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.
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 webpage or call their affiliate at (415) 621-2493.
This local non-profit organization provides free, anonymous HIV testing and a variety of services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Monterey County Address:
340 Church St.
Salinas, CA 93601
San Luis Obispo County Address:
1320 Nipomo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule an appointment, call (831) 375-7553.
494 Alvarado Street
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:
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 their 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 website for more info or call at 831-425-5422
East Village Coffee Lounge
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 their Facebook page or call for more info.
711 Cannery Row
TGIF Social Group
The social group "TGIF" meets the third Friday of each month from 7-10PM. Since Monterey does not have an "official" LGBTQ bar, organizers host the event at the LGBTQ-friendly bar My Attic 1937. To be put on the mailing list and receive announcements from TGIF, e-mail email@example.com and simply ask to be put on the list. All are welcome! Check out My Attic 1937's Facebook as well!
414 Alvarado St.
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 their Facebook page for information about special events for Valentine's Day, New Years Eve, etc.
10639 Merritt St
Castroville, CA 95012
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 Facebook to receive alerts on each month's venue.
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 their Facebook group for more info.
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 website for upcoming events!
65 Post Street
San Jose, CA 95113
The Blue Lounge
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.