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Employment Opportunities at the Diversity Center!

~Office Manager (click here for more details)

~Development Coordinator (click here for more details)


PFLAG Meeting

Tues, July 9th, 7-9pm, First Congregational Church, 900 High St., SC 

Please join families from around Santa Cruz County as they come together to learn about The Diversity Center and the important programs they offer so that parents & the community at-large can access these valuable resources. Discussion to follow. All welcome!

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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!  


crackpot A Coupla' Crackpot Crones  

July 12th-18th, The 418 Project, 418 Front St. SC.
Slightly World-Renowned Lesbian Playwright meets Retired Warrior Princess of Improv.  Warning: Feminist material. Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers perform sketch comedy, improvisation and tell improbable true stories. Buy tickets here!


la cage aux foilesCabrillo Stage Presents: La Cage Aux Folles

July 12th-August 11th

Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's musical comedy is the story of a flamboyant gay couple--Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub featuring drag entertainment, and Albin, his romantic partner and star attraction--and the farcical adventures that ensue when Georges' son brings home his fiancee's ultra-conservative parents to meet them. Buy tickets here! 


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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!



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Share Your Story!

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 8th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - July 9th

7-9pm ~ PFLAG Meeting. First Congregational Church of SC. 900 High St.

Wednesday - July 10th

7:30-9:30pm ~ Queer Skate! Roller Palladium, 1606 Seabright Ave, SC.

Thursday - July 11th


Friday - July 12th


Saturday - July 13th

1-5pm ~ LezCruz Summer Family Picnic. Delaveaga Park, SC

Sunday - July 14th

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

Upcoming Events
looking beyond this week... 

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
call me by your name 

Call Me By Your Name

Seventeen-year-old Elio faces yet another lazy summer at his parents' home on the Italian coast. As in years past, his family will host a young scholar for six weeks, someone to help Elio's father with his research. Elio's narrative dwells on the minutiae of his meandering thoughts and growing desire for Oliver, this year's guest. What begins as a casual friendship develops into a passionate yet clandestine affair.  


Available for check out now from the Cantú Library!

For reviews of other queer literature, visit 
Lambda Literary.

Cantu Volunteers high fiving 

What has the Cantú 
done for YOU?  
Our professional and student staff is working hard on making our website (queer.ucsc.edu) the very best resource it can be. We want YOUR feedback about what to add, what to remove, etc. We also want YOUR photos of queer campus life and people to add. Send to our webmaster: sagguir4@ucsc.edu 
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) 
July 8th ~ Steve Grand's 'All-American Boy' Becomes A Gay-Themed Country Music Hit On YouTube

gay marriage
July 7th ~ DOMA Ruling Reaching Other Cases
gender neutral bathroom sign
July 3rd ~ Transgender Bathroom Rights Bill Passed By California Lawmakers
la cage performers
July 1st ~ Cabrillo Stage's summer season opens with flashy, yet heartfelt 'La Cage Aux Folles'

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. 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!


creating change

Jan 29-Feb 2 ~ 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Houston, TX. 

Our five-day program features over 350 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions, and tons of networking opportunities, and really fun events, all in the welcoming space of the Hilton of the Americas. Register or submit a workshop proposal 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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