September Edition

 In this Edition...

  • A Good Lead is Everything: Pride Week is Approaching!
  • Special Recognition: Amy Brown
  • 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

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement invites you to join us as we celebrate Pride Week, October 11-15, 2021, whether you identify as part of the LGBTQIA community or want to show your support through allyship.

Check out some of the events below!

Monday, October 11

Pride Week Kickoff & T-Shirt Distribution

Monday, October 11 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Student Union Building - North Plaza (Outside)

Support Provided by Center for Campus Life
Through the Years: PRIDE at Texas Tech University
On View October 1-31, 2021
Texas Tech University Croslin Room

Through the Years: PRIDE at Texas Tech University is an exhibition chronicling the history, culture, and personal narratives of our LGBTQ+ community.  The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement partnered with the Texas Tech University Archive and alumna Tricia Earl, MFA to display photographs, documents, and memorabilia of LGBTQ+ history on our campus. 

Curators: Tricia Earl, M.F.A. (TTU Alumna) and B. Lynn Whitfield, M.A., University Archivist, Certified Archivist, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

The Boots, Bows, & Rainbow Ties Gala

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

Featuring a livestreamed keynote by Dr. Karen Blair, Trent University, Ontario, Canada.

"I Wanna Hold Your Hand - But - Is It Safe? Experiences of Public Affection Sharing in Same-Sex Versus Mixed-Sex Relationships."

The Gala will feature a special performance by Spoken Word Artist and Slam Poet, Regie Cabico.

Given concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, safety precautions are being taken with regard to the Gala. The overall number of tickets being sold for the Gala has been reduced from previous years. Fewer tables will be available and the seating per table has been reduced to allow for social distancing. We will offer a plated meal instead of a buffet in order to reduce the amount of participants gathering in lines.
Purchase Tickets to the Gala Here

Tuesday, October 12

Tie-Dye Versity

Tuesday, October 12 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Red Raider Plaza

Organized by Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE)

IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship 

Tuesday, October 12 | 2:00-3:15 p.m.

"Femmephobia 101: Exploring and Challenging Rules, Norms, and Assumptions About Femininity"
Featuring Dr. Karen Blair, Trent University, Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin, Queen's University, & Dr. Jocelyne Bartram Scott, Bucknell University.
Register for the IGNITE! Femmephobia Session on October 12
An abstract for this session is posted on the Pride Week webpage.

Queer Reels, Real Topics Film Screening

Tuesday, October 12 | 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Student Union Building - Escondido Theater

Screening: Indianara (2019)

Indianara, a bigger-than-life revolutionary character and her group who lead a fight for the survival of transgender people in Brazil

Join us for both the screening and post-film discussion facilitated by Student Intersectional Leadership Council (SILC).
Register for the "Indianara" Screening on October 12

Optional Poetry Slam Workshop

Tuesday, October 12 | 8:30-10:00 p.m.
Student Union Building - Mesa Room

Whether you are a seasoned poet or new to the art of the spoken word, come workshop your poetry with our special guest and emcee of the Pride Week Poetry Slam, Regie Cabico!

Wednesday, October 13

Coming Out Stories

Wednesday, October 13 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Human Sciences Room 111

For LGBTQIA+ folks, coming out is a process that can be both frightening and liberating at the same time. Hosted by Tech Gender & Sexuality Association, this year's annual Coming Out Stories program invites all LGBTQIA and allied members of the Texas Tech community to share their coming out experiences, bond, and give/receive coming out tips and advice! 
Pride Week Poetry Slam
Wednesday, October 13 | 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Student Union Building - Ballroom

Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement for the Pride Week Poetry Slam. The 'Bout will feature guest artist and slam poet, Regie Cabico.

Learn more about the Poetry Slam.
Register to Participate in the Poetry Slam on October 13

Thursday, October 14

IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship
Thursday, October 14 | 2:00-3:15 p.m.

Creating LGBTQIA Allyship Action Plans
Practicing allyship involves taking action to change our surroundings at the interpersonal and institutional levels. During this workshop, participants will examine the social and work spaces they navigate on a day-to-day basis and develop allyship action plans for promoting greater LGBTQIA inclusion in those spaces.
Register for IGNITE! Creating Allyship Action Plans on October 14

Friday, October 15

Virtual Gender & Sexual Identities Colloquium
Friday, October 15 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Times May Change)
Keynote Address: 12:00 p.m.

Featuring Dr. Stevie Berberick, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Gender and Women's Studies, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA.
Learn More & Register for the Colloquium Here

Glamour & Fame: Texas Tech's Pride Week Drag Pageant

Friday, October 15 | 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Club Luxor (
2211 Marsha Sharp Freeway)

Featuring Shantell D'Marco, former Miss Florida F.I. (2016) and Miss Continental (2017).

All proceeds from the pageant will go to Tech Gender & Sexuality Association, 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.
Learn More & Register to Compete on October 15

Special Recognition

Welcome a New Team Member

Our Team is growing! The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement is proud to welcome Amy Brown (she/her) to the Power Team as the Student Assistant for Peer Education!

Amy is a recent graduate of Coronado High School in her hometown of El Paso, Texas. She was a singer at the El Paso Conservatory of Music and spent time volunteering at a local elementary school during the summer. She will be majoring in Psychology with a minor in Social Work in hopes of becoming a child therapist.

Amy will assist in the Office's educational programming efforts, including serving in a leading role for IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship.

Welcome to the Power Team, Amy!

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.

