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  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".

This Week at the Cantú & Beyond!  


 All events/orgs meet at the Cantú Queer Center  

unless otherwise noted.

Monday - September 9th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - September 10th
7-9pm ~ PFLAG Sept Meeting. First Congregational Church of SC. 900 High St. 

Wednesday - September 11th


Thursday - September 12th


Friday - September 13th


Saturday - September 14th


Sunday - September 15th
7pm ~ Out in Santa Cruz (Tune in to KSCO 1080 AM)
Upcoming Events
looking beyond this week... 

seabright Queer Grad Student Night Out

Thurs, Sept 19th, 8:30-10:30pm, Seabright Brewery (519 Seabright Ave #107).

Celebrate the end of summer and the start of school! Get a drink with us every Third (Thirsty) Thursday of the month! 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!  Question?  Email Erik Green (errgreen@ucsc.edu)

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!

soup's on for you at the cantu 

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!

Bigger than Life
Hardcore porn--both the straight and gay varieties--entered mainstream American culture in the 1970s as the sexual revolution swept away many of the cultural inhibitions and legal restraints on explicit sexual expression. The gay porn film industry grew dramatically during the next thirty years and transformed the way men--gay men in particular--conceived of masculinity and their sexuality. 

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

Our fab summer student staff folks have been working very hard cleaning up, freshening up, and organizing the Cantu so that when students return, it will look welcoming and inviting. This involves mundane tasks (e.g. Deb is washing the many comforters in the lounge area; Margarita is organizing the kitchen cupboards; Jordyn is dumping hundreds of old files on the 2 student computers; Lesley is sorting through the crafts and supplies cubbies; Tam is purging old papers)   Deb and DJ are finalizing publicity materials and getting the many queer student orgs and groups scheduled for Fall. Wow, we have a wonderful array of groups for students to join!  
We are getting super excited about welcoming back returning students and meeting new students for the first time. For many incoming students, coming to the Cantu is the first time they've ever been in a dedicated queer space that celebrates their many identities and allows them to express and be their true selves!  

"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) 
Sept 6th ~ Obama Meets With Russian Gay Rights Activists
jose sarria
Sept 6th ~ Gay Rights Activist Leaves Behind Best Funeral Instructions Ever
Sept 5th ~ Men With Older Brothers More Likely To Be Gay?
keep out sign
Sept 3rd ~ Are Queer Women Leaving Trans Women Behind?

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!


rainbow heart 


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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