Join Us for Queer and Now!
Queer & Now is the annual LGBTQ+ conference at De Anza College that focuses on the larger and local LGBTQ+ community, student success, equity, intersectionality and social justice concerns.
Queer and Now 2021: Watch the Video
This year's conference theme was "At Home In the Intersections." You can still watch the video recording of this online event, held on May 27, 2021.
The keynote speaker was adrienne maree brown, a writer, advocate and cohost of the podcasts "Octavia's Parables," "Emergent Strategy" and "How to Survive the End of the World. (Photo credit: Anjali Pinto)
2020: Give Me Shelter
- Kate Bornstein, author and nonbinary activist
- Julio Salgado, artist and queer activist
Queer and Now was held on June 25, 2020.
Organizers included the Jean Miller Resource Room for Women, Genders and Sexuality and the Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education, with support from the De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB).
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year's event was held online.
2019: Self-Care is Community Care
Featured guest Trinidad Escobar spoke in 2019 about comics as a transgressive medium that require no authority figures or gate-keepers to validate queer experience.
2018: Why Not Share the Love?
De Anza alum Oliver Alvarez was the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Queer and Now conference in 2018.
2016: Moving from Surviving to Thriving
Featured guest Janetta Johnson of the TGI Justice Project joined students and community leaders for workshops, music and spoken word performances at the 2016 event.
2017: Femme Space – A Reclamation Project
The 2017 Queer and Now conference was held in memory of femme photographer Amanda Arkansassy Harris. Scheduled speakers included Luna Merbruja, Dulce Garcia and other members of the Femme Space Project.
Queer and Now 2015
De Anza hosted its first Queer and Now Conference in 2015, with workshops and speakers from the larger LGBTQ community.