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Newsletter - April 27, 2016
Dear GenEq Community,
Our logo is a Mobius strip in the shape of a heart superimposed onto a black square, which both looks beautiful, but was also created this way for a reason.
A model of a Mobious strip can be made with a strip of paper by making a half twist with the strip and then joining the ends of the strip together to form a loop. The connection between GenEq and the Mobius strip is that the strip has no distinct inside or outside. The Mobius strip represents to us the fluidity of gender and sexuality while the strip’s non-orientation nature represents our commitment to a seamless delivery of services in collaboration with our campus partners.
The colors seen in this logo are various shades of purple.  We selected these shades because nationally three of our program areas—Women, LGBT,and Sexual and Dating Violence—are represented by these various shades of purple.  At the upper left corner of the logo the mobius heart is pushing beyond the boundary of the black box.  This is to represent our commitment to continually expanding the campus dialogue and understanding of the various resources and services within our center.
Of course, the choice of a heart shape represents our commitment to expanding these understandings from a place of love and respect for all.  We hope that when you see our logo it will remind you of our commitment to a safe and inclusive campus for all.
We are grateful to our colleagues in Campus Life and Leadership, and Residential and Student Services Programs for their assistance in the development of this logo. 
Marisa Boyce
Table of Contents
1. 16th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration - Registration Required!
2. Loving While Queer: Consent and Communication in LGBTQ+ Communities (4/27)
3. QACON16 - Register Today! (4/29-5/1)
4. QTPOC Conference @ UCB - Register or Submit a Workshop Proposal (4/29-5/1)
5. LGBTQ Talk - Drop In Counseling in Cesar Chavez Building (Weekly)
6. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month - #UCBSAAM
7. Untying the Knot: Hawaiian Nationalism & the (De)Colonial Politics of Sexuality (4/27)
8. TANG 360: Share your voice- LGBTQ+ specific discussions (4/28)
9. NEW - Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment Peer Education Program (undergraduates) (4/29)
11. WOC in Collaboration and Conflict Graduate Working Group: Call for Papers
12. Call for Contributors - The OUTCrowd Magazine
13. SLC Writing Program Research Workshops
14. Eracism Seminar
15. Survey - UC Berkeley Sexual/Dating Violence Prevention Efforts
16. Sacramento LGBT Fellowship Opportunity (5/6)
17. 3-credit study abroad in Thailand on Leading for LGBTQ+ Empowerment (6/3-6/26)
18. Recruiting Volunteers for Frameline40 LGBTQ Film Festival (6/16-6/26)
19. Summer Women in Mexico Spanish Program (7/9-7/22)
20. International Trans* Studies Conference (9/7-9/10)
21. Survey- Asian LGBT Life Quality Asessment
1. 16th Annual Lavender Graduation Celebration - Registration now open!
Friday, April 29th, 2016
Time: 6pm Reception, 6:30-8:30 Ceremony
Location: Alumni House, UC Berkeley
Lavender Graduation, now in its 16th year, is the UCB end of year celebration honoring UC Berkeley’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer graduating seniors, graduate students and allies. Everyone is invited to attend and celebrate the end of the academic year at Cal.
Registration:  Please fill out the registration FORM, to let us know you are attending.  It is particularly important for us to know the number of graduates so we may have a count for the rainbow tassels, your name will not appear on the program if you fill out the registration form after April 20th.  
**All graduates and guests must complete the registration form.**  
If you have any questions, please contact Billy Curtis at or call (510)643-0788
2. Loving While Queer: Consent and Communication in LGBTQ+ Communities (4/27)
Wednesday 4/27/2016
185 Barrows
Come out for a dialogue-based workshop designed by and for queer people to address sexual violence and creating consent culture in queer communities! We want to engage in active and lively discussion around the barriers to consent culture in queer spaces and how intersectionality affects queer experiences when it comes to consent and sexual violence. We also invite you to come for some collective brainstorming to address our varying needs for personal and community safety as queer students at Berkeley.
For disability-related accommodations see
Sponsored by the Gender Equity Resource Center and QARC
3. QACON16 - Register Today! (4/29-5/1)
Registration for the 9th Annual Queer & Asian Conference, In(di)visible,  is still going on! We encourage y’all to register to attend if you haven’t already and take part in exploring and learning more about the intersectionality of queer and Asian identities!
In(di)visible will be hosted at the University of California, Berkeley from Friday April 29th to Sunday May 1st, 2016. The conference is open to anyone interested in issues and topics related to queer and asian identity. A reminder: the entire conference (registration, volunteered housing, keynote speakers, workshops, and two included meals) is free! Please forward this email to all of your community members, and any group that may not have gotten the email.
This year we are collaborating with the Queer and/or Trans People of Color Conference at Cal, so both conference will be occurring on the same weekend,  Friday April 29th to Sunday May 1st, 2016, to make it easier for people travelling into the bay area for both conferences. There will be crossovers between both conferences, including a keynote from Dark Matter!
