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May 2022 Edition

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Congratulations to our Graduating Students!
Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2022! We at the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement are incredibly proud of you for making it to this point! We look forward to the new relationship we hope to forge as you become a proud Red Raider alumnus. Whether your next steps involve pursuing a graduate education, starting your career, or embarking on another path, we hope that wherever you find yourself next, you can be proud in who you are and what you have accomplished.

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Looking Ahead: Upcoming Programs

In this Section:
  • Lavender Graduation Ceremony 2022: May 12
  • South Plains Queer/Trans Know-Your-Rights Workshops
    • Trans Legal Name/Gender Marker Workshop: May 14
    • Addressing LGBTQIA Domestic Violence: May 21
Lavender Graduation: May 12, 2022
Lavender Graduation Ceremony 2022
Thursday, May 12 | 5:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Student Union Building, Matador Room
Texas Tech's annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony celebrates our LGBTQIA and allied students from Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center who are graduating in May, August, or December 2022. Dinner will be available at this event. Participants will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken at the event. Additionally, participants are welcome to park in lot R13 (between Doak and Drane Halls). Please direct any questions to program manager Stephen Chao.
LGBT Legal Rights
Saturday, May 14 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Mahon Public Library Community Room, 1306 9th St, Lubbock, TX 79401
Adjunct Professor of Law Derek Mergele-Rust will share on a wide range of topics related to LGBT legal rights.
  • Name/Gender Marker Clinic: Learn more about how to change your legal name and gender marker on documents such as your birth certificate, ID, and social security. There will be opportunity to ask questions about the process in Texas.
  • Child Protective Services: Mergele-Rust will discuss the rights of trans children and families who have been impacted by Governor Greg Abbott's recent directive to the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate families providing access to gender-affirming care.
  • Roe v. Wade: Mergele-Rust may also discuss the implications for LGBT community members should Roe v. Wade be overturned.
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 LGBT Legal Rights
South Plains Know-Your-Rights Workshop: Addressing LGBTQIA Domestic Violence
Addressing LGBTQIA Domestic Violence
Saturday, May 21 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Maggie Trejo Community Center, 3200 Amherst St, Lubbock, TX 79415
Learn more about how to recognize signs of domestic violence, support LGBTQIA survivors of domestic violence, and navigate resources working with domestic and sexual violence in Lubbock. Guest speakers from Women's Protective Services and Voice of Hope will share their community resources.

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 Addressing LGBTQIA Domestic Violence

Student Organization and Affinity Group Updates

In this Section:

  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association: May 17
  • TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: May 17
  • Q'nnections
  • Queer Reads
  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
  • PrideSTEM
  • OUTlaw
  • TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association
Tuesday, May 17 | 5:30 p.m.
World of Beer (2912 W Loop 289 Acc Rd Ste 405, Lubbock, TX 79407)

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 May 17
TTAA Pride Network May Membership Meeting: 7:30 p.m. CT, Zoom
Texas Tech Alumni Association Pride Network
Tuesday, May 17 | 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 May 17
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.

Q'nnections will meet once a month throughout Summer 2022. To get involved, email organizers
Jackie Price 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.

To get involved over Summer 2022, email Office program manager Stephen Chao.
Join Queer Reads
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.

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:
  • TTU LGBTQIA Resources Available over the Summer
  • Transgender Voice Community Outreach Program
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
TTU LGBTQIA Resources Available over the Summer
The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement will continue to be open throughout May 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.
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 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 program manager Stephen Chao.

Cross-Campus Collaborations

In this Section:
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity
  • Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi & Arab (APIDA) Convocation: May 11
  • Hispanic Graduation Convocation: May 12
Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity
The SIBS (Social Influence on Brain and Socioemotional development) lab is looking for current undergraduate students to fund as research assistants during Summer 2022. This opportunity will take place across the entire summer.

The SIBS Lab received a
TrUE Transformers grant to financially support undergraduate students research experiences over the summer. This opportunity provides a $1,250 scholarship for each undergraduate research assistant. Up to four undergraduate students will be selected. Students who are traditionally underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Students will assist with the Texas Sibling Study, which will examine how sibling relations affect adolescent development (including behavior, brain, identity, and psychological functioning). Students will help recruit and schedule participants, collect data (including survey, family observations, and neuroimaging), manage data, and other tasks that facilitate the progress of the study.

To apply, email your CV to
Dr. Christy Rogers.
Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi & Arab (APIDA) Graduation Convocation
Wednesday, May 11 | 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Student Union Building, Matador Room
The Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion cordially invites you to the first-ever Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi, & Arab (APIDA) Convocation ceremony! Join us in the Student Union Building on Wednesday, May 11, from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Registration for the ceremony has closed.

If you have any questions, please email the 
Student Intersectional Leadership Council.
Hispanic Graduation Convocation
Thursday, May 12 | 6:30 p.m.
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
For the past 23 years, the Raiders Rojos Alumni Network has hosted the Hispanic Graduation Convocation. Learn more about Hispanic Graduation Convocation online.
Register for Hispanic Graduation Convocation

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. 

Bisexual Men & Well-Being
Researchers at the University at Albany need your help in understanding the relationship between masculinity, internalized homophobia, non-attachment, psychological distress, and body image concerns. The study should take 10-15 minutes to complete. You are eligible to participate if you: 1) self-identify as a bisexual man, 2) are over 18 years old, and 3) are fluent in English.

LGBTQ+ & Ethnic Identity Study
Shari Brown, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, is seeking participants for a study of identity and resilience among LGBTQ+ ethnic minority people. Eligible participants will receive a $5 Amazon gift card for completing a 10 - 15 minute survey. To participate you must be over 18 years old and self-identify as LGBTQ+ and an ethnic minority.

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.
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