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.

 Layshia ClarendonLet's Play! Queer and Now 2022

The LGBTQ+ student-led conference for 2022 focused on intersectional identities, inclusive communities – and the politics of play!

You can still watch the video for this event, held on May 23.

Watch the recording

The keynote speaker was WNBA player and LGBTQ+ activist Layshia Clarendon.

  • Layshia was leading scorer for the Cal Golden Bears in college and was named a WNBA All-Star in 2017.
  • Three years later, they became the first out trans and nonbinary player in WNBA history.
  • A regular commentator for the Pac-12 Network, as well as vice president of the WNBA players' association, Layshia is also a noted advocate, speaker and writer on social issues. 

Queer and Now is an annual conference at De Anza that focuses on the larger and local LGBTQ+ community, along with student success, equity, intersectionality and social justice concerns.

Sponsors for 2022 include the De Anza Student Government, Office of President Lloyd Holmes, Student Success and Retention Services, and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Center – in collaboration with the Office of Equity, Physical Education and Athletics Division and REACH.

Queer and Now 2021: Watch the Video

adrienne maree brownThe 2021 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

2020 Q&N flyerFeatured guests:

  • 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.

Watch the Zoom Recording

2019: Self-Care is Community Care

Queer and Now 2019

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?

2018 Queer and Now: 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

Queer and Now: 2016

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.

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