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  seabright brewery 

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! 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)


Sign Up NOW for The Normal Heart Auditions!
Thu, Sept 26th 7-10pm & Sept 27th 3-10pm
Theater Arts Mainstage (Sign-ups in Theater Arts A-building hallway)
Come audition for the UCSC Theater Arts production of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer!  Directed by Community Studies student Adam Odsess-Rubin, The Normal Heart follows writer-turned-activist Ned Weeks as he navigates organizing in the gay community in early 1980s New York City. No experience necessary.  Please bring a 90 second memorized monologue and recent headshot or picture to the auditions. Info: aodsessr@ucsc.edu.

This Week at the Cantú & Beyond!  


 All events/orgs meet at the Cantú Queer Center  

unless otherwise noted.

Monday - September 16th
7-8:30 pm ~ Closet Free Radio DJ: Kai Dragon (Tune in to KZSC 88.1 FM)
Tuesday - September 17th

Wednesday - September 18th


Thursday - September 19th

8:30-10:30pm ~ Grad Student Night Out. Seabright Brewery. 519 Seabright Ave. #107.


Friday - September 20th


Saturday - September 21st


Sunday - September 22nd
7pm ~ Out in Santa Cruz (Tune in to KSCO 1080 AM)
Upcoming Events
looking beyond this week... 


Grad Student Orientation Resource Fair

Tues, Sept 24th, 11am-noon, outside Humanities Lecture Hall

Incoming grad students: look for the Cantu Queer Center's table on your way into the Orientation Presentation! Meet the director and find out about queer grad student events!


Grad Student BBQ

Tues, Sept 24th, 1-2:30, Cowell Provost House 

Join new and returning grad students for a convivial afternoon. Meet the Cantu staff and other queer grad students! Info: errgreen@ucsc.edu

OPERS 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 undegrads can walk around and find the activities and clubs that interest you!


The GSA's 1st annual Solidarity Orientation! 
Tues, Sept 24th, 6-9pm, Kresge Provost House 
The Solidarity Orientation will be a supplemental social event intended for people of color, queer and gender nonconforming individuals, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented graduate students at UC Santa Cruz. This is an opportunity to get together in a safe space and begin to form intentional community and solidarities with one another, an ongoing process that can be engaging, informative, and fun! While this will mainly be a social event, there will be a Q & A with current graduate students to discuss what it means to be a student-worker with UCSC's particular undergraduate student demographic, how the TA union can provide support, and what other resources there are to thrive in this cultural, political, and academic climate. Graduate school is a significant shift for many of us, and we would also like to share tips on how to manage feelings of isolation, insecurity, and invisibility.
There will be good drinks, good music, and good company. Info:  Ayana Smythe at ssmythe@ucsc.edu.


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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!

GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens

When it was first published in 2003, GLBTQ quickly became the indispensable resource for queer and questioning teens. This fully revised and updated edition retains all of the straightforward information and practical advice of the original edition while providing a contemporary look at society and its growing acceptance of the queer community.

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

We are firming up queer student groups and orgs' schedules for Fall quarter. SO many cool queer weekly meetings to choose from! We'll have a complete list of them in next week's QConnect.

We're asking you, IN ADVANCE, to please be patient with us in getting back to your emails and phone calls this year. The Cantu's previous Program Coordinator, Tam Welch, is now working as a "Resource Centers Specialist in Gender/Sexuality" which means she will only spend a small portion of her time working as she has in the past 10 years at the Cantu. She will mainly be focusing on resource center wide programming. The Program Coordinator position has been eliminated. This leaves Director Deb as the sole professional Cantu staff member. While we are in the process of hiring students and WILL have an amazing team of students on board soon, our ability to respond to the hundreds of requests that come at us in a given week, especially these first few weeks of the quarter, will be compromised. Thanks so much for your understanding and support! 

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

gender neutral bathroom sign   

Student-Workers Union (UAW 2865) Petition: Demand More All-Gender Restrooms at the University of California!
All people have the right to be respected and affirmed in their gender identities and expressions. Nobody should experience disability- or gender-related harassment when using the restroom, a basic health need.  Sign here! 
  (pictures link to articles) 
Sept 14th ~ Psychotherapist, Shares Video About Gay 'Shame And Vulnerability'
Sept 14th ~ Conservatives Plan Ballot Initiative To Combat California's New Transgender Law
Sept 13th ~ WWII Vet, John Banvard, Marries Vietnam Vet, Gerard Nadeau, His Boyfriend Of 20 Years
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Sept 5th ~ UC outlines benefits changes resulting from Supreme Court's DOMA ruling

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, Gender and Sexuality Specialist, 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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