Workshop Presenters
Unfortunately, workshop applications are now closed.
Opening Performers
We are still inviting and welcoming all entertainers who want to perform at opening night on April 29th! You can apply to perform here. Feel free to share the link with anyone or any group interested in impressing with their talents! For further questions and information, please contact
Volunteers/Volunteered Housing
Our Conference would not be entirely possible without help from the community. Throughout the conference, community volunteers assist QACON16 by providing the necessary people power to run the conference. If you are interested in volunteering for the conference or providing housing for our attendees, take some time to complete our volunteer application. For further questions and information, please contact
Organization Contact Email
Our planning team is trying its best to outreach to the community, but you can help us spread the word! We are currently trying to update information in our database to keep our contacts up-to date. You’ve received this email because you’re listed as our person of contact for your community organization, and thus we will contact this email in the coming months to help spread word about QACON16. If you are no longer the contact point for your organization or if there is a preferred email through which emails should be directed, please respond back to us at so we can get these opportunities to the right groups and people!
For more information, visit our Website, or email We look forward to seeing you here!
4. QTPOC Conference 2016 @ UC Berkeley (4/29-5/1)
UC Berkeley | April 29th-May 1st
Registration/Workshop Form Release | February 24, 2016
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Hello Community Members!
We are excited to announce that the University of California, Berkeley has been chosen to host this year's Queer and/or Trans People of Color Conference from April 29-May 1! Our planning team is working night and day to make sure that our community members have a conference where they are able to share knowledge, engage in critical dialogues, and celebrate our lived experiences. Please help us ensure that our community members have the opportunity to attend the conference by forwarding the "Save-The-Date" to all of the Queer Organizations/Departments on your campus! Thank you very much for all of your help and the work you do to help our communities! If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at or visit our Facebook page at
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. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month - #UCBSAAM
Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UC Berkeley will feature more than a dozen events, rallies and trainings across campus to raise awareness about the issue of sexual and relationship violence. To learn more, please go to 
7. Untying the Knot: Hawaiian Nationalism & the (De)Colonial Politics of Sexuality (4/27)
The Center for Race & Gender Distinguished Guest Lecture Series presents…
Untying the Knot: Hawaiian Nationalism & the (De)Colonial Politics of Sexuality
Prof. J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Wesleyan University
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
5:30pm: Reception
6pm - 8pm: Lecture & Discussion
Location: 370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley
Location is wheelchair accessible. Event is free and open to the public.
More info.
J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University. After transferring from Irvine Valley College in 1989, she earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. She earned her PhD in History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 2000.  
Kauanui’s first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008).   Her second book project (in-progress), Thy Kingdom Come? Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty, is a critical study on land, gender and sexual politics and the tensions regarding indigeneity in relation to statist Hawaiian nationalism (contracted with Duke University Press).
8. TANG 360: Share your voice- LGBTQ+ specific discussions (4/28)
Share your voice, get $10 and feed your belly!
University Health Services, Tang Center is gathering feedback from communities we serve. Join one of our discussion sessions to help us better understand your needs, expectations, and ways we can improve our services. Your voice matters!
*All participants receive a $10 Target card or $10 Amazon eCard.  
*Boudin Bakery snacks will be served. All discussions held at Tang.
Tuesday 4/26
4-5pm - International students with or without SHIP
Thursday 4/28
5-6pm - LGBTQ students with or without SHIP
6:30-7:30pm - Graduate students with SHIP
Monday 5/2
3-4pm - Undergrads with SHIP
4:30-5:30pm - Undergrads + Grads without SHIP
>>SIGN UP HERE (signs up accepted until full):
Questions? Email
9. NEW - Sexual Violence & Sexual Harassment Peer Education Program (undergraduates) (4/29)
The CARE Sexual Assault Prevention & Student Advocacy Office is excited to announce the launch of a new undergraduate peer education program for the 2016-17 academic year.  Attached is a PDF with more information, which includes a link to the application.
Applications are due Friday, April 29-- please share widely among the students you know.
Stay tuned for information on an opportunity we will be offering for graduate students soon!
Let me know if you have any questions, concerns or feedback.
Many thanks,
Virginia Duplessis, MSW
Assistant Director of Sexual Assault Prevention 
The Townsend Center Queer Theory Working Group's Second Annual Conference: Queer Kinship!
In the spirit of kinship, we’re inviting queer forebears (accomplished academics), and in the spirit of queer, there will be music and cocktails!
This year's Queer Kinship Conference organizers are thrilled to release the schedule for this coming Sunday's conference in the Nestrick Room (142 Dwinelle Hall)!
10:30 - 11:00 Welcome with tea and sweets (all refreshments are vegan and BDS-compliant)
11:00 - 11:45 Keynote from Professor Damon Young + Q&A
11:50 - 1:00 Academic Open Mic* with snacks
1:00 - 2:00 Panel 1: Literature
2:05 - 3:05 Panel 2: Theory
3:10 - 4:10 Panel 3: Culture
4:15 - 6:30 Cocktails & Short Film Screening
*Yes, we're going to open the floor to participants who'd like to take 1-3 minutes to pitch an idea then lead a <5 minute discussion!
