August 6th ~ Acting Director Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center Discusses Trans Equality



August 4th ~ Stockholm's LGBT Pride Parade Was Bigger -- And Sexier -- Than Ever!



July 31st ~ Anna Paquin Brilliantly Schools Larry King On Bisexuality



July 17th ~ New Dungeons & Dragons Rules Embrace Diverse Gender Identities, Sexual Orientation



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!

rainbow house Trans/Queer Housing Request
Hi, my name is Aimy. I'm trans and I was recently admitted to UCSC for Winter quarter. My queer sister Maddie and I are hoping to move up to SC in August. We're looking for a studio-1BR apt, cat friendly and safe for trans people, around $900-1300/month. Contact us if you have any leads, or ideas. 
Aimy- aimy.sidney@gmail.com
Maddie - mati.z.jay11@gmail.com

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!

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! 

A Cabaret of Transition: One Woman Show
Fri, 8/15, 10:30pm, Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
A one-night only performance written and performed by Shakina Nayfack, a proud UC Santa Cruz alum.This late-night cabaret-style show recounts through song and story the exploits and misadventures that led to Shakina's gender transition. Tickets here.

Silicon Valley Pride Festival
Sun, 8/17, 10am, Discovery Meadows Park, San Jose
Details here.
                            Upcoming Events 
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.  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

Luscious Queer Music Festival
Fri-Sun, 8/22-8/24, Saratoga Springs
Our mission: bring together the LGBTQ community in a beautiful, natural setting to celebrate queer musicians, comedians and DJs, while raising funds for LGBTQ people seeking asylum. Buy tickets here!

Salinas Valley Pride
Sat, 9/13, 6pm-1am, National Steinbeck Center
An evening event celebrating the LGBTQ community of the Salinas Valley and their allies. Speakers, performers, music, dancing, and much more!

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.
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Out in Santa Cruz 
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DJs Shaun Ordinario and
Steph Taylor 

QuEARy, our new QConnect feature, has already yielded valuable feedback. We THANK those who took time to voice to their thoughts.

One right-on piece of feedback was about a Queer Quote a few weeks back where the speaker compared being black with being gay. It's one thing when a black and gay person compares the challenges of their identities (as Wanda Sykes does so well in her "'I'ma Be Me" show). It's another thing entirely when a person who does not possess those identities does so. We regret our haste in publishing this quote and apologize for its offensiveness. 
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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!
"That's one of the things that "queer" can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone's gender, of anyone's sexuality aren't made (or can't be made) to signify monolithically." 


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


More upcoming queer conferences here

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Keep the Cantú Strong!