October Edition

 In this Edition...

  • A Good Lead is Everything: Pride Week Recap!
  • Special Recognition: Best of the Best
  • Student Spotlight: Brandon Turner
  • Affinity Group Updates
  • Peer Education, Sessions and More
  • Looking Ahead: Programs and Resources
  • The Bulletin Board
  • Support Our Progress

A Good Lead is Everything

Thank you to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners that made Pride Week 2020 a success! 
- LGBTQIA Power Team

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

Chaise Lounge
Miss Glamour & Fame 2020

Pictured Alongside Chaise is Lady Liliana Bella (L), Miss Glamour & Fame 2019, and Parris Londonn (R). Miss Glamour & Fame 2018. Pageant supported by Club Luxor.

Pride Week Poetry Slam

Jayce McKinney (she/her)
Junior Undergraduate Student, English
Slam Champion

Ava Palicki (they/them)
First-Year Undergraduate Student, Foundational Engineering
Audience Choice

Texas Tech School of Music Women’s Chorale, Conducted by Carolyn Cruse, Recorded for Pride Week 2020. Video Editing by 5.13 Productions.

Special Recognition

Texas Tech University Named Among "Best of the Best"

The 2020 Best of the Best listing is based on the data provided annually through the CPI related to policies, programs and practice.  The research is analyzed by the Campus Pride research team using the proven CPI LGBTQ-Friendly factors and knowledge of the LGBTQ higher education landscape.

“As we continue to celebrate LGBT History Month, I am so very proud that Texas Tech has been named among the Best of the Best Colleges & Universities for LGBTQ Students by Campus Pride,” said Jody Randall, director for the University’s Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement. “We have worked thoughtfully, rigorously, and intentionally to lift-up the lives and experiences of LGBTQIA students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners.”

Featured Article

The following information and resources are being made available for readers of the e-Cheers! newsletter given the relation to supporting and lifting-up the experiences of LGBTQIA people.

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Student Spotlight

Brandon Turner (he/him)
Graduate Student - Higher Education Administration
Plainfield, IL
What has the world of remote learning been like for you? Is it more challenging at the graduate level? 
Call me odd, but remote learning is pretty lit. I already dressed for comfort most days, and now I can dress in a greater degree of comfort? Yes ma’am. But to be serious, this transition to remote learning has granted me a great level of challenge that encourages me to find new ways to manage the semester. The most recent question that I am challenging myself is, “How do I empower myself academically?” I think of this question every day when I struggle to get my work done and need to refocus myself. And with it being on a graduate level, I challenge myself further to deliver higher quality of writing. The grind does not stop -  in pajamas or business casual. 

Have you been able to build community with LGBTQIA people on campus? If so, how important is that to you? 
I have found it difficult to connect with other LGBTQIA+ individuals while here due to the pandemic. There are not many physical places that I have seen to meet other students that identify within the community, and traversing the virtual field is even harder. I just think that the smaller Queer communities on college campuses are further proof that these communities are necessary for the survival of their members. But that is just my tea. 

Prior to arriving and visiting earlier this year, what were your perceptions about Lubbock's social climate? Have those perceptions changed?  
Truly, I did not have any idea of what the social climate was like in Lubbock. I will be honest, I did not research into the social climate because I was attracted to the temperature climate and said, “Oh, warmth”. I do have a strong support system back at home and around the US, and that support is needed because I feel tested every day. My support system help remind me of who I am and what I came here to do. I strongly encourage that for those struggling to find that support for you and keep them close. Having those close connections to validate your experiences will keep you sane wherever you are. 
What are some things you like to do for fun on campus and in Lubbock? 
Well, I love that Lubbock is a big food place because I love eating. Blue Sky is absolutely delicious with those gargantuan burgers. Little Panda is a sweet restaurant with incredible preparation. Ruffled Cup is the best dessert place in this lil’ desert. Yes, I almost got in three accidents trying to find the place, but it’s fine. West Straw’s Boba Tea is exquisite! I am just truly in love with the restaurants here! 
So... when Iowa State & Texas Tech compete, who do you root for? 
Lowkey, the Red Raiders are stealing my Iowa State heart, but I think I will remain forever true to my Cyclones! 


Affinity Group Updates

In this Section:

  • First-Year and Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS): Every Friday
  • Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC): November 4
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association: November 10
  • TTAA Pride Network: November 17
First-Year and Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS)
NEW TIME! Every Friday, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Email to Join FAQTS
First-year And Queer/Trans Space (FAQTS) is an affinity space for first year undergraduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual (LGBTQIA), or are questioning their gender or sexuality. Join us to meet other LGBTQIA and questioning first-year students, hold conversations about navigating campus, and have fun!
Starting Friday, October 30, FAQTS will be meeting every Friday during the fall 2020 semester from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Feel free to register via TechConnect (just search "FAQTS") or by emailing Office administrator Stephen Chao. We hope to see you there!
Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC)
Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Email for More Information About QTSOC
Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC) meets virtually twice a month as a supportive space for our LGBTQIA students of color. QTSOC aims to be a brave space for attendees to share their emotions and experiences and reflect on practices of healing and resiliency to continue acting for change. The space is available for us to share our pain, our hope, and our joy together as a community.
We ask that individuals only participate in this affinity space if they self-identify as both BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of color) and as LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual). Learn more about QTSOC online.

