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UCSC Gender and Sexuality Specialist Announced

We are pleased to announce that Tam Welch has accepted a new position at the Resource Centers as a Resource Center Specialist in Gender and Sexuality. This newly created position is part of the Resource Centers' reorganization and represents a new chapter of our work. Tam will be based out of the Women's Center and Cantú Queer Center where she will specialize in working with the directors on programming intersections of race, gender and sexuality, and working with student interns and constituents of both Centers. 

This Week at the Cantú & Beyond!  


 All events/orgs meet at the Cantú Queer Center  

unless otherwise noted.

Monday - September 2nd
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - September 3rd

Wednesday - September 4th


Thursday - September 5th


Friday - September 6th


Saturday - September 7th


Sunday - September 8th
7pm ~ Out in Santa Cruz (Tune in to KSCO 1080 AM)
Upcoming Events
looking beyond this week... 
PFLAGPFLAG September Meeting 
Tues, Sept 10th, 7-9pm, First Congregational Church of SC. 900 High St. 
PFLAG Santa Cruz County is proud to announce the Tuesday, September 10th meeting will feature Ron Indra, Director of the Safe Schools Project, discussing "Know Your Rights: What Every Parent Should Know about Safe Schools for LGBTIQ/Ally Youth".

opersOPERS Fall Festival

Tues, Sept 24th, 3-6pm, Upper East Field

Over 175 tables with representatives from sports clubs, recreation clubs, outdoor adventures, holistic health, SOAR organizations, student media, ethnic resource centers, university interfaith council, environmental groups, fraternities, sororities, sustainability office, student health center, retention services, and more! STOP BY THE CANTU QUEER CENTER TABLE AND SAY 'HI!' A fun and festive atmosphere where you can walk around and find the activities and clubs that interest you!

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: queer.ucsc.edu

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.

on shoulders

"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: 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!

Every Day
There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It all works fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. 

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

We're putting finishing touches on 2 informative pocket resource guides--one for GLBT campus resources and the other for trans* campus and community resources. The trans* guide will include a campus map with all-gender restroom icons--part of our Need to Pee at UCSC? campaign! Many kudos to Molly, Al, DJ, Melissa and Deb for their hard work on these projects.
Lesley, our brilliant web mistress, has been rockin' our website! Check out all of the new and improved features and DO give her feedback about what you like, what's missing, what you hate (um, hopefully not much!). Here!

"The proof that one truly believes is in action." ~Bayard Rustin (rustin.org)

Alex Wilson, Transgender Nursing Student, Forced To Use Storage Closet As Bathroom   
Read more and show your support here.
Need to Pee at UCSC? 
Visit our website for a map of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus here!
  (pictures link to articles) 
jesus had 2 dads and he turned out just fine
August 29th ~ Church Sign Has AMAZING Message For Christian Homophobes: "Jesus Had 2 Dads and He Turned Out Just Fine"
new mexico flag
August 27th ~ New Mexico Gay Marriage: Bernalillo County Begins Issuing Licenses
August 26th ~ Jamaica Mob Traps And Barricades 5 Gay Men In House

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

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 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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