August 3rd ~ Zanele Muholi, Queer Artist, Showcasing 'Faces And Phases' (NSFW)

July 29th ~ Protests Mount Against Michfest Music Festival That Excludes Trans Women


More news here.
Do  you know about queer events happening this summer in and around Santa Cruz? Let us know so we can post them to the QConnect community!

Gay Men's Beach Volleyball 
Wednesdays, 5:30 pm, Main beach by Coconut Grove
All levels of play are welcome. No commitment necessary...stop by once or every week. Weekly all summer! 
                            Upcoming Events 
PFLAG PFLAG Santa Cruz Monthly Meeting
Tues, 8/12, 7-9pm, 900 High St. SC.
Please join us as we hear about the newest community group available for LGBTQ adults:  The Rainbow Soup Group (sponsored by The Diversity Center). The 1st hour of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is devoted to discussion groups and then the 2nd hour is for the program.  Hope to see you there!

Local Lesbian Author CLIFFORD HENDERSON: Rest Home Runaways 
Thurs, 8/21, 7:30pm, Bookshop Santa Cruz
Baffled by reality, Clifford Henderson--local writer and improv teacher--has fashioned a life where she can spend most of her time in make believe. Her previous four novels have garnered many awards including ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year. In her newest book, Rest Home Runaways, baby boomer Morgan Ronzio's troubled marriage is the least of her worries when she gets the call that her eighty-six-year-old, half-blind dad, Mac, has stolen a car and escaped the rest home. 
Queer Beer!
Thurs, 8/21, 8:30-10 pm, Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright, SC  
Look for the rainbows on the tables. Join queer UCSC grad students and friends for conversation and (no-host) food and drinks. This may be the last queer beer for awhile, so join in!   Info: errgreen@ucsc.edu

Women & Trans Bicycle Workshop  
The Bike Church, 703 Pacific Ave, SC  
(Enter around the corner on Spruce Street)                    
This workshop provides a safer space for women and transfem identified people to work on their bikes and learn new skills.
What Has The Cantú
Done For You?

We are all ears, seeking your piercingly honest, constructive feedback and answering your probing questions about all things queer at UCSC and the Cantú.

Your feedback will be anonymous.

If you want a response to questions, please provide your name and email. 

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Closet Free Radio 

DJ's Kai and Richard


Out in Santa Cruz 
KSCO 1080 AM
DJs Shaun Ordinario and
Steph Taylor 
Graphic designer DJ has been busily working on a barn sign and other fliers to kick off Fall quarter!  Did you know that for many years, from the moment queer students drove onto campus, they have been greeted with a big ol' queer welcome in the form of a super-size painting on the Barn? To view our past Barn signs and themes, visit the Cantu's homepage. 
This week Director Deb has been working on getting a graduate student position in place. This student will work at the Cantu for the next 2 years! Many thanks to the SFAC student committee for their support! Interested grad students? Contact Deb.
Quotable Queer
PFLAG Santa Cruz County

PFLAG Santa Cruz County promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their families and friends.

Check out the page of your local PFLAG chapter here!
"A minority is only thought of as a minority when it constitutes some kind of threat to the majority, real or imaginary. And no threat is ever quite imaginary." 
-Christopher Isherwood, gay author.  
Learn more here.

August 13-14th ~ Gender Odyssey, Seattle, WA 


November 3rd-6th ~ Out and Equal Workplace Summit, SF.


More upcoming queer conferences here

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Keep the Cantú Strong!