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UCSC makes 2013
Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Universities! 
Read about it here!


Bayard Rustin Honored With Medal, Film

President Obama has announced that Bayard Rustin will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. To read the full text of the President's announcement, click here! Further, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington,

Brother Outside will be broadcast on Weds, Aug 28th,  at 7 pm EST and midnight (check local listings)
as part of the America ReFramed series on public television's WORLD Channel.. For more details or to find your local station, click here. 



oakland prideOakland Pride

Sun, Sept 1st, 11am-7pm

Oakland Pride is one of the most diverse pride celebrations in the country, and the second largest pride event in Northern California. The 2013 Oakland Pride theme, "Oakland is Pride, Pride is Oakland", which celebrates the profound pride that Oakland has and its tireless support for the LGBTQ community here in the Bay Area and across the nation. Info here. 


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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! 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 26th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - August 27th

Wednesday - August 28th


Thursday - August 29th


Friday - August 30th


Saturday - August 31st


Sunday - September 1st

11am-7pm ~ Oakland Pride

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.

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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.

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

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

Buy your tickets now!

Necrologue: The Diva Book of the Dead and Undead
The first themed collection from Diva Books ranges from death on the bus to sex in the graveyard, via self-cannibalism and mind-reading, ghosties and Ouija, vampires and ashes 
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 extremely glad to announce that Tam Welch has been offered (and accepted) the newly re-designed position of Gender/Sexuality Program Specialist. Many of you know that Tam has been the full-time Program Coordinator at the Cantu Queer Center for 10 years. Last year, due to a reorganization, Tam worked as Program Coordinator at the Cantu as well as at the Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center--not to mention as a fiscal assistant to all of the resource centers! This new position will have Tam working with students on programs that focus on gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity. She will be at the Cantu half-time and at the Women's Center half-time. While this reduction in Tam's time at the Cantu creates many challenges for us, we are glad she will continue to be a highly valued part of the Cantu family.

We are also extremely pleased that UCSC has been ranked by Campus Pride in the Top 25 of universities in the U.S. for GLBT students. UCSC has the highest percentage of queer identified students of any UC campus and part of that is due to the Cantu Queer Center and campus-wide efforts to make UCSC a safe, supportive, and academically engaging space for queer students. A big feather in our caps! 

"The proof that one truly believes is in action." ~Bayard Rustin

the cold call 
The Cold Call: LGBT Youth Film Kickstarter   
This film is a social drama about coming out, the challenges of LGBT youth born to immigrants, self discovery and sexuality. There is a need for this type of film. More about the film.

Day-in-and-day-out LGBTQ youth feel alone in their struggle and being an immigrant or child of an immigrant adds another tier to the alienation. Our mission is to create this film and share it amongst students and campuses around the country. Campus Pride has partnered with us to support that effort by creating a resource guide to accompany the film.
Donate here!

If you are LGBTQ identified and an immigrant or child of an immigrant and want to be interviewed for the film, please contact:  
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August 22nd ~ Court Rules Against Photographer In Gay Bias Case
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August 22nd ~ Chelsea Manning's Gender Transition Could Set Military Precedent
August 20th ~ Lee Daniels, Gay 'Butler' Director, Says 'Black Men Can't Come Out'

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

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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

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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