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April 2022 Edition

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Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit Photo Collage
Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit Recap
This year's Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit was a success! The virtual conference, held March 4 - 5, included 23 educational sessions, 17 affinity spaces, and three plenary sessions. With 297 registered participants from a variety of states, the Summit fostered new connections between LGBTQIA and allied folks all across the nation. Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers for another spectacular Summit!
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Looking Ahead: Upcoming Programs

In this Section:
  • Lavender Graduation 2022 Registration
  • Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year Nominations
  • Trans Day of Visibility Social: April 4
  • Queer Reels, Real Topics -- Leitis in Waiting: April 14
  • Sweet Tea-ology Interfaith Circle: April 26
Lavender Graduation: May 12, 2022
Lavender Graduation 2022 Registration
Lavender Graduation: Thursday, May 12 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Monday, May 2
If you are an LGBTQIA or allied student graduating in May, August, or December 2022, we invite you to participate in this year's Lavender Graduation! All graduating students from Texas Tech University (any school, college, and campus) are welcome to participate. Whether or not you are able to attend the ceremony, the Office encourages you to register online so that we may send you a Lavender Honor Cord, highlight you in our annual Lavender Yearbook, and/or provide you with a free year's membership in the Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) Pride Network. Please direct any questions to program manager Stephen Chao.
Register for Lavender Graduation
Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year Nominations
Nomination Deadline: Monday, April 18

The Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year is awarded annually to a member of the Texas Tech faculty and staff for demonstrating meritorious effort toward improving a climate of diversity and inclusivity at Texas Tech University and the City of Lubbock.

If you know of a faculty and/or staff member who works to increase awareness of issues affecting LGBTQIA individuals through education, organizing, and advocacy, nominate them online by Monday, April 18. The recipients of this year's award will be recognized during Lavender Graduation, on Thursday, May 12.
Nominate a Faculty/Staff Member for the Ally of the Year Award
Trans Day of Visibility Social: Monday, April 4, 7 p.m., Lubbock Room (Student Union Building)
Trans Day of Visibility Social
Monday, April 4 | 7 - 8 p.m.
Student Union Building, Lubbock Room

Join us for a celebration of gender diversity! Come together with members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to celebrate the joys of living authentically. The social starts at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Building Lubbock Room -- and you are welcome to come in and out as you are able!

In addition to opportunities for socializing, we will also have monologue and poetry readings, arts and crafts, and Trans Trivia! Snacks will also be provided. Come through to meet new people, connect with community, and maybe even learn a thing or two! Learn more about the
Trans Day of Visibility Social online and contact Kaity Swecker with any questions.
Queer Reels, Real Topics April 2022: "Leitis in Waiting", 7 p.m., SUB Escondido Theatre
Queer Reels, Real Topics - Leitis in Waiting
Thursday, April 14 | 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Student Union Building, Escondido Theatre

In honor of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi, & Arab Heritage Month, the Office will host a screening of Leitis in Waiting (2018) as part of the Queer Reels, Real Topics film series. Film screenings are FREE and open to the Texas Tech and Lubbock Community. Each film will be followed by a facilitated audience conversation. Direct any questions to Office program manager Stephen Chao.

Leitis in Waiting is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom. The film follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant presided over by a princess, provides shelter and training for a young contestant rejected by her family, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis' lives. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom's royals and religious leaders, Joey's emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are. 
RSVP for April Queer Reels, Real Topics Screening
Sweet Tea-ology LGBTQIA Interfaith Circle
Tuesday, April 26 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Student Union Building, Traditions Room

Sweet Tea-ology is an affinity space for LGBTQIA and allied community members to discuss topics relate to faith, spirituality, sexuality, and gender. During this LGBTQIA Interfaith Circle, leaders from various faith and community organizations in Lubbock will meet to share conversation around finding and fostering LGBTQIA-affirming faith spaces. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss their experiences navigating their faith (or lack thereof) as an LGBTQIA person or ally.

