~Qconnect: UCSC's Queer E-weekly~ 


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 19th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - August 20th

Wednesday - August 21st


Thursday - August 22nd


Friday - August 23rd


Saturday - August 24th


Sunday - August 25th

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!
Thurs, Oct 3rd, 7-11pm, Cantu Queer Center
THE big fab undergrad kick-off party of the year! Learn about campus and community resources. Refreshments! Info: qconnect.usc@gmail.com.

magical night
Diversity Center's Fall Gala 2013 - A Magical Night at the Museum
Sat, Oct 5th, 7-11pm, $75-150/ticket
Spend the evening at the beautiful Museum of Art and History enjoying a sumptuous dinner, dancing, and playing exciting games of chance with the opportunity to win amazing prize packages. For the first time ever, bid on live auction items as well as the ever popular silent auction. See friends you haven't seen all year, catch up with what's going on in the Community and enjoy a wonderful event with friends. Buy tickets here.

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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!
Thurs, Oct 10th, 5-7pm, Cantu Queer Center
Mingle and meet other queer grad students, learn about campus and community resources. Hearty finger foods! Info: qconnect.ucsc@gmail.com.

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!

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 Uncle Mame
Edward Everett (Pat) Tanner III was the author of sixteen novels, made millions, became the toast of Manhattan society, and had his works adapted into wildly successful plays, musicals, TV shows, and films. He also spent every cent he made, worked incognito as a butler to the wealthy, and constructed a persona so elaborate that not even his wife and children ever quite knew the real Pat.  
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?  

We are excited about the new academic year about to unfold! Our student staff folks are BUSY creating resource guides, Fall programs, publicity materials, etc. They are sprucing up the center so it looks more fabulous than ever. Tam is back from vacation, refreshed! Deb is in the middle of her 'staycation' and managing to actually put center duties on hiatus for the most part (QConnect is an exception!). She's swimming and lounging and reading and puttering to her heart's content; her aim is to feel newly inspired for the BIG new year. 
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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 17th ~ Germany To Offer Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates
August 16th ~ It's 2013, And It's Still Perfectly Legal To Fire Somebody For Being Gay
darren young
August 15th ~ WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out As Gay 
trans sc student
August 13th ~ Santa Cruz transgender students happy with new public school 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.


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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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