~Qconnect: UCSC's Queer E-weekly~ 



PFLAGPFLAG 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!


seabright brewery

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).  

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Employment Opportunities!
Now hiring for the following positions: 

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! 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!

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 12th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - August 13th
7-9pm ~ PFLAG Santa Cruz County Meeting: "Does It Get Better for Parents:  Parental Reactions to Children Coming Out as LGBTQ". First Congregational Church of SC. 900 High St.

Wednesday - August 14th


Thursday - August 15th

8:30-10:30pm ~ Grad Student Night Out! 

Seabright Brewery. 519 Seabright Ave. #107, SC


Friday - August 16th


Saturday - August 17th


Sunday - August 18th

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

Upcoming Events
looking beyond this week... 

baymec BAYMEC 29th Annual Dinner Gala

Sat, Sept. 28th, 6-10pm, San Jose, CA

Celebrating 29 years of electing partners in equality. Jazz cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing!  Buy tickets here.

Queer/Ally Undergraduate Student Mixer!
Thu, Oct 3rd, 7-11 pm, Cantu Queer Center
THE big fab undergrad kick-off party of the year! Learn about campus and community resources. Refreshments! Info: queer@ucsc.edu

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"On These Shoulders We Stand": A PFLAG Community Event

Sun, Oct 6th, 11am, The Nickelodeon, SC

Not everything began with Stonewall. An illuminating historical film account of early gay life and activism in Los Angeles.


Queer/Ally Graduate Student Mixer!
Thu, Oct 10th, 5-7 pm, Cantu Queer Center
Mingle and meet other queer grad students, learn about campus and community resources. Hearty finger foods! Info: queer@ucsc.edu

margaret cho 

Margaret Cho: New Stand-Up Tour is Coming to the Rio!

Sat, Nov 30th, Rio Theatre, Soquel & Seabright Aves, SC

Buy your tickets now!

acolyte master book cover  
 Acolyte Master
Possibly the most sexually active gay priest ever, Jude Close never has a moment of doubt as he makes his conquests across the globe. It all begins in high school when Jude loses his virginity to the wild, sophisticated Treat. Nevertheless, Jude is presented as a "good" priest trying to win freedoms in the church for those like himself.  
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?  

While Tam is winding down her vacation and Deb is ramping up hers, our talented and dedicated student staff is not only keeping the Cantú doors open for you but is busy getting ready for Fall quarter! Fliers, resource guides, film series, website upgrades . . . it's an exciting period of getting ready for the new and returning students. DO come by and get involved!
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Protect LGBTQ Olympic Athletes and Spectators!

The eyes of the world will be on Russia during the Olympics early next year, providing our best opportunity yet to pressure the Russian government to get rid of their anti-LGBT laws.

As somebody dedicated to advancing equality everywhere, you can help make a ruckus so large that the IOC will have no choice but to condemn Russia's actions and ensure the safety of equality supporters at the 2014 Olympic Games.

Sign the official HRC petition here!

  (pictures link to articles) 
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August 9th ~ Obama Opposes Olympic Boycott, Criticizes Russian Anti-Gay Law
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August 7th ~ LGBT Politics in Southeast Asia
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August 6th ~ Archie Comics Get Its First Gay Kiss
July 26th ~ UC taking steps to implement changes resulting from
Supreme Court's DOMA, Prop 8 rulings!

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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