Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey


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

LGBTQ Community at MIIS

The Office of Student Services at the Institute would like to ensure that our campus is not only a welcoming and safe environment for our members of the LGBTQ community, but that the Institute students, faculty and staff are aware of some of the 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 in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco Bay area.

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Local Organizations and Resources

LGBTQ Travel Directory

This site is a great resource for travel deals and discounts for members of the LGBTQ community. Visit the LGBTQ Travel Directory's website for more information

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


Monterey Pride

Pride of Monterey County is a 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to providing support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”) community by providing literature, events and activities. Pride of Monterey County has at least one educational event per month, as well as our signature Valentine’s Dance and July Pride celebration. Check the facebook page often to find upcoming events.

For more information visit the Facebook Page of Pride of Monterey County or call 831-275-0720


HIV/AIDS Resources

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

Central Coast HIV/AIDS Services (CCHAS)

780 Hamilton Ave.
Seaside, CA 93955

1121 Baldwin St.
Salinas CA., 93906


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 elsewhere in the Bay area.

Franco's (aka Norma Jean's)

Caters mostly to Latino community, but everyone welcome. Good mix of gay men and lesbians, as well as many trans folks. Excellent DJs spin Latin dance music. Drag shows at midnight. Open Saturdays only 9:00pm-2:00am. Call or check their Facebook page for information about special events for Valentine's Day, New Years Eve, etc.  

$5 cover before 10:30pm; $10 cover after.
10639 Merritt St
Castroville, CA

TGIF Social Group

Social group "TGIF" meets one Friday per month (dates vary; usually from 5-7PM). Since Monterey does not have an "official" gay bar, organizers host the event at gay-friendly local bars each month. To be put on the mailing list and receive announcements from TGIF, e-mail tgifmonterey@gmail.com and ask to be put on the list. Men and women welcome.  

East Village Cafe

Check the East Village Cafe's calendar for their occasional LGBT nights or call for more info. Men and women welcome.  

498 Washington Street
Monterey, CA 

Mad House Bar

An LBGT dance night called "Rainbow Room" takes place every Thursday night at Mad House Bar. Starts at 10pm. Men and women welcome.

529 Seabright Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA

Fab Friday Social Event

Monthly gay men's social "Fab Friday." Each month, the organizers pick a different venue, usually a bar, for the event. See their website for more info. Organizers say they prefer this to be a men's event.


Mac's in San Jose is a well known bar with a primarily male clientele, but all are welcome. See their website for more information.


Renegade's is another San Jose club with a mostly male clientele. But all are welcome at this club. Visit their website for more information.

A Tinkers Damn

46 Saratoga Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Club Savoy

One of the nation's oldest lesbian bars.

3546 Flora Vista Avenue
Santa Clara, CA

Additional Listings in San Jose


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 (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 website for details.



Local and national organizations offer support, resources, and information to members of the LGBTQ community.

Local Chapters
National Organizations
International Organizations



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
3024 Willow Pass Road, Ste. 200
Concord, CA, 94519
Email: rcc@rainbowcc.org