On-Campus Vaccine Clinics

The Texas Tech University Division of Safety & Security, in Partnership with United Pharmacy, is offering on-campus COVID-19 and flu vaccine clinics through October and November at Memorial Circle. Appointments are encouraged, but walkups are welcome. 
Masks and Vaccine Update

Featured Articles

Affinity Group Updates

In this Section (listed in chronological order):

  • Student Organizations: Tech GSA, PrideSTEM, OUTlaw, & TTUHSC GSA
  • Queer/Trans Students of Color (QTSOC)
  • Sweet Tea-Ology: LGBTQIA & Faith Affinity Space
  • First-Year and Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS)
  • Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA & Allied Emerging Professions: October 6 & 20
  • FAQTS: First-Year & Queer/Trans Space
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association: October 14
  • TTAA Pride Network: Membership Meeting: October 19
Tech Gender & Sexuality Association (Tech GSA)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Student Union Building Mesa Room
Join Tech Gender and Sexuality Association

Tech Gender and 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.

Email president Kennedy Evans or message the Tech GSA Facebook page for any questions or to join the Tech GSA Discord.


PrideSTEM is a student professional organization at Texas Tech University of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA), and allied students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

PrideSTEM is currently working to reactivate for the 2021-22 school year. Email PrideSTEM or fill out the PrideSTEM interest form to receive updates.

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.
Queer/Trans Students of Color (QTSOC) Affinity Space
Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Student Union Building Conference Room 206
Learn more about QTSOC

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. This space is here for us to share our pain, our hope, and our joy together as a community.

Contact Office administrator Stephen Chao to learn more about and join QTSOC.

Sweet Tea-ology: LGBTQIA and Faith Affinity Space
Tuesday, October 5 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 21 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Doak Hall Room 119
Register for Sweet Tea-ology

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement is hosting Sweet Tea-ology, an affinity space for LGBTQIA and allied community members to discuss topics related to faith, spirituality, sexuality, and gender. Join us for open and affirming conversation! Folks of all faith traditions (or lack thereof) are welcome to attend. Contact Office administrator Stephen Chao for any questions.

First-Year and Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS)
Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Doak Hall Room 119
Learn more about FAQTS

Come get the FAQTS about LGBTQIA life at Texas Tech! FAQTS is an affinity space focused on serving all LGBTQIA and allied students – but especially first-year students – who are searching for resources and affirming community. Each week, FAQTS invites a speaker to share about LGBTQIA-affirming resources on and off campus. This is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the many resources available for Texas Tech students!

Our upcoming FAQTS sessions include:

Register on TechConnect or email Office administrator Stephen Chao to join.

Q’nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals
Wednesday, October 6 | 12:00-1:00 p.m., Student Union Building Canyon Room
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00-1:00 p.m., Location TBD

Q’nnections is open to faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students who either identify within the LGBTQIA community or as allies, and who have 5 or fewer years of experience in the field. The purpose of Q'nnections is to establish a place to hold brave and open conversations and to find a sense of belonging. Q’nnections meets every other Wednesday for lunchtime discussion. Contact Brandon Turner to join Q’nnections.

Register for Q'nnections
RSVP for FSGSA Monthly Social
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting on October 19

Peer Education, Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • IGNITE! October 6
IGNITE! Faculty & Staff Panel
October 6 | 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Via Zoom Webinar
Faculty & staff members, are you interested in learning more about how to support LGBTQIA students and peers? This semester's panel has been set! Join us for what promises to be another engaging and informational session on October 6 via Zoom Webinar.
IGNITE! Register to Participate Via Zoom

Looking Ahead: Programming and Resources

In this Section:
  • Student Counseling Center: Safe Haven Group
  • Student Counseling Center: Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
  • LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
  • BIPOC Student Support Group
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • LULAS Trunk or Treat - October 30
  • Trans Remembrance Vigil & Celebration of Life - November 11
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
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.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Learn more about Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE) is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. Throughout the month, RISE, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Office of the Dean of Students, and other departments and organizations across campus will host events to educate the campus community on healthy relationships.
LULAC Power of 3 – Unity, Community & Equality: Trunk-O-Treat
Saturday, October 30 | 6:30 p.m.
St. John’s Methodist Church (1501 University Avenue)
Sign up to table at LULAC Trunk-O-Treat
Follow LULAC Power of 3 on Facebook
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the country. LULAC Power of 3 – Unity, Community & Equality supports and advocates for the Hispanic LGBTQIA community in Lubbock.
All LGBTQIA organizations, LGBTQIA-owned businesses, and allies are welcome to join LULAC #22423 Power of 3’s first Trunk-O-Treat event. Each participant is encouraged to decorate their vehicle’s trunk area and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters as they come by. Businesses are welcome to pass out promotional material like cups, frisbees, stickers, etc., and participants are welcome to dress up.
Trans Remembrance Vigil & Celebration of Life
November 11 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Kent Hance Chapel

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement and the Tech Gender & Sexuality Association will host the Trans Remembrance Vigil & Celebration of Life. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Hance Chapel and all are invited to attend. The program will include remarks from Ezra Young, Esq.

Professor Young is a nationally recognized civil rights attorney and scholar based in New York. He is currently serving as a visiting assistant professor of law at Cornell Law School. Professor Young's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in books and articles published by Routledge, Oxford University Press, the New Press, California Law Review Online, Cleveland State Law Review, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Cornell University and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. His postdoctoral studies, supervised by renowned scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, focused on trans rights, Critical Race Theory, and intersectionality.
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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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