Feel free to join our conference facebook event page, and share the attached poster.
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Queer Kinship Conference
University of California, Berkeley
May 1, 2016, 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Nestrick Room (142 Dwinelle Hall)
FREE and Open to the Public
11. WOC in Collaboration and Conflict Graduate Working Group: Call for Papers
The Women of Color Collaboration and Conflict invite submissions on the theme of Witnessing and Testimony: Hurt, Healing, and Herstories from self-identified women/womyn of color undergraduate and graduate students at UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis and UC Berkeley, to be published in an upcoming journal produced by the WOC multi-campus working group and presented at a one day conference at UC Santa Cruz in Spring 2017. We will be collaboratively mentoring and supporting each other as writers, editors, students, teachers, and learners through an editing workshop which will be held in the Summer of 2016 at UC Santa Cruz.
The WOC Working Group looks forward to receiving submissions in response to the call, and we are happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties. All submissions and inquiries can be directed to WOC’s co-editors at:
12. Call for Contributors - The OUTCrowd Magazine
The OutCrowd Magazine, Cal’s first and only QTPOC (Queer and/or Trans People of Color) magazine, is still accepting applications for the following positions:
Sex & Health Editor
Narratives Editor
Staff Writers
Graphic Designers
Some topics that will be covered in this semester’s issue include: trans men in sex work, queerness as a mode of thinking, the fight to rename Barrows Hall, STEM majors & self-heteronormatization, and more! No experience necessary. Email with your resume to apply.
13. SLC Writing Program Research Workshops
Our research workshops support Cal undergraduates in their journey to become scholars. Come join us for a conversation about the function of research and explore the skills to strengthen your scholarly voice. Find out how you can animate the process of knowledge production and contribute to Cal’s mission as one of the world’s leading centers for research.
14. Eracism Seminar
Join us once a week in our welcoming seminar to explore a diversity of hot button issues around racism.  Each participant has the opportunity to steer and facilitate this seminar to include topics that are of particular interest to him/her.  Past topics have included:  power and privilege, LGBT stereotypes, bullying in schools and human trafficking of young girls in the Bay Area.  Free snacks every week as well as monthly field trips!
For more information about the Youth Development Programs call (510) 848-6370 or e-mail Download the Youth Dev. Application or come by the YWCA to pick up an application today!
15. UC Berkeley Sexual/Dating Violence Prevention Efforts
Many departments and offices on the UC Berkeley campus play important roles in the prevention of sexual and dating violence, and in the support of survivors of such violence. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to take take this survey to help the office of Cal's Confidential Care Advocate understand the resources and programs taking place across campus. Whether you are acutely aware of such resources or not, please take a few minutes to take the survey. Participants can opt to be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
16. Sacramento LGBT Fellowship Opportunity (5/6)
EQCA is looking for six engaged and ambitious LGBT students for a 4-week, paid fellowship experience working in a legislative office in the Capitol this summer.
The fellowship runs from June 6th to July 1st and there is a $3,000 stipend. We cover transportation costs to Sacramento, help find housing, and place fellows into different legislative offices where they work on a variety of legislative projects--it is a really stellar experience! This is a summary of last year's fellowship:
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 6. I have attached the application which goes into greater detail about the fellowship it self.
If you have any additional questions I can be reached at 323-848-9801.
17. 3-credit study abroad in Thailand on Leading for LGBTQ+ Empowerment (6/3-26)
Thailand provides a unique and multi-layered vantage point for understanding leadership for LGBTQ+ empowerment. Bangkok, where we will spend most of our time, is an international and regional hub, host to Asian-Pacific regional offices of the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and a number of regional and subregional LGBTQ+ initiatives.
On this program, you will explore the idea of self as international practitioner and the opportunities and ethical challenges that can come up for international practitioners. You will learn about LGBTQ+ communities and issues in Thailand, and how national and local communities interact with international and regional efforts. And, you will learn frameworks to deepen their analysis of social change and community impact.
18. Recruiting Volunteers for Frameline40 LGBTQ Film Festival (6/16-6/26)
Every June, over 400 volunteers from around the Bay Area log almost 5,000 hours to make the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival a success. Our amazing volunteers are vital team members in producing the premier showcase for the newest and brightest in LGBTQ cinema. Frameline volunteers serve in a variety of capacities across the festival, from box office to galas and receptions, from ticket taking to driving festival guests.
Perks include:
Vouchers for festival screenings
Meet film industry professionals and fellow film enthusiasts
Festival T-shirt
Volunteer Appreciation Party
Work off parking or traffic tickets incurred at various cities throughout the Bay Area
We ask all volunteers to commit to a minimum of three shifts over the course of the festival (approximately 12 hours). Your contributions are so valuable. Thank you for your enthusiasm and energy!