~Qconnect: UCSC's Queer E-weekly~ 




  digital workshop

FREE digital storytelling workshop happening in July for LGBTQ Youth who have been on probation or in juvenile hall.  

For more info or to sign up, contact Linn Chiu at linn@lsc-sf.org.


This Week at the Cantú & Beyond!  


 All events/orgs meet at the Cantú Queer Center  

unless otherwise noted.

Monday - July 1st
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio  DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - July 2nd


Wednesday - July 3rd


Thursday - July 4th


Friday - July 5th


Saturday - July 6th

Sunday - July 7th

 7pm ~ Out in Santa Cruz (Tune in to KSCO 1080 AM!)

Upcoming Events
looking beyond this week... 

rainbow roller skates

Queer Skate!

Weds, July 10th, 7:30-9:30pm

Roller Palladium, 1606 Seabright Ave, SC.

Dress to impress! Be prepared to slide and glide and have a great time! $7 (includes skates)



sc fringe festivalSanta Cruz Fringe Festival: 2 Women, 2 Stories

July 11th-20th, Motion Pacific 

Two Women, Two Stories delves into the transitions women go through as they age with power, grace, dignity (and a little bit of "what the f**k?"). A diverse evening, featuring solo performances by prominent actors from Living Arts Playback Theater, the show explores transformative life experiences through innovative, humorous, and dramatic story-telling. Buy tickets here!  


picnic spread

LezCruz Summer Family Picnic

Sat, July 13th, 1-5pm, Delaveaga Park, SC

Friends and family of all ages are welcome...this is a day to play and enjoy the beauty of our local outdoors!



Triangle Speakers Training   

Sat, July 20th, 11am, Diversity Center, SC. 

Come for a day of food, fun, and new information on what it means to be a triangle speaker.  Breakout sessions include moderator training/re-training, gender queer/queer definitions, ally, trans, and trans ally presentations and much much more!  Info: info@diversitycenter.org
waiting for gertrude

 Waiting for Gertrude

In Paris's Pere-Lachaise cemetery lie the bones of many renowned departed. It is also home to a large number of stray cats. Told in a series of amusing set pieces and intercepted letters, this is a delicious tale of intrigue, unrequited love, longstanding quarrels, character assassinations, petty spats, and sorcery that builds to a steady climax at the cats' annual Christmas pageant.  

Available for check out now from the Cantú Library!

For reviews of other queer literature, visit 
Lambda Literary.
Queer STEM Survey
This systematic, nationwide survey seeks basic information about the
work and lives of LGBTQ folks in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  More info and survey link here. 

Cantu Volunteers high fiving 

What has the Cantú 
done for YOU?  
Our curator director, Jesus Zuniga, spent many hours last week working with student artists to mount our latest exhibit on Self Love. So, stop by the GALA Gallery to get a big wonderful dose of love for your self! P.S. The Cantu Queer Center IS open this summer but because of our very small staff, vacations, trainings, etc., we recommend you call before you come by. Deb: 459.4385  Tam 459.2468   or email us: dabbott@ucsc.edu or tamw@ucsc.edu

Deb, Tam, and many other campus members were part of the crowd outside the courthouse last Monday celebrating the reversal of Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban, as well as that of DOMA.  We're still assessing what the impact of those Supreme Court decisions will look like for UC staff, faculty, and students. We'll keep you posted! 
GAPA Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: July 15th

Do you identify as LGBT and/or API? Are you a leader or budding leader in your community? The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship is a scholarship that seeks to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian and Pacific Islanders.  Apply here!

  (pictures link to articles) 
prop 8 couple married
June 28th ~ Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, Prop 8 Plaintiffs, Tie The Knot In California's First Gay Marriage In Over 4 Years
obama and sengalese president
June 27th ~ Obama Pushes African Leaders On Gay Rights
ding dong doma's dead
June 26th ~ Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
coy mathis
June 24th ~ Colorado Civil Rights Division Rules In Favor Of Transgender 6-Year-Old

For more queer news, go to Huffington Post Gay Voices and LGBTQ Nation

 & Summer Camps
July 16-21 ~ CAMP PRIDE--Summer Leadership Camp, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. 
Let's go camp! Now you can develop friendships for a lifetime with other LGBT and ally college students, build your leadership skills, and take action as a social justice advocate for a safer and more inclusive campus. Register here! 
queer camp
August 1-4 ~ Santa Cruz County
Queer Camp Registration is OPEN!!
Join us at Queer Camp!  This is a four day excursion in the wilderness where queer youth and their allies can be free to express themselves. We play games, take part in heart circles, go on hikes, tie dye shirts, and much more. This is the perfect camp for all youth who identify under the queer spectrum, and their allies, who want to be accepted and empowered. Email youth@diversitycenter.org to register! 

Oct 26-27 ~ The Queerness and Games Conference @ UC Berkeley

Call Out for Papers, Panels, and Interactive Presentations! 

(Submission Deadline: July 1st)

QGCon brings together academics and developers to embark on an innovative and interdisciplinary exploration of the intersection between LGBT issues and video games. Register for free here!

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To see your queer event in Qconnect or to leave us some feedback, email submissions/comments to Qconnect editor, Nathan Woods at qconnect.ucsc@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions each week is Friday, 5pm. 

Please submit a short description of your event or concern and include contact info in your email. 


The Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center (aka the Cantú Queer Center) is staffed by Tam Welch, Program Coordinator, and Deb Abbott, Director. Feel free to contact them with any queries.

Tam Welch: tamw@ucsc.edu
Deb Abbott: dabbott@ucsc.edu


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