~Qconnect: UCSC's Queer E-weekly~ 


student profiles

Reach Out to Incoming Queer Students!

The Office of Admissions has created a new Student Profile web page--an engaging way for prospective students to get to know our amazing UCSC students and for them to see who their peers will be, should they choose to become Banana Slugs! If students want to come out and let students know their sexual orientation/gender identity, they can do so in the 'perspectives' section. These 3 questions are where queer students can indicate they're queer: Activities/interests, How did you choose UCSC - what made UCSC stand out for you among other college choices?, What are the best things about UCSC? Upload your queer profile here!

hayward prrideEast Bay's First Youth Pride! 

Sat, August 3rd, 1-6pm, Cannery Park, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District 125 B St. Hayward, CA.

There will be Music, Dancing, Drag Contest, Youth Resource Tables,  Bounce Houses, Bungee Basketball, Face Painting, Games, Performances, Arts & Crafts, Free Chair Massages, DJs, Fierce Love, HIV/STI Testing, Drag Booth, Photo Booth, Surprises, Raffle with Prizes, Food Vendors, and community! 14-24 youth are free!  25 & up $5.


la cage performers

Cabrillo Stage Presents: La Cage Aux Folle

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!


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 7-8pm.  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. 


diversity center
Employment Opportunities at the Diversity Center!

~Office Manager (click here for more details)

~Development Coordinator (click here for more details)

This Week at the Cantú & Beyond!  


 All events/orgs meet at the Cantú Queer Center  

unless otherwise noted.

Monday - July 29th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - July 30th

Wednesday - July 31st


Thursday - August 1st

Friday - August 2nd


Saturday - August 3rd

1-6pm ~ East Bay's First Youth Pride! Cannery Park, Hayward Area Recreation and Park District 125 B St. Hayward, CA.


Sunday - August 4th

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

Upcoming Events
looking beyond this week... 

darling houseLGBT "Supreme Court" Wedding Celebration

Mon, August 12th, 5-8pm, Darling House. 314 West Cliff Dr, SC.

Darrell and Karen Darling are sharing their 55th wedding anniversary with all the "newlyweds" previously excluded from legal marriage.  

The Darling House welcomes all LGBT couples to reserve a room for August 12th to extend the celebration.  Reservations should be made by August 1st. For questions, to RSVP, or to learn how to turn your overnight stay into a donation to the Diversity Center, call (831) 458-1958.



PFLAG Santa Cruz County Meeting: "Does It Get Better for Parents:  Parental Reactions to Children Coming Out as LGBTQ"

Tues, August 13th, 7-9pm, First Congregational Church of SC. 900 High St.

Please join families from around Santa Cruz County as they come together to hear Taylor Field's (Oberlin '15) presentation of her national research entitled "Does It Get Better for Parents", for which she received an Oberlin College Jerome Davis Research Award, a study grant for field work in the social sciences. Discussion to follow. All welcome!

normal life book cover
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, 
Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law
Setting forth a politic that goes beyond the quest for mere legal inclusion, Normal Life is an urgent call for justice and trans* liberation and the radical transformations it will require, raising revelatory critiques of current strategies pivoting solely on a "legal rights framework".
Available for check-out now from the Cantú Library! 

For reviews of other queer literature, visit 
Lambda Literary.
  (pictures link to articles) 
gay dads
July 27th ~ Children Of Gay Couples Impacted By Parents' Relationship But Not Sexual Orientation, Study Finds
same sex patients
July 27th ~ LGBT Youth Receive Offer Of Help From Catholic Hospital, St. Peter's Healthcare System
zimbabwe president
July 26th ~ Zimbabwe President Threatens To Behead Gay Citizens
trans symbol
July 25th ~ Arcadia Unified School District To Treat Transgender Teens Equally

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

2 black people holding hands

Oct 19 ~ Queer Urbanity: A Black Queer Sexuality Studies Graduate Student Conference @ Princeton Univeristy, NJ.

(Abstract Submission Deadline: Aug 31st)

This conference seeks to create a public forum for dialogue on innovative research across disciplines and fields that interrogates the intersections between blackness, queerness and the urban/metropolitan landscape. Submit abstracts and CV to bqsgraduateconference@gmail.com.


models of pride conference goers

Oct 19 ~ Model of Pride LGBT Youth Conference @ USC

(Registration Deadline: Oct 17th)

This free, one-day conference focuses on the concerns and interests of Lesbian,

Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth up to age 24,

and their allies.  There will be over 100 workshops, a huge resource fair,

 exciting entertainment, lunch and dinner, and an evening dance with DJ.

Register here!


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!

Cantu Volunteers high fiving 

What has the Cantú 
done for YOU?  
Our student staff along with Tam have been busy tabling at the Orientation resource fairs last week and this. Incoming frosh and their families attend one and two day programs. Many queer students are not 'out' to their families and able to approach our table, but our friendly out-and-proud presence is important! This week we're gearing up to host a two-day retreat for the professional staff of the GLBTIQ resource centers across the UC system. A lot of prep for a rewarding two days where we exchange 'best practices' for supporting queer students. 

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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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