HERE: Healing, Engaging, Reclaiming, Empowering

Queer Awareness Days: April 16 to 29
April 16–29, 2012

Queer Awareness Days -- Calendar of Events

Queer Awareness Days 2012
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Every April, Queer Awareness Days creates visibility for the on-campus queer communities across the campus and across our own spaces. The LGBTQ connection is one that transcends race, social status, income, and our other identities (both actual and perceived).

This can be a challenge when it comes to voicing our individual concerns, but we stand united in solidarity
as LGBTQ peoples and allies in the face of discrimination, expectations, and various barriers. This year’s theme brings attention to queerness, in all its forms, to the entire campus community: students, staff, and faculty.

voices from LGBTQ communities!

If you want to add an LGBTQ event to the online calendar, please email Marisa

Check back at before and during Queer
Awareness Days for the most recent information! Print calendar coming soon!

April 17-19 & April 24-26

Cal Student-Athlete Gay-Straight Alliance Tabling
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Upper Sproul

Our purpose is to battle homophobia in Division I NCAA athletics. For more information, contact

Monday -- 4/16

LGBT Campus History Tour
Learn about the LGBT history of the UC Berkeley Campus!
Noon -1:30 p.m.
Meet at the west face of Sather Tower

We'll walk through the center of campus talking about the sites, scenes, and
people of Cal’s LGBT history, dating back to the 1880s. Learn about 19th
century lesbian philanthropists, the beginnings of gay civil rights activism
and student organizations on Berkeley in the 60s, and how our "gay statue"
came about.

Tour Guides
Bill Benemann is a Cal staff person in the Law Library at the Berkeley Law
School and Steve Finacom is a Cal staff person in Capital Projects.

Questions? Emily: or 643.2601
For more information about LGBT History at Cal, see

Sponsored by LavenderCal (

Women's Townhall
6 - 7:30 p.m.
155 Dwinelle

The Cal community is home to a richly diverse group of women students. We
would like to hear your perspective on women's issues and campus resources.
Come to the Women's Town Hall to have your voice heard! All welcome.

We welcome all persons who ever have, currently or ever will identify as

Questions? Contact
For disability related accommodations, see

Sponsored by the Gender Equity Resource Center

Tuesday -- 4/17

QPOC Leaders on Organizing, Leadership and Coalition Building
6:30 - 8 p.m.
GenEq (202 Chavez)

QPOC Together is collaborating with YQUE, Q & A, Biyuti, Khush, Zawadi, and
other QPOC leaders to have a panel of members from different intersections
of the QPOC campus community to talk about the work that they do in order to
foster communication and build solidarity. Questions we will be discussing
include: What does a vibrant QPOC community on campus look like to you? What
are important issues facing specific spaces? Come join our discussion and
contribute your voice!


QPOC Together is a monthly community forum and chill space for
queer-identified students of color at UC Berkeley. No matter how you
identify: same-gender loving, queer, butch/femme, fluid, gay, lesbian,
bisexual, transgender, downe, etc. (Formerly known as QPOC Talk)

Questions? Contact Dee at
For disability-related accommodation at
QPOC Together is a discussion group of the Gender Equity Resource Center.

ENVISION: White Anti-Racist Network @ GenEq
6:30 - 8 p.m.
201 B Cesar Chavez

At this month's ENVISION meeting we will focus on how sexual orientation,
gender identity and queer identities intersect with race and antiracist
work in celebration of Queer Awareness Days. This will focus on those of you
who are in queer spaces on campus or may interact with queer spaces, and
will also be informative for those not in queer spaces but seeking another
lens through which we can understand how intersections of race, gender, and
sexuality show up in all our communities.

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 antiracist practices and serves as a supplement
to social justice work in other spaces on campus.

*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? Contact Marisa at
ENVISION is a discussion group of the Gender Equity Resource Center

Wednesday -- 4/18

No Look Pass Screening
3 - 5 p.m.
MCC (200 MLK)

The APA Student Development Office is hosting a screening of "No Look Pass" -- the coming-of-age American Dream story of Emily "Etay" Tay, a first-generation Burmese immigrant from Chinatown, Los Angeles, who breaks all of the rules of tradition. After living a double life at Harvard University, she strives to play professional basketball in Germany, while coming out as a lesbian. Emily's dreams are no slam dunk -- family, race, and Don't Ask Don't Tell conspire
against her, firing her passions on and off the court.

Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Development Office

A Day in the Life of a Queer Person of Color Film Screening
Last Chance of the Semester!
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location TBD

Through a year-long workshop, a group of queer students of color at Berkeley
engaged in their own filmmaking journeys to produce a series of unique short
films. This is the last chance to catch this amazing cinematic experience
for this semester!

Questions? Contact Antmen at
Brought to you by the GenEq-MCC Liaison.
Sponsored by the Multicultural Community Center and the Gender Equity Resource Center.

