~Qconnect: UCSC's Queer E-weekly~ 


Queer Grad Student Night Out 
Thurs, July 18th, 8:30-10:30pm, Seabright Brewery. 519 Seabright Ave #107. 
The undergrads are gone, but the grads are still here! Look for the rainbows and come relax, unwind, and have a drink - with optional post-event dancing down the block at the Blue Lounge. All genders and identities welcome, and please bring along your friends from the community as well! Questions? Email Erik Green (errgreen@ucsc.edu). 
out in scOut in Santa Cruz Radio Internship 
Did you know that KSCO AM 1080 now has a queer radio show? This is huge for Santa Cruz! Out in Santa Cruz is a local show hosted by our very own professional queers, Steph Taylor and Shaun Ordinario. Out in Santa Cruz is in need of a communications intern to help with research, scheduling, and assist with needs during the show. The show is on Saturday nights from 7pm-8pm.  Please email 
hosts@outinsantacruz.com if you would like to interview for this internship. This is not a paid internship, but working with Steph & Shaun is priceless. 
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!  

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Employment Opportunities at the Diversity Center!

~Office Manager (click here for more details)

~Development Coordinator (click here for more details)

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!  



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!


This Week at the Cantú & Beyond!  


 All events/orgs meet at the Cantú Queer Center  

unless otherwise noted.

Monday - July 15th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - July 16th


Wednesday - July 17th


Thursday - July 18th

8:30-10:30pm ~ Queer Grad Student Night Out. 
Seabright Brewery. 519 Seabright Ave #107. 

Friday - July 19th


Saturday - July 20th

11am ~ Triangle Speakers Training. Diversity Center, SC. 

Sunday - July 21st

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

Upcoming Events
looking beyond this week... 
la cage performers

Cabrillo 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!

two spirit 
 Two Spirit People
This landmark book combines the voices of Native Americans and non-Indians, anthropologists and others, in an exploration of gender and sexuality issues as they relate to lesbian, gay, trans-gendered, and other "marked" Native Americans. Focusing on the concept of two-spirit people this book is the first to provide an intimate look at how many two-spirit people feel about themselves, how other Native Americans treat them, and how anthropologists and other scholars interpret them and their cultures. 


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?  
While major construction is going on right next to us at Merill College, the Cantu professional and student staff members are hard at work! We are doing everything from cleaning and reorganizing our kitchen (thanks to Jordyn and Margarita!) to updating and streamlining our website (Steve is our fearless leader!). We have volunteers helping us (kudos to Al and Molly) create a transgender guide to transitioning in Santa Cruz County as well as a general wallet sized resource guide for UCSC queer students. DJ and Deb are having fun working on next year's theme . . . which will make its debut on the Barn Sign during move-in, as always. Tam is busily wrapping up the Queer Students of Color Survey; her report will be shared by Fall quarter. We hope everyone is having a terrific summer. Given power outages and parking challenges, it's best to give us a call before you come by the Cantu this summer! We look forward to seeing you! 
 & Summer Camps
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!

  (pictures link to articles) 
July 13th ~ The Language of Love
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July 13th ~ Fuller Theological Seminary's Acceptance Of LGBT Group
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July 11th ~ Should You Boycott 'Ender's Game' Because Of The Author's Views?
July 7th ~ Lebanon Says: Being Gay Is Not a Disease 

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

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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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