[Nov. 22] Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! @ UW


Location: Husky Union Building (North Ballroom)
Date: 11.22.14 | 7PM

In collaboration with ASUW A&EASUW Queer Student Commission, and the Q Center at the University of Washington on November 22nd, lead singer and transgender-activist Laura Jane Grace of the band Against Me! will be speaking and performing an acoustic set at the University of Washington. As one of the first and most prominent rock musicians to come out as transgender, Laura Jane Grace is at the forefront of trans-activism. In 2012, Laura wrote an op-ed in Rolling Stone magazine, chronicling her journey over the past few years. And more recently the band Against Me! released the critically acclaimed album “Transgender Dysphoria Blues.” Against Me! is set to tour behind the new record in 2014 with an attitude perhaps best summed up by their lyrics: “No more troubled sleep. There’s a brave new world raging inside of me.”


Online: www.bit.ly/LJG_UW or at the HUB Front Desk.

• $8 UW w/ current ID
• $15 general admission
• 11.22.14 | 7PM @ North Ballroom of UW Hub



ASL interpreters and captioning are currently being organized. More details to come.

The building and ballroom are wheelchair accessible.

Bathrooms are on the same floor as the performance, and they will be made all-gender for the evening. Additionally, there is a universal restroom on the 3rd floor of the HUB (one floor above the ballroom) available for use.

We ask that you please be fragrance free. For the health and well being of community members with chemical sensitivity, please abstain from using scented cosmetics, clothing, etc. Baking soda will be provided. For more info:http://eastbaymeditation.org/accessibility/PDF/How-to-Be-Fragrance-Free-.pdf

To request another disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dhhreq@uw.edu.

[Oct. 10] National Coming Out Day Open Mic

Where: HUB 315

When: Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Do you want to be heard? Got too many words and too much music and too much dance for one person? Do you just have a lot of feelings about queerness? Well then come perform at our open mic! And if you’re not feeling the performance life, you are just as welcome to come watch and show support for your fellow queers!


Accessibility Statements:

– The HUB is wheelchair accessible through the main west entrance on the 1st floor. Once you enter, the elevtors are on the right.
– Please refrain from using scented products such as perfume, cologne and essential oils. The Q Center is scent-free in order to keep the space accessible for folks who are chemically injured and/or have MCS.

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at dso@u.washington.edu


[Oct. 14] An Evening with Janet Mock @ the University of Washington

Join the Q Center for a discussion with Janet Mock moderated by Dr. Jen Self!

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. The Q Center is currently selling advance copies at a discounted price of $20 (cash or check). Please call the Q Center at 206-897-1430 for more info or stop by HUB 315 to purchase books.

Event Details:

Doors open @ 6:30pm; general admission & no tickets required. Event begins at 7pm in Kane Hall 120. Book signing begins in the Kane Hall lobby @ 8:30pm.

The event will also be live streamed with closed captioning beginning at 7pm onwww.uwtv.org.

Directions to Kane Hall 120: http://www.washington.edu/maps/.

Driving North: Heading north on Interstate 5, take the NE 45th Street exit. Turn right onto NE 45th Street and continue east to 15th Avenue NE. The UW campus begins at the corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Avenue NE.

Driving South: Heading south on Interstate 5, take the NE 45th Street exit. Turn left onto NE 45th Street and continue east to 15th Avenue NE. The UW campus begins at the corner of NE 45th Street and 15th Avenue NE.

The Central Parking Garage is the nearest parking lot to Kane Hall. Accessible parking is available. Please make parking arrangements at the gatehouse upon entering the garage or contact UW Commuter Services:http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/commuterservices/parking. There may also be street parking surrounding the campus on 15th Ave and University Way NE.

Kane Hall’s front entrance and room 120 are wheelchair accessible, and room 120 is on the first floor.

An all-gender, accessible restroom is located on the basement level of Kane Hall.

Kane Hall is not kept scent-free, but we ask that you do not wear scented/frangranced/smoke exposed outerwear into the room in order to make the space more accessible to those with chemical injury or multiple chemical sensitivity. We will have baking soda available for folks to wash off scents.

Flash photography will be used during the event. Some shots of the crowd may be taken from a distance.

Kane Hall is a classroom space with overhead lighting. Because of the timing of the event and few windows, there will be minimal/no natural light.

If you have questions, concerns, or accessibility details that were not addressed here, please call 206-897-1430 or email Jaimee at jaimeem@uw.edu.

Janet Mock Event Poster

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 luncheon featuring free food, great speakers, and lots of fun for all!

Community, alumni, faculty, and staff are welcome to come support our new and returning students at this annual luncheon. Be there for all or part of the fun!

welcome luncheon 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 http://tinyurl.com/lavgrad2014-volunteer. Register by June 4th!

Link for graduates to register (for web): http://tinyurl.com/uwlavgrad-register



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: http://www.washington.edu/maps/

-University District Metro Bus Routes can be found here: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus/neighborhoods/university_district.html

-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 jaimeem@uw.edu. 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 www.virgietovar.com.

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 info@wrihc.org.

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