Q Center


September 26, 2014

Oly’s Back to School Special

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It’s September! The leaves are beginning to change color, the air is starting to feel brisker, and school is back in session. This compilation of answers covers a few topics that are more pertinent for the dawn of a new academic era, such as: how do I deal with living in a mixed-gender dorm full…


September 22, 2014

Welcome Luncheon – October 3, 12-1:30, HUB Lyceum

Lesbian? Gay? Straigh-ish? Trans*? Queer? Two-Spirit? Questioning? No labels needed? Excited about starting school? Us too! Keep celebrating the Q Center at the University of Washington‘s 10th anniversary and the ASUW Queer Student Commission‘s general awesomeness and come on over to the HUB to be welcomed and celebrated! We are kicking off the new year with a…


May 30, 2014

When Friends are Gross

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I am a cis female who is pretty feminine and recently came out as bi to some of my closest friends. A lot of them are men. Do you have any experience with or advice about combatting comments like “Can I watch?” or “That’s so hot!” when it comes to sex between two women? It…


May 23, 2014

To Flirt or Not To Flirt?

if i like another girl and im not sure she’s gay should i tell her/hit on her? im not really experienced at all Yeah! Why not. As I’ve addressed before, it’s not super easy to tell if someone’s queer or not. Someone can line up with all of your preconceived notions about what being queer looks…


May 20, 2014

Student Spotlight (Spring 2014)

The Q Center wishes farewell and a fabulous future to our graduating staff members! James, Ginger, and Lor filled us in on their favorite UW memory, the Q Center work they are most proud of, and what they look forward to after graduation. James, Ginger, & Lor James (they/them/their pronouns) Degree: BA in Anthropology Post-graduation plans: I’m really…


9th Annual Qolors Reception with Mia McKenzie

Q Center Staff with Mia McKenzie On April 9, the Q Center and the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center collaborated to host the annual Qolors Reception, celebrating and centering the experiences of queer and trans* people of color. Now in its ninth year, the reception drew a record crowd of 135 guests. The reception featured spoken…


Lavender Graduation 2014: Be Your Own Queen

  Every year, the Q Center and the ASUW Queer Student Commission host Lavender Graduation as a time for the UW queer, trans*, two-spirit, same-gender-loving, and allied communities to come together and celebrate our multiple identities, our accomplishments, and sheer AWESOMENESS. This year’s ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 10, from 6 – 8:30…


May 19, 2014

Bathroom Politics

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Hi Oly! I have an etiquette question for you. I am thrilled that UW is starting to designate some restrooms as gender-neutral. It’s a change that’s a long time in coming, and I’m sure it helps make the lives of trans* people a little easier. However, I’m cisgender, and I’m wondering if it’s ok for…


May 9, 2014

Lavender Graduation!!

Lavender Graduation 2014: Be Your Own Queen! A royally fierce celebration for the LGBTQ community, our friends, families, and allies! Tuesday, June 10th UW Tower Mezzanine Level Lounge 6:00 – 8:30 PM Everyone is welcome! Keynote speech & performance by Aleska Manila, —— To register, volunteer, or for more information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/lavgrad2014-volunteer. Register by June 4th!…


May 8, 2014

Q Center Pride Points

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We are proud to highlight a few of the Q Center’s accomplishments for the 2013-2014 academic year: Participation in our Queer Mentoring Program more than doubled in the last year.  We’re now serving 94 participants! We provided Safe Zone training to 530 people and counting… Our student-run blog, Dear Queer, is wildly popular! Check out…



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