M^3: Men Masculinities and Manhood Discussion Group Meeting
6 - 7 p.m.
89 Dwinelle

Interested in talking about the nuances, difficulties, and pleasures of
masculinity? Want a space in which to comfortably talk about the various
forms in which manhood takes? Or to simply discuss what exactly the phrase
"being a man" means?

For questions, please contact
For disability-related accommodations, please go to
M^3 is a discussion group of the Gender Equity Resource Center.

Queer Grads Happy Hour (21+)
6 - 8 p.m.
The Bears Lair

Join Queer Grads for a casual and fun night of drinks at The Bears Lair!

Queer Grads provides a community for queer graduate students and their peers
without a particular disciplinary focus. Queer Grads offers informational
referrals and aid in navigating University services for LGBTIQ graduate
students, an arena for activism and substantive intellectual discussion, and
opportunities for LGBTIQ social networking

See the Queer Grads Facebook Group for contact information:

Cal Q & A General Meeting: Casino Night Social
7:30 - 9 p.m.
QARC (305 Eshleman)

Join Cal Queer & Asian for a fun-filled, exciting social!

Check out our Calendar for all upcoming events!

Thursday -- 4/19

Queering the Gaps: Queer Men of Color, Resistance and Accountability
5 - 6:30 p.m.
GenEq (202 Chavez)

Queering the Gaps is a short film by Alex Tan and Antmen Pimentel Mendoza
created through the UC Berkeley's Multicultural Community Center and Gender
Equity Resource Center collaborative project known as Day in the Life of a
Queer Person of Color that brings forth the narratives of a number of queer
men of color.

Through the screening of the short film on discourses of
manhood and masculinity and group discussions, this workshop seeks to
empower participants to articulate the needs for healing for folks with
intersectional identities while continuing to be intentional about
anti-oppressive and solidarity work.

Brought to you by the GenEq-MCC Liaison. Sponsored by the Multicultural
Community Center and the Gender Equity Resource Center.

YQUE! and oSTEM Collaborative General Meeting
7 - 9 p.m.
QARC (305 Eshleman)

Young Queers United for Empowerment and Out in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math collaborate on a general meeting on identities and

YQUE on Facebook:
oSTEM on Facebook:

Oscar Wilde Open House
7 - 10 p.m.
Oscar Wilde House -- 2410 Warring Street, Berkeley

Come and join us for our first Open House at Oscar Wilde! Drop by for snacks
and social mixing with our community and learn about our rich house history
as one of the first LGBTQIA themed cooperative houses in the United States.
Maybe you will live with us one day!

ADA Accessible

Saturday -- 4/21

QARC Officer and Representative Board Meeting
4 - 5 p.m.
QARC (305 Eshleman)

Curious about how funds are allotted to queer organization and events?
Interested in collaborations of on-campus queer leadership? Sit in on the
Queer Alliance & Resource Center’s board meeting! Representatives from
various queer organizations meet to discuss community-wide issues and

Monday -- 4/23

Big Queer Picnic
Noon - 2 p.m.
Memorial Glade

Join us for the Big Queer Picnic on Memorial Glade! There will be balloons, merriment, mingling, and the CAL BAND! Bring your lunch and prepare to Heal, Engage, Reclaim, and Empower as we celebrate Queer Awareness Days.

Sponsored by the Gender Equity Resource Center, Queer Alliance and Resource
Center, Cal Queer & Asian, Queer Straight Alliance, and you!

T-Cal: A Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Space at Cal
Panel of UC Berkeley Trans* Experiences -- Open to Allies!
5-6:30 p.m.
GenEq (202 Chavez)

A panel of UC Berkeley students and staff will be talking about their
experiences on campus, and in general. While T-Cal is usually a space
reserved for the transgender community, this meeting is designed to give
allies an opportunity to learn, show support and build community!

T-Cal is a sponsored group of the Gender Equity Resource Center.
Questions? Contact Marisa at

Tuesday -- 4/24

Re-telling the Pacific; Queer Pacific Islander Communities
5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
GenEq (202 Chavez)

This roundtable includes Pacific Islander queer activists, scholars, and
community leaders in conversation about the aftermath of Prop 8 in Pacific
Islander communities in California. They will talk about combating racism,
sexism, classism, and homophobia in the mainstream culture and within Pacific
Islander communities.

Questions? Contact Fui at
For disability-related accommodations, see\

Intersectionalities of Queer and Undocumented Issues
Workshop & Panel
7:30 - 9 p.m.
GenEq (202 Chavez)

The first portion of the event is a workshop with Vanessa Coe (Lead
Organizer, API Equality -- Northern California at UC Berkeley alumni) workshop
aims to explore the ways in which LGBTIQ issues and Undocumented issues
relate to one another. We will work at the intersection to discover how we
can better build a multi -- issue movement that includes the unique lived
experiences of both communities. After the workshop will be a panel with
queer undocumented students talking about their experiences at UC Berkeley.

