An Evening with Janet Mock @ the University of Washington

Join the Q Center for a moderated discussion with Janet Mock! A book signing and meet and greet will follow the discussion.
All meet & greet participants must have a copy of Janet Mock’s book, Redefining Realness. Beginning in September, the Q Center is selling advance copies at a discounted price of $20 (cash or check). Please call the Q Center at 206-897-1430 or stop by HUB 315 for more information or to purchase.

***Doors open @ 6:30pm, event begins at 7pm in Kane Hall 120***

More event details coming soon!

Janet Mock Event Poster

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,

Lav Grad Slide

To register, volunteer, or for more information, please visit Register by June 4th!

Link for graduates to register (for web):



The UW Tower is near the UW campus at 4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105, near Hotel Deca and the Neptune Theater. For a map, search UW TOWER on the campus map:

-University District Metro Bus Routes can be found here:

-Driving directions:
From I -5 (Exit NE 45th), East on 45th. The Tower will be on the right side between 12th and Brooklyn facing 45th.

-Brooklyn Avenue is closed in front of Tower, please make parking arrangements on the street, on campus, or in the Hotel Deca parking lot)

-Parking at the UW Tower and on campus is $15. Parking is also available for a fee in the surface lot behind Hotel Deca.

-The UW Tower is wheelchair-accessible via the lobby entrance located on the plaza, west of the lobby security desk. Persons wishing to enter through the accessible entrance can do so by motioning to the lobby security officer who is able to remotely unlock the doors. Disability parking is available in the Tower garage, from which the building is accessible via the skybridge into the C-2 area of the building.

-An all-genders restroom can be found on every floor of the ECC, as well as binary bathrooms with multiple stalls.

-The UW Tower is not kept scent-free but we ask that you do not wear scented/fragranced products (e.g. perfume, hair products) or essential oils to/in the event in order to make the space accessible to those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity.

-We ask that smokers also store their coats/outer clothing that is regularly exposed to smoke outside the event space if possible (we will provide space for these items). We will have a scent-free area that is monitored by volunteers. We will have baking soda and scent free soap available if folks are asked to wash off scents.

-For more information about MCS and being fragrance free:

- ASL interpretation will be provided.

-Flash photography will be used during the reception. Some shots of the crowd may also be taken. The keynote will also be recorded, however audio and video will be focused on the speaker.

-The Mezzanine Cafeteria is a lounge/reception space, with overhead and natural lighting. There are large windows facing south.

-If you have questions, concerns or accessibility details that were not addressed here OR if you wish to volunteer, email All updates concerning the event and its accessibility will be posted here.

“Constructing & Performing the ‘Fat Bitch:’ Irreverence as Queer Cultural Production” with Virgie Tovar

“Constructing & Performing the ‘Fat Bitch:’ Irreverence as Queer Cultural Production” with Virgie Tovar

6:15-7:30pm Tuesday, April 22nd

Odegaard 220

Join the Q Center in bringing Virgie Tovar to UW to talk about constructing and performing the “fat bitch” from a fat, feminist, queer, woman of color perspective.

About Virgie: Virgie Tovar is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, 2012). She is one of the nation’s leading lecturers and activists in the area of fat discrimination. She holds an MA in Sexuality Studies with a concentration on the intersections of size, race and gender. She has been featured by Al Jazeera, NPR, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, and the San Francisco

Find her online at

API Sexuality and the Media

Have you ever thought about how media impacts the way you view your sexuality?

How does being API in the United States influence the way you think about gender roles and relationships?

Join API Chaya in collaboration with FASA sa UW as we explore these questions together on Wednesday, February 12 at the Ethnic Cultural Center in the Native Room from 4-6pm!

API Chaya is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to end systemic violence in our communities.

We envision a community free from violence. The mission of the API Chaya is to organize communities; to educate, train, and offer technical assistance; and to provide comprehensive culturally relevant services on domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking to Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander community members, service providers, survivors, and their families. We are one of the few organizations in the country that serves Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander community members, survivors, and their families. We also assist mainstream service providers who serve API refugees and immigrants.

Visit API Chaya‘s website for more information!

Qmmunity Building! (Winter Quarter)

Join us in the Q Center Mondays this winter for Q-mmunity Building!
We’ll be having weekly events to build community, make friends, de-stress, and be super queer together!

You’re invited to CRAFTERNOON DELIGHT! Crafternoon Delight is a craft circle hosted in the Q Center (HUB 315) on Mondays from 12:30-1:30. Hang out with queers and make cute crafts! We will supply the materials, but feel free to bring some of your own.

The first time we meet will be Monday, February 3rd. We’ll be making patches!

Uncensored: Gender, Sexuality, & Social Movements in Global Health

Uncensored: Gender, Sexuality, & Social Movements in Global Health

REGISTER NOW for the 11th Annual
Western Regional International Health Conference (WRIHC)

April 4-6, 2014
University of Washington | Seattle, WA 
WRIHC Student Committee | UW Chapter of GlobeMed | UW Department of Global Health

Dear Friends of Global Health:

A team of 30 students from across the University schools and departments have organized a conference around powerful topics in the margins of most discussions in global health — a deeper understanding of social and political movements, diverse sexualities and sexual health, gender-based violence, reproductive rights, global discrimination against the LGBTQ community, income inequality, and universal access to health care. With over 20 sponsors, and an additional 11 co-sponsors, the conference will feature perspectives from multiple disciplines, cultures and communities. The Western Regional Health Conference is for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge base about global health, and the impact of movements to improve health globally!

