Sept 3rd ~ UCSC Ranked #3 on List of Most Open-Minded US Colleges! 


More news here.

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

psychedelic-female-couple.jpg OPERS Fall Festival
Tue,9/30, 3-6 pm, East Field Gym
Come visit the Cantu and queer student org tables! Get resources! Subscribe to QConnect! Get a Kweer Kiss!!

 PRIDE Movie Screening
Fri, 10/3, Time TBA, Nickelodeon Theater, 210 Lincoln St,  SC
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

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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

person coming out of a rainbow closet National Coming Out Day Booth
Thurs, 10/9, 11am-1pm, College 9/10 Dining Hall
Join us in participating in a variety of fun and creative activities to get in the spirit for National Coming Out Day on Sat, Oct 11th!

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 
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DJs Shaun Ordinario and
Steph Taylor 

The Queer Countdown has begun! Our summer staff is madly & gladly preparing our space and our programs for students' arrival.

We have a new ART WALL complete with a HOT PINK chalkboard for you to express your wild artistic impulses. Special props to Santos, Michael, Sha, and Damon for making this happen!

Speaking of art, as you drive onto campus, take note of our big welcoming BARN SIGN. Artists DJ and Anthony and sign painter Jim deserve kudos here.
Please ask Governor Brown to sign AB 2501!

AB 2501, authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, would eliminate the so-called "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses, outrageous tactics used by defendants who claim their violent acts were triggered by the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Contact Governor Brown 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.


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!