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The Middlebury Institute ensures that our campus is a welcoming and safe environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community and that students, faculty, and staff are aware of important LGBTQ+ topics.

The resources listed on this page are merely a starting point for the open discussion about fostering an environment that continues to encourage diversity and acceptance.

Preferred Name and Pronoun Information

Middlebury recognizes that some members of our community use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. One way Middlebury seeks to promote comfort and safety among those who wish to do this is through a preferred name procedure in BannerWeb, where students, faculty, and staff may now indicate their preferred first name regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their name.

Student Organizations

Queers and Allies at MIIS, commonly known as QAAAM, is a student club open to all students who share a mutual interest in cultivating, nurturing, and enriching the queer experience at MIIS. Queers and Allies at MIIS exists to promote the inclusion of all aspects of the queer identity, through awareness and education in the MIIS and greater Monterey community. Also, through its semester events, QAAAM aims to create a safe space for all attendees. A few of our most memorable events include the Coming Out at MIIS Story Reel, Intersectionality and Queerness Podcast with MIIS Radio, Let's Talk About It: Being a Queer Professional, and World Aids Day Storytelling Discussion.

To contact QAAAM, please be in touch with club president, Dionne Hart.
QAAAM Facebook Page

Local Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Access Support Network for HIV/AIDS Resources
Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Center of Monterey
Diversity Center of Santa Cruz
Epicenter – Our Gente
Rainbow Speakers and Friends
 

In addition to these organizations, there are several informal groups for meeting and socializing with other LGBTQ+ people in the area. These include the Monterey LGBTQ and Friends Meetup Group and the Monterey Bay GLBTQ Network. The Monterey Peninsula Pride organization also hosts several regular events in Monterey and Salinas.

LGBTQ Travel Directories

These are a few great resources for travel deals and discounts:

Damron
Purple Roofs’ Central CA Gay Travel Resources
International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association

Nightlife

Several venues host LGBTQ+ events and evenings both on the Monterey Peninsula and elsewhere in the area:

East Village Coffee Lounge
Carbone's Bar and Grill
Professionals Mixer
Santa Cruz Fab Fridays
Splash Nightclub

Pride Parades and Other Events

Two local annual pride events are Monterey Peninsula Pride (generally in late June) and Salinas Valley Pride (Generally in early October).

In addition, major California cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego all have large annual LGBTQ+ pride parades, usually in the summer months. For information about the Santa Cruz Pride Parade, visit the Santa Cruz Diversity Center. Nearby cities like Salinas and Castroville also have had pride events in the past.

QounterQuolture: Queer Alternative Dance Party
October 19, 2018 at 8pm
Blue Lagoon, Santa Cruz