December Edition

 In this Edition...

  • A Good Lead is Everything: Happy New Year!
  • Special Recognition: Philanthropy Organization Recognizes the Office as a Grant Recipient
  • 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

Special Recognition

The Office is excited to announce that Texas Pride Impact Funds (TPIF) has identified us as a 2022 grant recipient. TPIF is a statewide LGBTQ+ community foundation that inspires giving and investment to secure equitable opportunities that serve and enrich the lives of LGBTQ+ Texas for generations to come.

A $6,000 grant has been awarded to support the Office's efforts in furthering community engagement through the establishment of the South Plains Queer/Trans People of Color Affinity Space and the South Plains Queer/Trans Know-Your-Rights Workshops -- both set to begin in early 2022.

"We are so excited to receive this support from Texas Pride Impact Funds, which will allow our office to provide more direct programming for our Lubbock Community," said Stephen Chao, Administrator in the Office. "We look forward to connecting and collaborating with our LGBTQIA communities beyond the Texas Tech campus."

More information on the Affinity Space and Know-Your-Rights Workshops can be found on the Office's web page and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Featured Article

Affinity Group Updates

In this Section (listed in chronological order):

  • Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA & Allied Emerging Professions
  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
  • OUTlaw
  • TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
  • Other Affinity Spaces and Organizations
  • TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: January 18
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association: January 27
Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals -- contact Brandon Turner at for more information.
Learn More About Q'nnections
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. We participate in national campaigns to raise awareness, such as the Day of Silence and National Coming Out Day, and 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 reach out to advisor Stephen Chao.
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 reach out to advisor Stephen Chao.
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 (he/him) or join TTUHSC GSA’s Facebook group.
Other Affinity Spaces and Organizations
LGBTQIA in Education Affinity Space: This space aims to support LGBTQIA and allied community members affiliated with the College of Education.

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.

Queer / Trans Students of Color (QTSOC) Affinity Space: QTSOC aims to empower students identifying as both LGBTQIA and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) to share their emotions and experiences while reflecting on practices of healing and resiliency.

Interested in the following upcoming student organizations and affinity spaces for Spring 2022? Reach out to Office administrator Stephen Chao to receive updates!
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting January 18
RSVP for FSGSA Monthly Social

Peer Education, Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program - Still Accepting Spring Applicants!
  • IGNITE! Spring Sessions Announced
  • IGNITE! February 8: Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice!
LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program
Still Accepting Spring 2022 Applicants!
Apply for the LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program

The LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program is a student volunteer program for undergraduate and/or graduate students who assist with educational programming across the institution. Scholarships in the amount of $250 are awarded at the conclusion of a semester upon successful completion of program expectations. Participating students are eligible to apply for future semesters upon successful completion of program expectations. 

Learn more about the LGBTQIA Peer Educators Program online. To apply, please submit the required materials and complete the LGBTQIA Peer Educators application. Applications are accepted until January 14, 2022.

Spring Peer Education Sessions Announced!

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
IGNITE! Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice
February 8 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Via Zoom

Important Update: This Session has Moved Completely Online to Facilitate Physical Distancing of Participants
Are you looking for an opportunity to gain foundational awareness about supporting your LGBTQIA peers? Join us in our first session of the sping semester on February 8 to discuss core competencies and how to actualize 'Allyship' in the spaces you occupy.

This session focuses on foundational information relevant to the LGBTQIA community, with an emphasis on cultural competence, structural competence, and methods for putting Allyship into practice. Participants will learn about the LGBTQIA acronym, models of gender and sexuality, pronoun usage, policies that impact LGBTQIA communities, and practices of Allyship. This is the primary introductory session offered within the IGNITE! program.
Register for IGNITE! on February 8

Looking Ahead: Programming and Resources

In this Section:
  • Course Offering: WGS 2300 - Sexuality & Queer Feminisms
  • We're Hiring! Graduate Assistant for Administration
  • Queer Reels, Real Topics: Tongues Untied - February 8
  • Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit - Important Update & Call for Proposals Extension
  • Student Counseling Center Safe Haven Group: Resuming Spring 2022!
  • LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
  • Receive Updates on Student Organizations and Affinity Spaces
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
Graduate Assistant for Administrative Services

We're hiring! Applicants for the Graduate Assistant for Administrative Services position must be graduate students enrolled full-time (9 credit hours or more) and possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Click the hyperlink above to find a detailed description of the position.

Applicants may send their resume and cover letter to the Office at

Queer Reels, Real Topics
Thursday, February 17

7:00 p.m.
Student Union Building | Escondido Theatre


Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement for the Queer Reels, Real Topics screening of Tongues Untied (1989).

Queer Reels, Real Topics is a film series hosted by the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement. Serving as an extension of the classroom, this film series merges education with entertainment about the LGBTQIA community.  Films of all genres serve an important community function by affirming lives; making the invisible, visible; and educating audiences about other folks' stories and histories.

Film screenings are FREE and open to the Texas Tech and Lubbock community. Each film will be followed by a facilitated audience conversation. Please direct any questions to Office administrator Stephen Chao.

RSVP for Tongues Untied on TechConnect. 

5th Annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit  
Special Announcement

Given concerns regarding the Omicron Covid-19 variant, the organizers of the Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit have made the difficult decision to move to an all virtual experience. This was not what the organizers wanted, but felt was necessary for participants' safety. Making this decision now allows the organizers to maximize the time remaining to plan a meaningful Summit and not have to pivot last minute.

Registration to participate virtually is available now through the Summit website. Regular registration for $25 per participant is good through February 14. Beginning February 15, late registration begins at $45 per participant. Visit the Summit Registration Page to purchase tickets.

Information on registration prices can be found on the Summit web page. Students who would like to attend but face financial hardships are encouraged to contact the Office at
5th Annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit
Call for Proposals *EXTENDED*
Submissions Now Accepted Through January 12, 2022

The 5th annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit will take place March 4 - 6, 2022.

The Summit brings together individuals who are committed to inclusion, access, and equity within higher education and beyond. The Summit also aims to celebrate the strides our communities have made and recognize the work that lies ahead. All LGBTQIA and allied community members who want to learn more about allyship, advocacy, and social justice are encouraged to attend.

We invite students, higher education faculty and staff, working professionals, activists, and community members to present work related to this year's theme, “See the Rainbowed Skies Above.” 

Visit the Summit web page to learn more about the conference or submit a proposal to present at the Summit.
Safe Haven Group
Resuming Spring 2022!
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) for information on Spring 2022 session times.
Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
Resuming Spring 2022!
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) for information on Spring 2022 session times.
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.

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 administrator 
Stephen Chao.

The Bulletin Board

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LGBTQIA+ Hope & Emotion Regulation

Do you identify in the LGBTQIA+ Community? Are you interested in helping the community better understand how we can advocate for our mental health? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are invited to participate in a brief survey that requires you to respond to various questions about stressors, social support, and your mental health! We are specifically looking for individuals aged 18 or older who feel their sexuality or gender identity is something other than completely cis-gender.

#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. 

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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