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July 2022 Edition

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TTU LGBTQIA Resources Available over the Summer
The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement will continue to be open throughout July and the summer. If you need assistance with navigating medical and mental health resources, housing resources, and more, or if you are searching for community over the summer, do not hesitate to reach out! Contact the Office via email at or phone at 806-742-5433.

Special Announcement

Congratulations to Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement assistant director Stephen Chao, who, after almost three years of service at Texas Tech University, will transition out of their role and begin a full-time Master of Social Work program at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Stephen joined the team in September 2019 as the Office’s second full-time staff member. In their time working for the Office, they served as advisor for Tech Gender and Sexuality Association and PrideSTEM; led the Queer/Trans Students of Color (QTSOC) affinity space, First-year and Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS), and Sweet Tea-ology LGBTQIA and Faith affinity space; hosted the South Plains Queer/Trans Know-Your-Rights Workshops; and more. They also played a key role in maintaining Office programming during the Spring 2022 semester.

In pursuing their Master of Social Work, Stephen plans to work towards clinical licensure and return to higher education student affairs or mental health counseling. They aim to continue working to support LGBTQIA community members in accessing the material and mental health resources they need to thrive.

Thank you, Stephen, for all your work for the Office and in the community! 

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Looking Ahead: Upcoming Programs

In this Section:
  • South Plains Queer/Trans Know-Your-Rights Workshops
    • Gender Affirming Healthcare: July 30
    • LGBTQIA Youth Rights: August 4
  • Raider Rainbow Welcome: September 2
Know-Your-Rights Workshop: Gender Affirming Healthcare
Saturday, July 30 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Mahon Public Library Conference Room (2nd Floor), 1306 9th St, Lubbock, TX 79401
Join the TTU Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement and guest speakers Dr. Kelly Bennett and Dr. Fiona Prabhu to learn more about myths and facts surrounding gender-affirming healthcare, as well as how to access healthcare in Lubbock. The guest speakers will also share details about accessing gender-affirming healthcare for youth in Lubbock.
This event is open to *all* community members in West Texas. Learn more about the entire series of South Plains Queer/Trans Know-Your-Rights Workshops online.
RSVP for Gender Affirming Healthcare Workshop
Know-Your-Rights Workshop: LGBTQIA Youth Rights
Thursday, August 4 | 4 - 5:30 p.m
Join the TTU Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement and the Transgender Education Network of Texas to learn more about the rights that LGBTQIA youth have in schools, as well as how to support LGBTQIA inclusion in our classrooms and libraries.

This workshop will take place on Zoom; the link will be shared on the
Facebook event page and on the Office webpage.

This event is open to *all* community members in West Texas. Learn more about the entire series of South Plains Queer/Trans Know-Your-Rights Workshops online.
RSVP for LGBTQIA Youth Rights Workshop
Raider Rainbow Welcome 2022
Friday, September 2 | 9 - 11 a.m.
Student Union Building North Plaza

Raider Rainbow Welcome is an opportunity for LGBTQIA and allied Red Raiders to welcome one another to the new academic year and learn about all the programs planned for the semester!

Come by to meet new people, play games, and grab some giveaway items!

Learn More about Raider Rainbow Welcome

Student Organization and Affinity Group Updates

In this Section:

  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
  • PrideSTEM
  • OUTlaw
  • TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association
  • TTAA Pride Network
Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
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. Our meetings promote an open-minded atmosphere and a new social experience for like-minded individuals. We will always be open to new ideas and suggestions in this organization and always welcome new members.

To get involved, contact Tech GSA via email at or on TTU GSA's Facebook.
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).

To get involved, contact PrideSTEM via email at or on Instagram @ttupridestem.
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, join
TTUHSC GSA's Facebook.
LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association
The LGBTQIA FSGSA supports faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify as LGBTQIA through networking opportunities, social activities, and advocacy on issues important to the community. Reach out to Amy Prause for more information.
Texas Tech Alumni Association Pride Network
The Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) Pride Network connects Texas Tech University and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) alumni. The next alumni meeting will take place in August 2022.
Learn about the TTAA Pride Network

Peer Education Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • Request an IGNITE! Workshop
Proud Ally: Supporting the LGBTQIA Community at Texas Tech

Request an IGNITE! Workshop

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement is available to present for your student group, office, or organization! IGNITE! educates on the lived experiences of LGBTQIA people and provides support to students, faculty, staff, and community members in their development as authentic allies. 
Go to the IGNITE! webpage to learn more about our available sessions. Contact Kaity Swecker, graduate assistant for peer education, with any questions.
Request an IGNITE! Workshop

Resources and Scholarship Opportunities

In this Section:
  • LGBTGIA + Guide to Brave Student Housing
  • Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
LGBTGIA + Guide to Brave Student Housing

If you are an LGBTQIA student navigating on-campus housing, feel free to take a look at the Office's LGBTQIA Guide to Brave Student Housing! Learn more about gender-inclusive Flex Housing (for returning students), or reach out to our partners in University Student Housing to request accommodations.
Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Speech Language and Hearing Clinic - Suite 2A300
The Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program is a free weekly resource for transgender individuals to gather with speech language pathologists, work on vocal presentation, and share support. The group meets in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at 3601 4th St. For any questions, contact organizer Dr. Angela Van Sickle via email at or phone at 806-743-9053.

