August Edition

 In this Edition...

  • A Good Lead is Everything: Texas Tech Named Among "Best of the Best" Again!
  • Special Recognition: TPIF Leadership
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Featured Article
  • Affinity Group Updates
  • Peer Education, Sessions and More
  • Looking Ahead: Programs and Resources
  • The Bulletin Board
  • Support Our Progress

A Good Lead is Everything

Texas Tech University has again been named among the "Best of the Best" LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities by Campus Pride!

Campus Pride chose 30 institutions this year based on their overall ratings in the Campus Pride Index and specific LGBTQ-inclusive benchmark measures.
"Best of the Best" List by Campus Pride

Special Recognition

Congratulations to Jody Randall for being elected Vice President of Texas Pride Impact Funds and to Archie Pitsilides for being elected to the Board of Directors. Texas Pride Impact Funds (TPIF) is the community foundation for the LGBTQ+ people of Texas. TPIF works with community partners to identify needs and provide financial support to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ Texans. 

Jody Randall serves as Director for the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement at Texas Tech University. Archie Pitsilides serves as Director for Grants and Outreach for the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. 

Included among those in the photograph from a Board retreat with strategic planning partners from across the state are Board member Randall Gentry and West Texas Regional Leadership Council member Matt Hernandez. Randall Gentry serves as Senior Director for Corporate Relations for the Texas Tech University System. Matt Hernandez serves as Graduate Assistant for Peer Education in the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement at Texas Tech University.

COVID-19 Updates

For the most recent information on COVID-19 at Texas Tech, please visit this website: COVID-19 Updates. It contains recommendations for the campus community and recent communications from the university.
In an effort to get more members of our university community fully vaccinated, Texas Tech is offering an incentives program for current students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated, including those with medical and religious exemptions. The first drawing will be held on Sept. 15 to allow time for you to obtain your vaccination. If you have already been vaccinated, you can begin the entry process now.

Featured Articles

Affinity Group Updates

In this Section (listed in chronological order):

  • Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA & Allied Emerging Professions: September 8
  • TTAA Pride Network: Membership Meeting: September 14
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association: September 22
Q’nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals
Every Other Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m.

Next Gathering: September 8
This group is affiliated with the LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association and is open to faculty, staff, administration, and graduate students who either identify within the LGBTQIA community or as allies, and who have 5 years of experience or less in the field. 
The purpose of this group is to establish a place for open discussion, brave conversations, and a space to find a sense of belonging. The purposes are to (1) hold a debriefing space for local, national, and world news, (2) allow for an expression of emotions on news and policies, (3) provide and share resources and experiences to each other, (4) create this common gathering space, and (5) allow for emerging professionals to share professional development opportunities both on campus and within the field. 
Register for Q'nnections
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting September 14
RSVP for FSGSA Monthly Social

Peer Education, Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • IGNITE! September 15
  • LGBTQIA Peer Education Program: Fall Semester Deadline - September 17
IGNITE! Allyship is not an Identity, it's a Practice!
September 15 | 1:00 p.m.
TLPDC 152 & Via Zoom
Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement on September 15 in a facilitated discussion on promoting 'Allyship' at Texas Tech! All Fall 2021 sessions are hybrid and registration is required. Our first meeting will be held in TLPDC room 151, and runs from 1:00-2:15 pm.
This session focuses on foundational information relevant to the LGBTQIA community, with an emphasis on cultural competence, structural competence, and methods for putting Allyship into practice. Participants will learn about the LGBTQIA acronym, models of gender and sexuality, pronoun usage, policies that impact LGBTQIA communities, and practices of Allyship. This is the primary introductory session offered within the IGNITE! program. 
IGNITE! Register to Participate In-Person
IGNITE! Register to Participate Via Zoom
LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program
Fall Semester Deadline: September 17

The Peer Educators Program is a student volunteer program for undergraduate and/or graduate students who assist with educational programming across the institution. Stipends in the amount of $250 are awarded at the conclusion of a semester upon successful completion of program expectations. Participating students are eligible to apply for future semesters upon successful completion of program expectations. 
Learn More About the LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program

