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 Monterey 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.
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 their 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
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 website often to find out what we have planned for the coming month and watch for our Pride calendar of events for the year coming soon.
For more information visit their website or call 831-275-0720
Local non-profit organization provides free, anonymous HIV testing and a variety of services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
780 Hamilton Ave.
Seaside, CA 93955
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 Myspace site for information about special events for Valentine's Day, New Years Eve, etc.
$5 cover before 10:30pm; $10 cover after.
10639 Merritt St
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be put on the list. Men and women welcome.
East Village Cafe
East Village Cafe has occasional LGBT nights. Check their website calendar (http://www.eastvillagecoffeelounge.com/entertainment.html) or call for more info. Men and women welcome.
498 Washington Street
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, read their website for more information.
A Tinkers Damn
46 Saratoga Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051
San Jose's most popular dance club with a large clientele of gay men and lesbians. Check out their website for hours, and events.
One of the nation's oldest lesbian bars.
3546 Flora Vista Avenue
Santa Clara, CA
Additional Listings in San Jose - http://www.sanjose.com/nightlife/gay-bars.html
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 (www.montereypride.org) 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.