Questions? Contact Marisa at
For disability-related accommodations see

QSA: End-of-the-Semester Party!
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
155 Barrows.

Wednesday -- 4/25

LGBTQ Issues at UC Berkeley
Wednesday, April 25
Gender Equity Resource Center (202 Chavez)

Come join members of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the LGBT
Community at Cal for a discussion of our most recent briefing papers.
Ideas, issues, and concerns about being LGBT and a member of the Berkeley
community? Be at this roundtable dialogue to voice yourself. As a
representative body of Berkeley's LGBT student, staff, and faculty
community, our efforts are null without your input.

Questions? Contact Tim Lafond at

GenEq Internship Info-Session
4 - 5 p.m.
GenEq (202 Chavez)

Passionate about women's issues, LGBT issues, and/or ending sexual and
relationship violence? Come learn about internship opportunities at GenEq,
which include positions like Spectrum Peer Educators (who lead workshops for
student groups, De-Cals and more), program assistants who plan and execute
GenEq events and projects) and more!

Join a community of students and staff who are committed to creating change on campus and beyond! For more information about internships, see

Questions? Contact Marisa at
For disability-related accommodations see

Women's Chat Circle: Spirituality
5 - 7 p.m.
MCC (200 MLK)

Our April Chat Circle is focused on spirituality. This discussion group is
designed to give women of all colors, sexualities, and experiences a space to
exchange ideas, give advice and voice their concerns related to a topic of
the month. There will be light refreshments!

Questions? Contact

Sponsored by the Gender Equity Resource Center

For disability-related accommodations see

Cal Q & A General Meeting: Hopes, Dreams, and Workplace Discussion
7:30 - 9 p.m.
QARC (305 Eshleman)

Join Cal Queer & Asian as they engage in a gripping dialogue!

Check out our calendar for all upcoming events:

Thursday -- 4/26

Art and Allyship: (Re)Imagine, (Re)create, (Re)define Allyship
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Oscar Wilde Co-op: 2410 Warring Street, Berkeley

Art and Allyship will be a night of performance and visual art created by
multiple communities for the event. What does it mean to be an ally and how
do we navigate our identities in different spaces?

How can we be allies to communities we are not a part of and how can we be allies within our own
communities? Being an ally is more than just a checklist; there are multiple experiences and definitions in doing ally work that we should create for ourselves. Join us in exploring the multiplicity of allyship through art!

Sponsored by CalSlam, Gender Equity Resource Center, Raza Recruitment and
Retention Center, Berkeley National Organization for Women, Female Sexuality
De-Cal, Queer Straight Alliance, Multicultural Community Center

Questions? Email
For disability-related accommodations see

YQUE! General Meeting: Queer Latin@ Short Films
7 - 9 p.m.
QARC (305 Eshleman)

Young Queers United for Empowerment will be screening three student-made
short films focusing on the intersections of queer and Latin@ identities.

YQUE on Facebook:

oSTEM General Meeting
(Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
7:30 - 9 p.m.
240 Bechtel

oSTEM is a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, LGBTQ-affirming corporation whose
mission is to:

-- Provide services and support for students of sciences, technology,
engineering, and mathematics.
-- Create a dynamic network between students and professionals in industry and
-- Provide education, outreach, and professional resources to high school
-- Actively recruit and address the needs of diverse groups within the LGBTA
community, inclusive of those who are historically underrepresented with
regards to gender and ethnic background.

oSTEM on Facebook:

Friday -- 4/27

**Lavender Graduation Celebration
6 p.m.: Reception
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Ceremony
Alumni House

Join 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).

Dress: Informal, fabulous, drag, no academic regalia

We ask that all attendees (graduates, guests, family, friends, etc.) RSVP at

Sponsored by the Gender Equity Resource Center

Questions? Contact Billy at
For disability-related accommodations see

5th QACON: Collide, Connect, Create
5 - 7 p.m.: Registration
7 - 9:30 p.m.: Opening Night

For the past few years, the Queer & Asian Conference at UC Berkeley has
focused on our identities and how they interact with the environment around
us. As our Queer and Asian community continues to grow and change, we look
towards developing a space where both leaders and newcomers alike can come
together to sustain momentum in the multiple movements we are part of.

This year’s conference -- Collide, Connect, Create -- invests in the
opportunities created when we engage in each other’s struggles, share
resources, foster political education, and cultivate leadership among
students and between movements.

Our goal is to provide a forum for
individuals, communities, and issues to collide; to connect and build
coalition networks; and to create strategies to work across differences.

Whether you are working on a particular campaign, reclaiming a Queer and
Asian identity, or discovering new ways of self-care, we invite you to join
us for a weekend of thoughtful dialogue, social bonding, and Queer and Asian

Berkeley Builds Capacity will be offering on-site testing!

For more information see