All community members are welcome at this event. Direct any questions to Office program manager
Stephen Chao.
RSVP for LGBTQIA Interfaith Circle

Student Organization and Affinity Group Updates

In this Section:

  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association (Tech GSA)
  • PrideSTEM
  • OUTlaw
  • Q'nnections: April 6
  • Queer Reads: April 8
  • TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: April 12
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association: April 18
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.

Throughout Spring 2022, Tech GSA will meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

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).

Throughout Spring 2022, PrideSTEM will meet the second and fourth weeks of the month.

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
Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals
Q'nnections is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students who identify either within the LGBTQIA community or as allies, and who have 5 or fewer years of experience in the field. Q'nnections aims to create opportunities for socialization, professional development, and community building.

Throughout Spring 2022, Q'nnections will meet virtually every other Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 6. To get involved, email organizers Brandon Turner and Amy Prause.
Join Q'nnections
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. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to participate.

The book we are reading for Spring 2022 is The Queer Art of Failure by Jack Halberstam. Throughout the semester, meetings will take place every other Friday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The next meeting will take place Friday, April 8.

To get involved, email Office program manager Stephen Chao.
Join Queer Reads
TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: April 12, 7:30 p.m. CT, Zoom
Texas Tech Alumni Association Pride Network
Tuesday, April 12 | 7:30 p.m. CT
The Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) Pride Network connects Texas Tech University and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) alumni.
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting on April 12
LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association
Monday, April 18 | 5:30 p.m.
Capital Pizza (2705 26th St, Lubbock, TX 79410)

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 Dr. Kirsten Cook for more information.
RSVP for FSGSA Monthly Social on April 18

Peer Education Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • IGNITE! Spring 2022 Sessions
  • LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program: Apply Today
Proud Ally: Supporting the LGBTQIA Community at Texas Tech

IGNITE! Spring 2022 Sessions

The Peer Education Team is excited to announce the lineup of sessions for the spring semester! Find the schedule below:
  • February 8 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice! 
  • February 16 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    Living Authentically: Supporting Transgender Identities
  • March 24 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
    Faculty & Staff Panel
  • April 5 | 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. 
    Creating LGBTQIA Allyship Action Plans
  • April 13 | 11:00 a.m. - Noon
    Navigating Authenticity & Career Preparation - Presented by University Career Center
  • April 19 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    Home for the Summer: Navigating Identity Concealment
Go to the IGNITE! webpage to learn more and register for each session.
Register for April's IGNITE! Sessions
Become a Peer Educator!
LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program: Apply Today
Application Due April 29
The LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program is a student volunteer program for undergraduate and/or graduate students who assist with educational programming across the institution. Peer Educators assist with IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship, provide support for signature programs, and participate in professional development opportunities. Stipends in the amount of $250 are awarded at the conclusion of a semester upon successful completion of program expectations.

Learn more about and apply for the
LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program online. Direct any questions about the program to Kaity Swecker, Graduate Assistant for Peer Education.
Apply for the LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program

Resources and Scholarship Opportunities

In this Section:
  • Student Counseling Center Safe Haven Group
  • Transgender/Non-Binary Support Group
  • Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
  • LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
  • LGBTQIA Scholarship Opportunities
TTU Student Counseling Center Safe Haven Group
Safe Haven Group
Tuesdays | 3:30 - 5 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 Dr. Amanda Wheeler (she/her) to join the space.
Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
Fridays | 12 - 1:30 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 Dr. Amanda Wheeler (she/her) for information on Spring 2022 session times.
Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
Tuesdays | 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Speech Language and Hearing Clinic - Suite 2A300
The Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program is a free 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+ All Recovery Meeting
Wednesdays | 6 - 7 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 Zach Osborne to learn more.

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.
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 program manager 
Stephen Chao.
LGBT Scholarships Spring 2022
LGBTQIA Scholarship Opportunities
We welcome students involved with the LGBTQIA community to apply for the following scholarships:

RENEWPR LGBTQIA Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is for an LGBTQIA student in the College of Arts and Sciences *or* an LGBTQIA student in any college who plans to study abroad. Apply by April 15, 2022.

David Sassano Pride Scholarship: This $500 scholarship, offered in the fall and spring semesters, is awarded to undergraduate students involved with the LGBTQIA community. Apply by April 22, 2022.

