Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


The Office of Student Services promotes a welcoming and safe environment for all members of the LGBTQ community on campus.

LGBTQ Community at MIIS

The Office of Student Services at the Middlebury Institute would like to ensure that our campus is not only a welcoming and safe environment for our members of the LGBTQ community, but also that the 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 engendering an environment that continues to encourage diversity and acceptance. The information provided below can be used as a vehicle to access some of the numerous resources available regarding LGBTQ issues and activities from the Monterey Bay area to the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.

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Local Organizations and Resources

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

ACLU's Monterey County Chapter is working to protect and advance civil liberties and civil rights in Monterey County. They meet monthly here in Monterey. Visit their ACLU's Webpage or call their affiliate at (415) 621-2493.

HIV/AIDS Resources

This local non-profit organization provides free, anonymous HIV testing and a variety of services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Access Support Network (ASN)

Monterey County Address:
340 Church St.
Salinas, CA 93601
(831) 975-5016

San Luis Obispo County Address:
1320 Nipomo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 781-3660

Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Center of Monterey

Dr. Stephen L. Braveman (LMFT, DST) is the founder and director of the Intimacy, Sexuality, and Gender Center of Monterey. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists) Certified Diplomat of Sex Therapy, AASECT Certified Supervisor and Certified CE Provider, Gender Specialist (Member of The World Professional Association for Transgender Health - WPATH), and Tantra/Sacred Sexuality Facilitator-Practitioner. For more info on Dr. Braveman and his center, visit his website or send an email to stephen@isgcmonterey.com. To schedule an appointment, call (831) 375-7553.

494 Alvarado Street
Suite A
Monterey, CA

LGBTQ Travel Directories

These sites are great resources for travel deals and discounts for members of the LGBTQ community. Check them out for more information to plan your next trip:

Monterey Pride

Pride of Monterey County is an organization dedicated to providing support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community by providing periodic events and activities. Pride of Monterey County also posts activities that are pertinent on the Monterey Peninsula along with other current LGBTQ information. Check the Monterey Pride Facebook Page or call 831-275-0720 to see if there are any upcoming events.

Santa Cruz Area LGBTQ Resource Directory

The Diversity Center is dedicated to building a diverse community, promoting health and well being, and advancing social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning individuals and their allies in Santa Cruz County.

Visit their Santa Cruz Area LGBTQ Website for more info or call at 831-425-5422


Local LGBTQ Nightlife

While Monterey itself does not have an "official" LGBTQ bar or club, there are plenty of venues that host LGBTQ events and evenings both on the Monterey Peninsula and also elsewhere in the surrounding area.

East Village Coffee Lounge

Check the East Village Coffee Lounge's calendar on the East Village Coffee Lounge website, look at the East Village Coffee Lounge Facebook, or call for more info on their occasional LGBT nights. Everyone is welcome!

498 Washington Street
Monterey, CA
(831) 373-5601

Giant Artichoke Restaurant

This restaurant serves American and some Mexican cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While not necessarily falling under "nightlife," they do have a full bar, a great view of the Monterey Bay, and LGBT Mondays! Check the Giant Artichoke Restaurant on Facebook or call for more info.

711 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA
(831) 643-9524

Franco's (aka Norma Jean's)

Caters mostly to the Latino community, but everyone is welcome. They frequently get a good mix of customers from all parts of the LGBTQ spectrum. Excellent DJs spin Latin dance music, and drag shows at midnight! Open Saturdays only from 10:00pm-2:00am. Call or check the Franco's Facebook page for information about special events for Valentine's Day, New Years Eve, etc.

10639 Merritt St
Castroville, CA 95012
(831) 633-2090

Professionals Mixer

Come meet other local LGBTQ business owners and professionals, and share your successes and stories at this event through The Diversity Center in Santa Cruz! Enjoy ocean views and tasty appetizers while you meet and share your successes with business professionals who support the LGBTQ community!

Professionals Mixer meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The location changes each month (but is in Santa Cruz). Follow them on their Professionals Mixer Facebook to receive alerts on each month's venue.


Renegade's is a San Jose club with mostly male clientele, but all are welcome! 

Renegade's on Yelp

501 W. Taylor St.
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 275-9902

Santa Cruz Fab Fridays

"Fab Fridays" is an event that provides a fun and friendly venue for local men to meet other men. Their events are on the last Friday of every month at local bars and restaurants, as well as private homes and other special locations. See the Santa Cruz Fab Fridays Facebook group for more info.

Splash Nightclub

Splash is a gay nightclub in San Jose. With 2 levels of dancing, rooftop smoking patio, and over 20 video screens, you can expect lots of fun and friendly vibes to all. Check out their Splash Nightclub Website for upcoming events!

65 Post Street
San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 292-2222

The Blue Lounge

The Blue Lounge has an event called "The Rainbow Lounge Party" that takes place every Thursday night. Their daily hours are 4pm - 2am. Give them a call at (831) 423-7771 or check out the The Blue Lounge Facebook page for more details.

529 Seabright Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Pride Parades

Major California cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego all have large annual LGBTQ Pride Parades, usually in the summer months of June or July. You can find information about these parades through a simple Google search. For information about the Santa Cruz Pride Parade, visit the Santa Cruz Diversity Center website (listed both above and below). Nearby small cities like Salinas and Castroville have had pride events in the past, though these may be inconsistent. Pride of Monterey County usually organizes Pride events during summer months. Check their Facebook around that time for details.



These local, national, and international organizations offer vital support, resources, and information to members of the LGBTQ community.

Local Chapters
National Organizations
International Organizations


Centers in Northern CA

The Santa Cruz Diversity Center
1117 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Email: info@diversitycenter.org

Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center
938 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126

San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Email: info@sfcenter.org

Pacific Center for Human Growth
2712 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Email: info@pacificcenter.org

Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County
2118 Willow Pass Road, Ste 500
Concord, CA, 94520
Email: rcc@rainbowcc.org