelle

  • Thursday, 10/8 at 7pm, 254 Dwinelle

  • Wednesday, 10/14 at 7pm, 105 Dwinelle

Contact: or visit 102 Sproul Wednesdays 12pm-2pm

Since 1965, Cal in the Capital trains and prepares 75 UC Berkeley students annually for their search of a summer internship opportunity in Washington, D.C.  Cal in the capital interns come from all majors, backgrounds, and area of interests.  Upon entering our 50th year, 3,745 Cal in the Capital interns have served 1,608,489 hours of service in hundreds of professional setting preparing them for a career in public service.

14. Trans in SF - A Lecture Series: Oct. 21 with Janetta Johnson

See local transgender leaders speak on the movement’s history, issues of today, and future of the community.

Trans Resistance and Resilience: From Solitary to Re-Entry with Janetta Johnson

Lecture: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7pm-9pm

$15 pre-registered/$20 at the door

This event is part of a lecture series featuring transgender leaders, including Miss Major, Theresa Sparks, and Dr Kortney Zielger.

Members receive up to 20% off of each tier. CIIS Student/Faculty/Staff pricing is based off the first tier.

Please note that online and phone registration will be closed at 3pm on the day of evening events and at 3pm the day before daylong events. If not sold out, registration will be available at the door.

15. National Conference At-A-Glance: Domestic Violence, Mental Health & Trauma

A Safe Place will host its annual domestic violence conference on mental health, trauma and domestic violence at California Endowment, 1111 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94607. National and local leaders will present evidence-based models for professionals working with victims of domestic violence. In a special presentation, The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC) will provide insights into the impact of trauma and mental illness on domestic violence victims, with specific focus on communities of color.  Local mental health, domestic violence advocates, and other professionals working to address domestic violence are invited to attend and participate in this event.

16. SF LGBT Community Center Presents Economic Justice Month!

EJM is a month full of events happening this October with the goal of celebrating our success while raising visibility about the work that still needs to be done.


Check out our LGBTQ Career Fair, The Prepared Renter, and Managing Your Student Debt. A full list of our events is available at if you are interested in learning more!


If you have any questions please feel free to email me at or you can reach me at (415) 865-5534.

17. LGBT Faith-Based Internship Opportunity

University Chapel LGBT 2015-2016 Fellow.


University Chapel, the Episcopal/Lutheran Campus Ministry, in cooperation with Oasis California, a LGBTQ Christian outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church, is offering a fellowship position for a UC Berkeley undergraduate student.


The fellowship offers a stipend of $1000 for the fall semester with an additional program budget of $500. The Spring semester stipend is $1750 with an additional program budget of $1750. The student is expected to work in partnership with the University Chapel staff to create a program structure for LGBT students who are seeking a way to explore their sexuality within their faith tradition. The student will be expected to utilize the program budget towards events that increase outreach to students as well as to coordinate our trans day of remembrance service. The first semester is expected to be more exploratory while the second semester is more direct implementation. Finally it is hoped that some sort of outreach from the Berkeley LGBT student community to the homeless LGBT youth community of San Francisco might be coordinated.

The specific strategy of implementation is to be designed by the student in coordination with the chapel staff.


While the student need not be Episcopal or Lutheran it is helpful if the student is comfortable with the Christian faith.


Interested students should contact Tom Poynor ( with a brief summary of their interest in this project and what they might hope to accomplish through this fellowship. Inquiries are also encouraged.


University Chapel is an ecumenical Christian community that welcomes all through ancient ritual, sacred story, intellectual curiosity, and hopeful faith.