Leadership/Service Scholarship: This $500 scholarship, offered in the fall and spring semesters, is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the LGBTQIA community. Apply by April 22, 2022.

Watland/Woody Endowed LGBTQIA Scholarship: This $500 scholarship, offered each school year, is awarded to undergraduate students involved with the LGBTQIA community. Apply by April 22, 2022.

Cross-Campus Collaborations

In this Section:
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April
  • Asian Pacific Islander Desi Arab (APIDA) Heritage Month: April
  • First-Gen Student Summit: April 6
  • TTUHSC Charity Drag Showcase: April 14
  • Women's & Gender Studies Annual Conference: April 22
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2022
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Led by the Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) office, Sexual Assault Awareness Month educates the TTU community about sexual violence prevention and consent education. Check out the whole calendar of events online.
Learn More about Sexual Assault Awareness Month
APIDA Heritage Month Opening Ceremony: April 11, 5 - 8 p.m., SUB Escondido Theatre
Asian Pacific Islander Desi Arab (APIDA) Heritage Month

Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi, & Arab (APIDA) Red Raiders are one of the most expansive, diverse, and fastest growing communities on campus. APIDA Heritage Month takes the time to honor the APIDA leaders before us, those paving the way, and those yet to come. Not only does APIDA Heritage Month amplify the rich culture's visibility on Raiderland, but we also hope to foster unity among Texas Tech University student organizations, departments, and individuals on campus who continue to celebrate a range of traditions at their home away from home.

APIDA Heritage Month will kick off with the Cosmic Rebirth Opening Ceremony on Monday, April 11, 5 - 8 p.m. in the Student Union Building Escondido Theatre.
Learn More about APIDA Heritage Month
First-Gen Student Summit Rise Up 2022
First-Gen Student Summit
Wednesday, April 6 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Student Union Building

Calling First-Gen Red Raiders & High School Students! You are invited to join us for the First-Gen Student Summit on Wednesday, April 6. The Summit:
  • Celebrates First-Generation in College (FGC) students by creating community, sharing experiences, and learning students' skills.
  • Educates FGC Red Raiders and HS Students on what it means to be a First-Generation in College student and how to make the most of the experience.
  • Empowers FGC students with the skills and knowledge to go above and beyond in meeting personal and professional goals.
Register for the First-Gen Student Summit
TTUHSC Charity Drag Showcase: Spring Queening
Thursday, April 14 | 7 p.m.
TTUHSC Academic Event Center, 3601 4th St

The 2022 Allies Week Spring Queening Charity Drag Showcase is hosted by the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Genders & Sexualities Alliance and the Office of Global Health to celebrate and support the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community. Highlighting the perseverance and growth of the local queer community through the art of drag, the event stars Lubbock drag queens and is open to drag fans of all ages! This performance focuses on inclusion and accessibility and functions to encourage and educate allies within the TTUHSC and Lubbock communities.

This event is free and open to the public. Cash tips are encouraged! (Change cannot be made at the door.)

All proceeds from the event will be donated to
Equality Texas. Equality Texas works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through political action, education, community organizing, and collaboration.

For additional information about the event, please contact the Office of Global Health at 806-743-2901 or by email at
"High Maintenance: Radical Femininity in Black and Latina Art" with Dr. Jillian Hernandez, April 22, 12 - 1 p.m., Matador Room, Student Union Building
Women's & Gender Studies Annual Conference
Friday, April 22 | 9 a.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Student Union Building

The 38th All-University Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women will take place on Friday, April 22, 2022. This conference examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences, and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Jillian Hernandez, Associate Professor, University of Florida. Contact Women's & Gender Studies with any questions.
Register for the Women's & Gender Studies Annual Conference

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

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

PrEP Knowledge of Texas Parents of LGBTQ Teens/Young Adults
Do you live in Texas? Do you have a teen or young adult who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community? Are you willing to share what you know about PrEP? Complete this short survey to see if you are eligible for the study. Those eligible and who complete the study will receive a $25 Amazon e-card.

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.
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