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The Ted Jim Dotts, Jr. and
Betty Shewbert Dotts Ally of the Year

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Thomas St. Clair is a sophomore Art education major. Thomas is a Lubbock local, having gone to Trinity High School. In high school, Thomas was very involved in theater. Throughout his childhood up through high school, Thomas concluded that he was in fact a man and upon coming to Tech began transitioning genders. In his time at Tech, Thomas has become very involved. He is a member of the Texas Tech Gay-Straight Alliance, recently served as the announcer for a robotics competition, works as a florist at Market Street, and is working on the entrance murals for the Lubbock Art Festival. In addition, Thomas has been accepted in the Disney College Program for the fall semester.

Striving to be true to himself and those around him, Thomas is a proud Red Raider and we are proud of him!

Trans Day of Visibility: Helping with the Journey for Transgender People

March 31 - 9:00 a.m.
 Caprock Room, SUB

Presenter: Kelly Bennett, M.D., Associate Professor in the
Department of Family Medicine

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Fearless Faculty

Dr. Ed Check is an associate professor in visual studies and our Fearless Faculty for March. Ed Check was raised white working-class in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, approximately seventy miles north of Milwaukee. He originally intended to become a priest, he was raised Polish-American Catholic, but, he ended up becoming an art teacher. Ed taught elementary art from 1980-1989. It was during the 1980s that he began to realize he was gay. Ed noted the AIDS crisis of the 1980s as a very trying time for him: “AIDS killed many gay men physically, spiritually and psychologically. It was devastating. I lost many friends.” In 1989, Ed pursued doctoral study in Art education at UW-Madison.

He arrived at Tech in 1996 as an openly gay academic. Since then, Ed has worked hard to create a sense of community among LGBTQIA faculty and staff, students, and in the Lubbock community. In his 21st year at Tech, Ed has proven himself to be a trendsetter for social progress often through his art and an outspoken defender of social justice. Ed  commented that Lubbock, Texas is not known to be a particularly safe environment for openly LGBTQIA individuals, noting that many professionals here live in fear of losing their jobs or being targeted for physical harm based purely on their sexual orientation or gender identity. While much progress has been made, the past does not present as a pretty picture.

Ed Check has spent 21 years teaching the community to be more affirming of the LGBTQIA community and continues to use his art as activisms to create spaces for the next generation. It would hard not to notice the particularly positive stroke of color that Dr. Ed Check has painted across our plain.  

Gay-Straight Alliance Update

In collaboration with the Residence Halls Association, we hosted the annual spring Drag Show on March 22 as a benefit for the Lola Marie Drew Scholarship offered by PFLAG Lubbock.

On March 29 and 31, stop by the Free Speech Area outside the SUB between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for our "Response Stall" in recognition of Trans Day of Visibility

Stronger Together: The Role of Allyship in the LGBTQIA Movement

April 12 - 7:00 p.m.
Senate Room, SUB

Katie Belanger, Chief Operations Officer, Freedom for All Americans

2nd Annual Lavender Graduation

May 18 - 5:30 p.m.
Matador Room, SUB

Keynote Speaker:
Roey Thorpe, Activist for Social Justice

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