Stonewall Speaker Series with Raquel Willis

The Lionel Cantú Queer Center invites you to join us on Thursday, April 18th, from 6-9pm at Kresge Town Hall as we welcome Out Magazine's Executive Editor Raquel Willis as our inaugural Special Keynote Speaker for the Stonewall Speaker Series.

Doors open at 6pm with an introduction by Lionel Cantú Queer Center Staff and interns at 6:15. 

Keynote Presentation will begin at 6:30pm, followed by an interview with Sy Simms, Trans Education Specialist at the Cantú.

Light refreshments will be provided after the event. 

This FREE event is open to the UCSC community and general public. No ticket required for entry, but please arrive early to secure a seat. 


The Stonewall Speaker Series seeks to be an annual event hosted by the Lionel Cantú Queer Center at UCSC, which centers artists, activists, and story tellers working toward the liberation of trans & queer people of color. The inaugural event will take place in 2019, fifty years after the Stonewall Riots in June of 1969. The event’s namesake is a reminder of our community’s legacy and resilience in the ongoing fight for racial, economic, and gender justice. The Stonewall Speaker Series aims to inspire collective action to create positive change for the LGBTQIA+ community at UCSC and beyond. 

Speaker Bio

Raquel Willis is a Black queer transgender activist, writer and speaker dedicated to inspiring and elevating marginalized individuals, particularly transgender women of color. She is currently the Executive Editor of Out Magazine. In 2018, she was named a Jack Jones Literary Arts Sylvia Rivera Fellow. She's also a part of Echoing Ida, a national Black women and nonbinary writers' collective. She is a former National Organizer for Transgender Law Center.

In 2018, she was also named an Open Society Foundations Soros Equality Fellow. She launched Black Trans Circles, a project focused on developing the leadership of Black trans women in the South and Midwest by creating healing justice spaces to work through oppression-based trauma, incubating community organizing efforts to address anti-trans murder and violence and elevating nuanced narratives through a national storytelling campaign.

Born and raised in Augusta, GA, Raquel Willis has a loving mother who supports her in all of the work that she does. She is also the youngest child in her family and has a sister, a brother, two nieces and three nephews. She credits the passing of her late father as the catalyst for her transition and career. Raquel is a thought leader on gender, race and intersectionality.


All gender restrooms will be available at Kresge Town Hall.

In order to reach the venue without using stairs, please travel through Porter-Kresge Road. Kresge Town Hall will be located on your left. There is also a parking lot behind Kresge Town Hall with disabled parking and wheelchair access. For a directions to Kresge Town Hall visit:


Please refrain from wearing scented perfume or essential oils to be considerate of folks who have chemical/fragrance sensitivities (for more information visit:

For questions contact or (831) 459-2468

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Kresge Town Hall
510 Porter-Kresge Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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