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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!

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Cabrillo Stage Presents: La Cage Aux Folle

Ending Sunday, 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. 

This Week at the Cantú & Beyond!  


 All events/orgs meet at the Cantú Queer Center  

unless otherwise noted.

Monday - August 5th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - August 6th

Wednesday - August 7th


Thursday - August 8th


Friday - August 9th


Saturday - August 10th


Sunday - August 11th

 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!


Grad Student Night Out!

Thurs, August 15th, 8:30-10:30pm, Seabright Brewery. 519 Seabright Ave. #107, SC

It's now a tradition - come join the UCSC Queer Grad Students for a Grad Student Night Out!  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).  

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Legal Drug
Meet Kazahaya and Rikuou. By day, they are two ordinary pharmacists; by night, their boss has them filling special prescriptions for clients with ailments that can't be cured by ordinary elixirs. With cameos from the cast of Suki, this CLAMP series is a perfect dose of mystery, psychic powers and those ornately drawn characters the femme-four creators are famous for.
Available for check-out now from the Cantú Library! 

For reviews of other queer literature, visit 
Lambda Literary.
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What has the Cantú 
done for YOU?  

UCSC hosted a 2 day retreat for a dozen of the professional staff members of GLBTIQAA resource centers in the UC system. Every campus was represented except UC Irvine (we missed you, David!). And, sadly, UC Merced does not yet have a queer resource center. (That gap is being addressed by the UC GLBT Task Force.) The retreat was a wonderful gathering where directors, assistant directors, and program coordinators could 'let down' and give and receive mutual support. In a time of budget cuts, it's challenging for all of the resource centers. Ironically, UCSC has the largest percentage of queer identified students and the smallest, by far, staffing level. Several resource centers are currently in the process of hiring their third or fourth full-time staff members while UCSC's Cantu Queer Center's motto is "Making Do with Less"--i.e. grappling with having just one full-time director and a part-time 'program specialist.' However difficult this situation is, both Deb and Tam left feeling uplifted and inspired by being with their colleagues for 2 days.

Tam is on a much deserved vacation this week! Deb will be taking 2 weeks' vacation starting Monday, August 12th.

Our much-loved student webmaster, Steve Aquirre, has just gotten a job with City Year (congrats, Steve!) and will be leaving his Cantu Queer Center position. Lesley Reid-Harrison will be stepping into Steve's shoes beginning this week. Lesley has a good deal of experience developing campus websites; we expect Steve's fantastic progress on our site to proceed without many hiccups at all!

transman student 
Protect CA's Trans* Students!

By prohibiting discrimination against transgender students, the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) would ensure schools understand their responsibility for the success and well-being of all students. For many transgender students, this bill means the ability to fully participate in all classes, try out for sports teams, and stay on track to graduate.

Tell Governor Brown: please sign AB 1266 and help make our schools places where everyone can succeed. Sign the petition here! 

  (pictures link to articles) 
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August 2nd ~ What happened when my son wore a pink headband to Walmart 
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August 2nd ~ Petition Calls For NBC To Make Rachel Maddow 'Human Rights Correspondent' at 2014 Olympics
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August 2nd ~ Elizabeth Warren Calls For Changes To Ban On MSM Blood Donations
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July 31st ~ Gallup Gay Marriage Poll Finds Majority Of U.S. Citizens Would Support Nationwide Marriage Equality Law

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

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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!

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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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