Looking Ahead: Programming and Resources

In this Section:
  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association: Ice Cream Social & Game Night - September 1
  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association: Biweekly Meetings
  • OUTlaw
  • TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
  • First-Year and Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS): Weekly Meetings
  • Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC): Weekly Meetings
  • Student Counseling Center: Safe Haven Group
  • LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
  • BIPOC Student Support Group
  • Receive Updates on Student Organizations and Affinity Spaces
  • LGBTQIA Leadership/Service Scholarship: Fall Deadline - September 17
  • Pride Week 2021: October 11-15
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
Tech Gender and Sexuality Association Ice Cream Social & Game Night
Wednesday, September 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
Student Union Building Traditions Room
Come join Tech Gender and Sexuality Association (Tech GSA) for its first meeting of the semester! It'll be a fun night of games, trivia, and ice cream! All LGBTQIA and allied students are welcome to come!
The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement will also be present to share information about PrideSTEM -- a student professional organization for LGBTQIA students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics -- and other LGBTQIA community groups on campus!
Tech Gender and Sexuality Association (Tech GSA)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
Human Sciences Building 111
Tech GSA is a student-led LGBTQIA and allies organization striving to make Texas Tech and the Lubbock community a safe and welcoming place to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Reach out to president Kennedy Evans or message the Tech GSA Facebook page to learn more!
OUTlaw's purpose is to build awareness of legal issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, promote social equality and acceptance, and foster an inclusive community at Texas Tech School of Law. Organization activities include, but are not limited to, panel discussions, guest lectures, film screenings, community activism, social events, and networking activities.
To get involved, reach out on OUTlaw’s Facebook, on Instagram @ttuoutlaw, or via email at
TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
The TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance provides support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community through advocacy and education geared towards eliminating healthcare disparities within our community. The group is specifically open to folks who are involved at TTUHSC. To get involved, email president Cole Birmingham or join TTUHSC GSA’s Facebook group.
First-Year and Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS)
Thursdays, 2 – 3 p.m.
Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center (TLPDC), University Library 1st Floor
Come get the FAQTS about LGBTQIA life at Tech! FAQTS is an affinity space focused on serving students in their first year at Texas Tech who identify as LGBTQIA or are questioning their gender or sexuality. Each week, FAQTS invites a speaker to share about LGBTQIA-affirming resources on and off campus. Learn more about FAQTS by going to the FAQTS webpage, signing up for the first FAQTS session on September 2, or emailing Office administrator Stephen Chao.
Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC)
Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Student Union Building, Conference Room 206 (second floor)
Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement for the weekly Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space! Come through to connect with community, discuss issues both on- and off-campus impacting LGBTQIA folks of color, and have fun!
The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement recognizes that systemic racism, homophobia, and transphobia disproportionately impact LGBTQIA students of color – and particularly Black LGBTQIA students. The Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space is one way for the Office to support our LGBTQIA students of color.
Learn more about QTSOC by going to the QTSOC webpage or emailing Office administrator Stephen Chao.
Safe Haven Group
Fridays, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Student Counseling Center, Safe Haven provides a confidential environment to explore concerns related to sexual and/or gender identity. Topics of discussion may include struggles with identity, acceptance, or general relationship concerns. Contact Amanda Wheeler (she/her) to join.
Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
Thursdays, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Student Counseling Center, Trans/Non-Binary Support Group provides a confidential and supportive environment for any student wanting to discuss and explore their own gender identity. Contact Amanda Wheeler (she/her) to join.
LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
Wednesdays, 7 – 8 p.m.
1309 Akron St., Lubbock, TX 79405
Hosted by the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities, LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting is an all-inclusive meeting space for LGBTQIA persons within recovery from alcohol, drugs, and behavioral addictions. Contact Betsy Contreras to learn more.
BIPOC Student Support Group
Tuesdays 2 – 3:30 p.m.
BIPOC support group is intended to provide a safe, supportive space for students of color to talk about issues that are important to them without judgment or fear. Group therapy can be a meaningful way to receive multiple perspectives, encouragement, feedback, and to learn how you relate to others in a safe and confidential space. Contact LaTia Scherpereel or call 806-742-3674 to learn more or schedule a group screening appointment.
Interested in the following upcoming student organizations and affinity spaces for Fall 2021? Reach out to Office administrator Stephen Chao to receive updates!
  • PrideSTEM: PrideSTEM is a student professional organization at Texas Tech University of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA), and ally students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
  • LGBTQIA in Education Affinity Space: This space aims to support LGBTQIA and allied community members affiliated with the College of Education.
  • Queer Reads: Queer Reads is a space for the Texas Tech community to explore texts and topics related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.
  • Sweet Tea-ology: Sweet Tea-ology is an upcoming affinity space open for all LGBTQIA and allied Texas Tech community members to discuss topics of faith, spirituality, gender, and sexuality.

LGBTQIA Leadership/Service Scholarship
Apply for Fall 2021
Submission Deadline: September 17
The LGBTQIA Leadership/Service Scholarship is awarded to Texas Tech University undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the LGBTQIA community. Scholarships are for $500 (one-time payment), with two scholarships awarded in the fall semester and two scholarships awarded in the spring semester. 
Learn About the LGBTQIA Leadership/Service Scholarship
October 11-15

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement invites you to join us as we celebrate Pride Week, whether you identify as part of the LGBTQIA community or want to show your support through allyship.

Featured Activities | More Listed Online
The Boots, Bows, & Rainbow Ties Gala
Support Provided by the Office for Student Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct

October 11 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Student Union Building, Ballroom

Tickets for the Gala are On-Sale!

Featuring Dr. Karen Blair, Director and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship
Femmephobia 101: Exploring and challenging rules, norms and assumptions about femininity

October 12
Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center, Room 151
Register for Femmephobia 101

Featuring Leading Scholars: Dr. Karen Blair, Director & Assistant Professor of Psychology at Trent University; Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskins, Interdisciplinary Feminist Sociologist, Queen's University; and Dr. Jocelyn Bartram Scott, Director of Inclusive Excellence, Bucknell University
Queer Reels, Real Topics Film Screening
Featuring Indianara (2019)

October 12 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Student Union Building - Escondido Theater
Pride Week Poetry Slam 

October 13 | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Student Union Building - Matador Room

Featuring Acclaimed Slam Poet Regie Cabico

Registration Information Coming Soon!
Glamour & Fame: Texas Tech's Pride Week Drag Pageant
October 15 | 7:00 p.m.
Club Luxor

Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement for our 5th Annual Glamour and Fame Pageant on Friday, October 15, at 7 p.m.! This annual pageant features incredible drag performers from Texas Tech and throughout west Texas. The Pageant will be held at Club Luxor in Lubbock, Texas. This year, we will feature “Pride Across the Americas” with our special guest, Miss Shantell D’Marco.
Registration to compete in the Pageant is open until October 7. Learn more about the Pageant registration process online, and feel free to direct any questions to Office administrator Stephen Chao.
Learn More About Pride Week 2021

LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project: Call for Interviews
Oral History Archive Interest Form

Over summer and fall 2021, the Office will be conducting oral history interviews for the Texas Tech LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project. We hope to draw from LGBTQIA and allied TTU alumni, current and former faculty/staff, and Lubbock community members. If you are interested in being interviewed for the project, fill out the Oral History Archive Interest Form.
The LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project, organized by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement in partnership with the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, collects archival resources and oral histories from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) and allied community. The goals of the project are to:
  1. Collect and preserve the rich history of social progress relative to LGBTQIA people at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, and throughout west Texas;
  2. Create a collection of accessible materials that capture the past and benefit the present; and
  3. Establish a program to highlight the lived insights and knowledge of LGBTQIA people and allies.
The project's oral history interviews are available to the public online.

For any questions about the project, please email Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement administrator 
Stephen Chao.

The Bulletin Board

Want to list your research on an LGBTQIA-related or inclusion matter in e-Cheers
Transgender Experiences
This research study is seeking transgender people to complete a 15-minute online survey regarding LGBTQ+ community connection! Participants must be at least 18 years of age, currently live in the US, identify as transgender, and speak fluent English.
Experiences of Queer Latinx Men at Hispanic Serving Institutions
We are looking for queer Latinx men between the ages of 18 and 28 to participate in a research study on experiences on a college campus. This study will involve a 60 minute confidential interview. Participants will receive a $20 Amazon gift card. Research participation is completely confidential. Interviews may be conducted by phone or via video conferencing. Interviews conducted by phone will be audio recorded. Interviews conducted via video conferencing will be audio and video recorded. 
Relationship Satisfaction and Communication Among LGBTQ+ Individuals
This survey is anonymous and looks to ask questions about people's relationship experiences.
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Texas Tech University, IRB # 2020-725
Polyamory and Identity
We are currently recruiting participants for an online study about polyamory and identity. Participation entails completing a brief 30-45 minute survey, answering questions related to demographics, identity, and attitudes, and reading short statements. We are looking for polyamorous adults (18+). Participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of thirty $10 Amazon gift cards. Responses will be completely confidential. 
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Texas Tech University, IRB # 2020-436
2GETHER USA – A National Online Male Couples Project
2GETHER USA is an online relationship education program and research study designed to help male couples navigate the complexities of same-gender loving, queer, bi, and gay men’s health and the health of their relationships. 2GETHER USA looks to provide couples with relationship tools and sexual education to help them strengthen their relationship in the years to come.
Gender and Attachment in LGBTQ Relationships
Participation includes completing an online survey that will take 15-45 minutes to complete. To participate in the study, you must have had at least one same-sex romantic relationship and/or identify as transgender. Participants must be 18 or older and participation will be completely confidential without the need to provide your name. Some questions may be sensitive in nature, so keep in mind that you can choose to discontinue at any time.

Support Our Progress!

Supporting our progress with a contribution to our LGBTQIA Fund for Excellence can be done online!

You can also support our progress by meeting a need identified by the Office!

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