Check out the events that happen on a weekly recurring basis!

Our Peer Groups help with social support and community building while Drop-In Hours connect you to student staff and other collaborators that can help you find resources.

 LGBTQIA+ Peer Groups Resource Drop In Hours Online and Local Events

LGBTQIA+ Peer Groups

Peer Groups are events that happen at the same time and place every week.

Some of these events are social spaces to make connections while others offer a discussion space to share your challenges and growth with community peers.

There are events that are only open to students who are part of those communities or those who are questioning.

You can find more information in the event descriptions.

This is a discussion group for all Bi+ students as well as those questioning. Here we will hold facilitated conversations about all things bi+ related— biphobia, bi-erasure, bi-culture etc. This group is open to all gender identities!

Check back soon for the Winter 2024 group dates and times or email RCSGD@sa.ucsb.edu for more information.

Every Thursday from 5:00pm - 6:30pm

This space is open for individuals who identify with the trans/gender non-conforming umbrella and/or are questioning their gender identity. This is a closed space for trans, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and questioning students.

For more information, email the Trans Empowerment Coordinator at Trans@sa.ucsb.edu

Trans* Empowerment Hours are a weekly social space open to trans, nonbinary, gender-non-conforming, or gender-questioning students. Themes and activities vary by week but generally center trans joy.

This event is held on Tuesdays from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the RCSGD Lounge.

For more information, email Trans@sa.ucsb.edu

QTBIPOC Empowerment Hours is a space intentionally for QTBIPOC to exist, rest, rejuvenate, and come together as a community to thrive individually and collectively.

This event takes place every Monday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the RCSGD Lounge.

For more information, email QTpoc@sa.ucsb.edu

Resource Drop-In Hours

Drop-In Hours are hosted by RCSGD staff and collaborators in the RCSGD Lounge.

Visitors are welcome to stop by within these hours to chat and learn about the resources offered below. You can also schedule your own appointment outside these hours by emailing them directly.

 LGBTQIA+ Housing

Learn more about 2SLGBTQIA+ housing options on and off campus and how to create inclusive housing environments with our QT Housing Coordinator.

Winter 2024 Housing drop-in hours are on Thursdays from 10-11am. 

Email: QTHousingCoordinator@sa.ucsb.edu

Academic Advising

Meet with Academic Advisor Jack Rivas to get help navigating UCSB academics and other resources.

Jack's Winter 2024 drop-in hours are on Tuesdays from 3-4:30pm. 

Email RCSGD@sa.ucsb.edu

LGBTQIA+ Health Equity

Learn more about 2SLGBTQIA+ health and medical options on and off campus. Have questions related to medical and transition care or want to talk to someone about improving healthcare at UCSB, come meet Buster in our Lounge!

Buster's Winter 2024 drop-in hours are on Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm. 

Email Buchanan856@sa.ucsb.edu

Basic Needs Advocates

Learn more about Basic Needs resources related to food and finances on and off campus and by talking to Basic Needs Advocates in the RCGSD! They can help with things like finding food banks and applying to Cal Fresh.

Basic Needs Winter 2024 drop-in hours will be Mondays from 11am-12pm. 

Email RCSGD@sa.ucsb.edu

Individual & confidential Support

 

Looking for individual and confidential support? Come talk to our Associate Director Sky Limón! They can help with things ranging from Name and Gender Change at UCSB and in legal systems to talking about finding resources in a confidential space.

Sky's Winter 2024 drop-in hours are Tuesdays from 2-3pm and Thursdays from 2-3pm. 

Email SkyLimon@sa.ucsb.edu

Online and Local Events

Online Communities

These online spaces are a great way for queer and trans* students at UCSB to make friends and stay connected!
 

  • This student-run server has many channels to chat, share events, plan meetups, and make friends. It is the largest LGBTQ+ chat at UCSB with over 500 members.
    LGBTQ+ UCSB Discord Server
  • The RCSGD Instagram is a great place to stay up to date with what’s going on in the Queer community at UCSB! Keep an eye out on our story for additional resources and events.
    RCSGD Instagram
  • This student-run server is a great place to get connected with trans-fem students at UCSB.
    Transfem Discord Server
  • This chat is run by the RCSGD’s Trans Empowerment Coordinator and offers a space for trans, nonbinary, gender-non-conforming, or gender questioning students to get connected. It is also a great place to stay up to date on Trans+ events, seek advice, and ask questions.
    Trans@USCB GroupMe

Local Events

These events are not run by the RCSGD but are still a great way to  get involved with local LGBTQIA+ communities both on and off campus!
 

Each quarter, Creatures of the Night Production Company hosts a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live shadow cast at the IV theater.

Keep an eye out on IV Arts’ Instagram for the next showing!

Every spring quarter, UCSB’s Trans and Queer Commission hosts a week full of pride-centered events to celebrate LGBTQIA+ students.

Follow their Instagram to see what they have planned this year!

Every August, The Pacific Pride Foundation hosts the Santa Barbara Pacific Pride Festival at Chase Palm Park.

The festival offers live entertainment, food trucks, booths, activities, and more!

The Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network (SBTAN) hosts multiple weekly trans discussion groups in addition to some special events.

Check out what they have going on at Lisa’s Place!

Gay Santa Barbara is an Instagram page that collects and posts LGBTQ+ events happening in the Santa Barbara area.

Follow them on Instagram!

Wildcat Bar has a weekly daytime drag show on Sundays called Glitter Brunch!

These shows sell out fast, so be sure to get tickets in advance.

This is a 21+ space.

 

One Wednesday every month, Gay Santa Barbara holds a gay/queer pop-up night at a local bar.

The location changes monthly, so be sure to check their Instagram for the most up-to-date information.

This is a 21+ space.