LGBTQIA Archival & Oral Histories Project: Call for Interviews

Oral History Archive Interest Form

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.
For any questions about the project, please email Kaity Swecker.

Cross-Campus Collaborations

In this Section:
  • LubbockPRIDE: August 27
LubbockPRIDE 2022
Saturday, August 27
Rodgers Park, 3200 Bates St, Lubbock, TX 79415

Join LubbockPRIDE for its 10th anniversary at Rodgers Park on August 27, 2022! LubbockPRIDE's annual LGBTQ+ pride festival in Lubbock, Texas, brings the community together for a day of fun, education, food, and fabulous performances! This event is family friendly and welcome peoples of all ages.

Registration to sponsor, table at, volunteer with, or perform during LubbockPRIDE is open now.

List your research on an LGBTQIA-related or inclusion matter in e-Cheers!

Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Self-Efficacy in Sex Practices within the LGBTQ+ Community
If you self-identify as being a part of the LGBTQ+ community and are 18-26 years old, we encourage you to take part in this study. This study will benefit society by understanding young adults' access to sexual health information and resources within the LGBTQ+ community. Your participation will be confidential and voluntary.  You may contact principal investigator Evelyn Tello-Mendoza for any additional information or questions regarding the study. 

University of Connecticut and Human Rights Campaign 2022 Youth Survey
Researchers at the University of Connecticut and The Human Rights Campaign are conducting a survey to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth aged 13-18. We want to know about youth’s experiences as an LGBTQ+ person at home, in school and across various aspects of their daily lives. All responses will be confidential and those eligible who complete the survey can receive a $5 gift card. 
  • 2022 Youth Survey
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Connecticut, IRB #H21-0087

Internalized Homonegativity and Infidelity among Black Men who have Sex with Men
We are interested in learning more about how your sexuality beliefs are associated with a range of sexual behaviors. To participate in this study, you must be over the age of 18 and residing in the United States. You must identify as a Black man and have engaged in sexual activity with another man. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete an online survey. You will be asked questions about your sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship status, sexual practices, and sexual history. You will also be asked demographic questions. Some of the questions are personal in nature. If you choose to participate, you can choose to enter a drawing for one of four $25 prizes. Contact Dr. Dana Weiser (806-834-4912) or Beni Hamuli with any questions. Questions can also be directed to the Human Research Protection Program.

CREW 2 Research Study
A research team at the University of Connecticut is recruiting additional/new participants for a research study on college students' social relationships, health, and well-being across the academic year. You are invited to respond to a brief questionnaire to see if you qualify to participate in the CREW 2 research study. You are only eligible to participate if you have not previously participated in this study. The questionnaire contains several questions to determine eligibility and should take five minutes to complete. If you are eligible to participate in the study, you will be invited to complete an online survey, and will receive a $20 Amazon gift card for participating. In addition, you may qualify to complete a future survey and earn an additional $20. Contact the recruitment manager, Tracy Walters, with any questions.

Study on Trans Body Image
Vic Yamasaki at the Gender, Culture, and Health Lab at the University of Maryland is currently conducting a study on transgender folks' attitudes and health. This is a 30-minute, one-time survey. Participants who complete the survey are entered into a raffle to win one of three $50 Visa gift cards.

Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ Campus Communities
If you are a director/administrator of a campus LGBTQ+ Center or you identify as an LGBTQ+ college student, we invite you to share your perceptions on how the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted student life. The survey will ask questions about the challenges faced as a result of greater social distancing and isolation. The instrument should take less than 20 minutes to complete. Please click on the appropriate link that will direct you to the informed consent form and survey. We thank you in advance for your willingness to participate in our study.

Intimate Partner Violence and the Queer Community
This research project is seeking participants to complete a short (15 minutes) online survey focused on experiences of abuse and unhealthy behaviors in intimate relationship(s) in the LGBTQ+ community. All participants must be 18 or over, live in the United States, and be a member of the LGBTQ+ community. You will have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a gift card ($100, $50, $20, & $10) for your participation. If you have any questions/concerns, please email Roxanna Ast.
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Rutgers University, School of Social Work, IRB #Pro20211001794

Race & Mental Health Paid Study
The aim of this research is to better understand the contextual factors that influence gay, bisexual, and queer men of color's behaviors and attitudes related to mental health, physical health, and relationships. We are seeking participants who identify as gay, bisexual, or queer men of color and who are over 18 and live in the U.S. To participate, email Thomas Le.
  • Race & Mental Health
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Maryland, College Park, IRB # 1802523-2

#WhyNotMe - A Holistic, Developmental Approach to Promote Diversity in STEM
Are you a minoritized* individual who has a story about their journey in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM)? *for example, a woman, a person of color, LGBTQIA, first in your family to go to college, and/or a person living with a physical disability Researchers at Texas Tech University are seeking participants for a 10-minunte online survey about their experiences with the STEM fields. 
  • #WhyNotMe
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Texas Tech University, IRB #2021-387

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.

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.

Predictors of Young Adults' Sexual Behavior and its Consequences
Participants are needed to study predictors of young adults' sexual behavior and its consequences. Please click the link and complete the screener to see if you qualify to participate. Qualified respondents will be invited to complete a 30-minute online survey, be entered into a drawing for one of ten $50 Amazon gift cards, and may qualify for an additional paid survey opportunity. Contact if you have any questions.
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