The keynote speaker is Stella Nyanzi, PhD, with the Makerere Institute of Social Research at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Her current research is focused on the politicization of sexuality in contemporary Uganda – with an emphasis particularly on unpacking mainstream religious framing of and contestations about sexual citizenship. Dr. Nyanzi is also conducting research about the vulnerability and resilience of young refugee and displaced women in Uganda towards HIV/AIDS. She is a featured author in the book, African Sexualities, which features many scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa.

We are offering a special registration rate through January 31:

Special Deal through January 31: Students $40 | Non-students $75.
Early Bird February 1-March 20: Students $50 | Non-students $100.
Regular Rates after March 21: Students $75 | Non-students $150.
Register now to get this rate before it goes up! Your registration includes attendance at any and all events on a first come, first served basis including 18 dynamic and thought-provoking breakout sessions in six categories; continental breakfast; admission to an evening film screening; poster sessions; and coffee breaks where you can network with colleagues and prominent organizations in the field!

If you have any questions, please write us at

We look forward to a great conference!


Best regards on behalf of the Student Planning Committee,

Mariel Boyarsky, MPHc
Western Regional International Health Conference (WRIHC) Coordinator



Winter Social Events!

Q Center Winter Dawg Daze Social

The Q Center is a fierce primarily student-run resource center dedicated to serving anyone with a gender or sexuality. Come by on Thursday, January 9th at 3:30 to learn more about the Q Center, eat sweets, meet new people, and play video games!

oSTEM Meeting

oSTEM is back and ready for our first meeting of the quarter! The point of this meeting is to welcome you into the new quarter and introduce yourself to the oSTEM community. So come around to say hi to new friends or greet old ones. There will be food!

When and Where: Thursday January 9th 4:30-5:30pm @ the Q Center***

oSTEM stands for Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We aim to unite the LGBTQQIA students studying science, technology, engineering, and math to foster a strong professional and social network and to promote LGBTQQIA awareness within the academic and professional communities.

***- oSTEM’s meeting will be held along with the Q Center’s Social

Queer Sex Ed

Queer Sex Ed

Date & Time: December 3 | 6:00-7:30PM
Location: Savery 264
–Facebook event link–


Everything you wanted to know about queer sex but had no one to ask about it!

The Queer Student Commission has gathered a team of panelists who are experts in and extremely knowledgable about queer sex to answer any and all questions you may have about bodies, minds and the ways they can interact with each other in a nonheteronormative and noncisnormative context. Debunk all the myths you may have heard in high school or ask anything you’ve wanted to know about how bodies work.

The experts on our panel are Tobi Hill-Meyer, Seattle-based trans activist and educator, Allena Gabosch, director of the Center for Sex Positive Culture, Mac McGregor, trans activist and educator and City of Seattle LGBTQI Sensitivity Trainer, and Nik Fuentes, Babeland Sex Educator, and they will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

Note about accessibility: Please refrain from wearing scented products, as we want to keep the space as scent-free as possible. Savery 264 is wheelchair accessible via the southeast entrance and has elevators to the second floor. ASL interpretation available upon request. If you have any questions, contact Kristen Blackburn at

Trans* Day of Remembrance Events

Trans* Day Of Remembrance (TDOR) a national event!

Join the QSC and the Q Center in a day of action of remembrance for the trans people we’ve lost to transphobic and transmisogynistic attacks in the past year. On the Trans Day of Remembrance, November 20th, we will be outside of the HUB entrance during the 12:20-12:30 passing period holding signs and speaking out against transphobic and transmisogynistic violence. Afterwards, there will be a space for building community together in the Q Center, with snacks.

Craft materials to make the signs can be found in the Q Center, HUB 315, and will be available all week, so if you have free time come in and make a sign for the day! The goal is to have a bunch of signs that bring awareness to and condemn the violence that many trans people face in their day to day lives, be that symbolic or physical violence.

If you want to speak during the time of action (we’ll have a megaphone for people to speak their piece through) or if you have any questions about the event, contact Kristen Blackburn at


Trans* Day of Remembrance

QYS will also be hosting an event put on by various COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS & ORGANIZATIONS!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 5-8PM

QYS – 911 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122 Buzz #202 to be let in WE DO HAVE: Elevator, Gender neutral restroom, + FRAGRANCE FREE plz to make QYS more accessible

Trans* Day of Remembrance
It is a time set aside each year to memorialize those killed due to transphobia. this will be a space for our Seattle transgender/trans* and allied communities to mourn & heal collectively.

We hope to do a different kind of Trans Day of Remembrance. Some things that will differ from the National model include:
• Focusing on the ways trans & gender variant people lived, not died
• Avoiding Trauma Tourism: Identifying the ways in which trans people often only get talked about/ noticed in negative/ violent contexts
• Centering & prioritizing voices of those most affected by transphobia & violence (including trans women, trans people of color, youth)
• Creating an altar where we can remember people who we’ve lost to institutional violence as well (lack of access to healthcare, mental health svc, housing, mistreatment in services/ schools/ jobs, etc)
• Sound Healing and Meditation by Noory Lee and Curry Knox, Zenyu

CONFIRMED Co-Cosponsors include: Queer Youth Space, Ingersoll Gender Center, Seattle UNiversity Office of Multicultural Affairs, SU Triangle Club, SU GenderGalaxy, Zenyu, The NW Network of Bi Trans Lesbian Gay Survivors of Abuse, UW Q Center, Gender Justice League, Trans* Lives Matter


For questions, email: