Sept 14th ~ 5 Things You Should Never Ask A Lesbian Mom

Sept 12th ~ HRC Reboots Its Mission Toward Greater Trans Inclusion: A Little Too Late?

Sept 3rd ~ A Rising Number of Gay Youth Are Being Cast Out By Religious Families 


More news here.

rainbow shots Queer Beer!
Thu, 9/18, 7pm, Seabright Brewery, 519 Seabright Ave, SC
Join queer UCSC graduate students, faculty, staff, and friends every 3rd Thursday for no-host good drinks, conversation, and food. Look for the rainbow on the table outside. Info: Tonya Ritola (tritola@ucsc.edu) or Beth Stanish (estanish@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.

Surf City AIDS Ride
Sun, 9/21, 6:30am-7pm, 701 Ocean St. SC        

The 15th annual Surf City AIDS Ride is coming up! 100% of proceeds go towards supporting the Santa Cruz AIDS Project.  At the end of the ride, participants can look forward to a raffle, free massages, and other goodies from our sponsors.

                            Upcoming Events 

Film Screening: "OUT in the Line-up"
Fri, 9/26, 9-11pm, Rio Theatre, SC.
"OUT in the Line-up" is an award-winning documentary exploring the way surf culture deals with homosexuality. Don't miss your chance to see it! Tickets here.

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Cantu's Fall Quarter Undergrad Mixer!
Wed, 10/8, 7-11 pm, Cantu Queer Center
Mark your calendars NOW for our fabulous big queer bash. 3 spaces--dancing! game-playing! meeting new friends and finding out about queer student life and resources. Info: queer@usc.edu

Diversity Center's 25th Anniversary Gala

Sat, 10/18, 6pm-1am  

Michael's on Main, 2591 So. Main St. Soquel

The Diversity Center has lots in store for its grand 25th Anniversary Gala! One of Santa Cruz County's best parties of the year. With non-stop excitement and fun, guests will enjoy an incredible dinner (catered by Whole Foods) and casino night experience, with a scandalous Pee Wee's Playhouse After Party, including performances by Broadway's Frenchie Davis and American Idol's Lazaro Arbos, an insane drag show - and a dance floor that's gonna be burnin' up! Tickets here.


What Has The Cantú
Done For You?

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

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

Give your feedback here! 



Closet Free Radio 

DJ's Kai and Richard


Out in Santa Cruz 
KSCO 1080 AM
DJs Shaun Ordinario and
Steph Taylor 

We are JAMMING with getting everything ready to welcome students to our sweet queer spot in the woods! RA's and NA's have been dropping by the center to arm themselves with SAFE SPACE cards and other resources. Students are wandering in, which gets us way excited about the rest who will be coming before long. We are working on some exciting new projects for the upcoming year, and want YOU involved!

With a little luck, the center will have freshly scrubbed carpets by the time you arrive!

Do You Identify Outside of Gender and/or Sexual Binaries? (i.e., as bisexual, pansexual, asexual, gender fluid, genderqueer, agender, etc.)

Please participate in one of the first studies to focus on both bi* and trans* college students.  Participants will take a 20-30 minute survey and share more about their experiences in a follow-up phone interview.

To take the survey, go  here.


Victory Congressional Internship Spring 2015

(Deadline: Oct 27th)


The Victory Institute will bring outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program, including a Congressional internship with an LGBT-friendly member of Congress.


Apply here! 

Oct 10-11th ~ Queer Yo Mind Conference @ SFSU


Nov 3rd-6th ~Out & Equal Workplace Summit, SF.


Feb 27-28th ~ Asterisk Trans* Conference @ UCR

Join the UCSC contingent!


More upcoming queer conferences here

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Keep the Cantú Strong!