[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.

Student Spotlight (Fall 2014)

Meet our new and fabulously fierce student staff, and learn what they are working on this year!

Eliza, Dennis, and Natalie

Pictured: Eliza Wu, Dennis Coy Denman, and Natalie Yocum

Eliza Wu

Pronouns: she/her; they/them
Role @ Q Center: Outreach Coordinator, QPOCA member
Other involvement: Drama BA Council member, School of Drama Advisory Board member
Year/Major: Senior in English and drama
What are you excited to work on this year? I am so excited to be engaging with our UW Q community, seeing and bringing in new faces. I’m especially looking forward to planning more outreach events in the coming year.
What mythical, magical animal would you be? A mer-fairy. Think a mermaid… WITH WINGS.


Natalie Yocum

Pronouns: ze/hir/hirs or they/them/theirs
Role @ Q Center: Queer People of Color Advocate
Other Involvement: Facilitates Advo-QTs (queer and trans advocacy and activism), helps with QPOCA, Communications Director for the Young Democrats at the University of Washington, 499 student researcher on Project DART, Peer Health Educator, practices Aerial Silks
Year/Major: 2nd-year transfer student (junior), psychology major, GWSS/dance minors
What are you excited to work on this year? Open mics/events where we get to share stories, and kicking it with my awesome co-workers.
What mythical magical animal would you be? Maybe a dragon spirit?


Dennis Coy Denman

Pronouns: he/him
Role @ Q Center: Queer Mentoring Program Coordinator
Year/Degree: 1st-year master’s student in leadership in higher education program
What are you excited to work on this year? I’m excited about helping to share Q center resources with the campus partners and grad students.
What mythical, magical animal would you be? A fire-breathing dolphin.

An Evening with Janet Mock

Janet Mock and Q Center Director Jen Self

For more pics like these, follow us on Instagram @uwqcenter.

On October 14, the Q Center’s Director, Jen Self, moderated a discussion with Janet Mock, a writer, an advocate for trans women’s rights and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Janet spoke on a wide range of topics and answered students’ questions about her book, talked about living at the intersections of identities and provided commentary on pop culture and current events. The event packed Kane Hall and drew hundreds of viewers via the live web broadcast, resulting in the single largest event the Q Center has ever hosted!

The Q Center would like to extend a special thank you to our co-sponsors, Rainbow Grads and the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center and Theater. For those who were unable to attend, the Q Center has a recording that can be viewed in the center or online here (a UW Net ID is required to access the video). Photos and comments from the night are also viewable online on Tagboard.

Welcome Back! The 11th Annual Welcome Luncheon

The Q Center Welcome Luncheon, held on Friday, October 3, welcomed students, faculty and staff members to the beginning of the academic school year. The Q Center, now in its 11th year at the UW, facilitates and enhances a brave, affirming, liberating and celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff and alumni of all sexual and gender orientation, identities and expressions.

Q Center Director Jen Self and Assistant Director Jaimée Marsh

Pictured: Jen Self (Director) and Jaimée Marsh (Assistant Director)

Every year, in collaboration with the ASUW Queer Student Commission, the luncheon kicks off with free food, dynamic speakers and fun for everyone. This year, more than 150 people attended, including first-year and returning undergraduates and graduate students, as well as members of the Queer Faculty and Staff Association. Our Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Dr. Ed Taylor, greeted everyone and we heard an inspirational keynote speech by the Q Center’s very own Assistant Director, Jaimée Marsh. She gave us life, she gave us hope and she celebrated the identities that make us all who we are. The food was great and the MC was hilarious! Q folks left with more than a free sandwich – they walked out of the HUB Lyceum equipped with the resources, knowledge, and supportive community to be successful this academic school year.


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 looking forward to not having to read or write anything I don’t want to read or write anymore… Also, getting to spend more time with people! 

Proud Q Center work: So far, I am really happy about the different collaborations that have been happening out of the Q Center, especially with Qolors 2014, Queer API Narratives and just how much the presence of Queer People of Color has grown in different ways around campus. 

Favorite UW memory: My favorite UW memory has been meeting everyone that I have through the Queer People of Color Alliance (QPOCA) and being able to go to Queer Students of Color Conference (QSOCC) with them last year and again this year!



Ginger Colamussi (she/her/hers pronouns)

Degree: Master’s of Social Work (MSW)

Post-graduation plans: After graduation, I am looking forward to joining a nonprofit youth development organization that empowers young people to make healthy decisions, achieve their goals, and create positive change in their communities and in the world. In my personal time, I am also looking forward to reading for pleasure, hiking in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, and spending more time with my amazing partner, Kelly, and my sweet dog, Boots.

Proud Q Center work: I have been the Queer Mentoring Program Coordinator for two years during my MSW program. I am most proud of growing the number of participants in this program to nearly 100 people! It’s been an incredibly exciting and humbling opportunity to meet so many motivated and engaged queer students, staff, faculty, and alumni at UW!

Favorite UW memory: My favorite UW memory is having the opportunity to see Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speak on campus. What a warm, brilliant, and inspiring woman! <<Swoon>>



Lor (masculine/them/they pronouns)

Degree: Master’s of Social Work (MSW)

Post-graduation plans: Aside from scoring a job that fits with my professional focus of working with LGBTQ+ youth and families, I’m looking forward to reading something totally not related to school work and reconnecting with friends who I have not been able to spend much quality time with these past two years.

Proud Q Center work: The support work with various students and developing the grad school class for next spring.

Favorite UW memory: Hum…the many discussions over various libations in Shultzy’s with various cohort members and the laughter from a few folks in the Q Center over this year.


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 word performances from two fierce Seattle youth, a community art piece, and a video project documenting the rich history of Qolors and its importance to the campus community. Mia McKenzie (founder and chief editor of the blog, Black Girl Dangerous) offered a candid keynote speech illuminating the theme, “We are enough. Reclaiming our power.”

View Mia McKenzie’s keynote speech.

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 p.m. in the UW Tower Mezzanine Lounge. We are excited to announce that local activist and Drag Empress, Aleksa Manila, will offer words for the graduates in celebration of our theme, “2014: Be Your Own Queen!” Read more about our royally fierce keynote speaker.


Participation in the Lavender Graduation ceremony is open to undergraduate and graduate/professional students who are eligible for graduation in the 2013-2014 (including fall 2014) academic year. Attendance is open to all other students, alumni and friends. Guests do not have to be graduating students or of a certain sexual or gender identity/orientation/expression to attend this year-end celebration. Everyone is welcome. If you would like more information about the ceremony or want to volunteer, please contact Jaimée Marsh at jaimeem@uw.edu or (206) 897-1430. To participate in the ceremony, graduates must register by June 4. We look forward to celebrating with you!

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Q Center Pride Points

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 the four new blog posts from spring quarter.
  • We have over 1,600 Facebook followers! Like our Facebook page and/or join the Q Center’s Facebook group for daily updates from the Q.
  • We added 45 new books to our lending library.
  • We initiated several new programs, including three new support groups (Lavender Circle, Global Q, Trans*/GenderQueer), weekly walk-in advising hours, a healthy relationship workshop, a healthy sexuality series, and weekly social programming.
  • We collaborated with 29 different campus partners and community organizations on programming!  For instance, our collaboration with the Hub, Facilities, the Office of Planning and Budgeting, and the Office of Title IX & ADA Compliance has led to the creation of more gender neutral restrooms in the core of campus!

welcome to the q photoDid you know?

Did you know that the Q Center remains open during the summer? Our summer hours are: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and by appointment after hours.