Peer Education, Sessions and More!

In this Section:

  • IGNITE! Living Authentically: November 4
  • IGNITE! Home for the Holidays: November 17
  • IGNITE! Schedule a Visit
  • Spring Course Opportunity: Introduction to World Cinema: Gendered Bodies

IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship

Living Authentically: Promising Allyship for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identities

We hope to see you on November 4 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. to discuss the importance of practicing Allyship for Transgender and gender non-conforming identities. This session will be conducted in partnership with Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Scholars as part of their webinar series. 
Don't have a TTU email? RSVP by emailing Matt Hernandez.

Read the session description below:

Practicing Allyship to LGBTQIA people has many positive impacts on the well-being and inclusion of all members of our community. This session will focus specifically on the practice of Allyship with transgender and gender non-conforming individuals through supporting them in being their authentic selves. Participants will learn about the distinctions between gender expression, gender identity, and biological sex, as well as about gender-inclusive pronouns and cisgender privilege. 

IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship
Home for the Holidays: Strategies, Resources & Support


Join us on Tuesday, November 17, from 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. to learn about strategies that have been proven effective in navigating unaccepting environments when LGBTQIA students return home. The facilitators will place emphasis on how Allies can support their LGBTQIA friends, peers, and students over the holidays. This session is co-presented with the Student Counseling Center.
Schedule a Visit

Bring the IGNITE! team to your classroom, department, or registered student organization. All visits will be done synchronously to facilitate social distancing. Select from a wide array of topics ranging from general allyship to navigating multiple identites. 

Looking Ahead: Programming and Resources

In this Section:
  • Winter/Fall 2020: How Can We Support You?
  • First Gen Week: November 8-13
  • Trans Remembrance Vigil & Celebration of Life: November 19
  • Safe Haven and the Trans/Non-Binary Support Group
  • Queer Reads

Fall/Winter 2020

As we move towards the end of the fall 2020 semester, the Office wants to know how we can continue supporting you through Thanksgiving break, finals period, and winter break! Let us know what kinds of resources and virtual community events you would be interested in. Complete this form to let us know.

First-Gen Week 

November 8-13

Through First-Gen Week, Texas Tech University celebrates, empowers, and engages the First-Gen Red Raider community. Over the course of this week-long experience, students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to engage in various programs and events that create a culture of awareness and understanding of First-Gen identity. 

Safe Haven and the Trans/Non-Binary Support Group

The Student Counseling Center offers two LGBTQIA support groups this semester: Safe Haven and the Trans/Non-Binary Support Group. Led by Dr. Amanda Wheeler, both groups meet weekly and provide community support both in and outside the group. 

Safe Haven provides a safe environment to explore concerns related to sexual and/or gender identity. Topics of discussion may include struggles with identity, acceptance, or general relationship concerns. Safe Haven meets on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
The Trans/Non-Binary Support Group is open to any student wanting to discuss and explore gender identity concerns. It is suitable for any student that is questioning or firm in their identity as being gender non-conforming. The Trans/Non-Binary Support Group meets on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.
Contact Dr. Amanda Wheeler if you are interested in joining either group!
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, and staff are all invited to participate in our monthly reflection meetings! This semester, we are reading Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele.
If you are interested in Queer Reads, it’s not too late to join! Contact Office administrator Stephen Chao for more information.

The Bulletin Board

Want to list your research on an LGBTQIA-related or inclusion matter in e-Cheers
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
LatinX LGBTQ Attitudes and Health
The study aims to understand how gendered messages from parents impacts Latin LGBTQ individuals and health outcomes.
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.
Exploring Mental Health Risk Factors for Transgender Young Adults
is recruiting participants for a study examining transgender mental health. Anyone ages 18-29 who identifies with a gender identity different from their sex assigned at birth is eligible to participate in the study, which is approved by UMD’s Institutional Review Board for research with human subjects. Participation involves completing a 20-minute confidential online survey comprised of questions covering experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, discrimination, gender dysphoria, and general psychological distress, among other topics. Participants will receive an entry into a raffle for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards for their time.
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Maryland at College Park, IRB # 1590281
Exploring the College Choice Process for Openly Gay Men
Eligible participants are those who are freshman or sophomore students who identify as cis-gender male, and who identified as gay at the time of admission to a college or university. Participation will take approximately 1 to 2 hours and will take place at a time that is convenient for the participant. In addition to their participation in a 1 to 2 hour recorded Zoom interview, the investigators would like participants to participate in an activity called member checking after the initial data analysis is complete. Member checking involves reviewing the interview transcript to ensure its accuracy and will involve no more than one additional hour. Participation in this research is voluntary. Participants will be compensated with a $25.00 gift card from 
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  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: Colorado State University, IRB # 19-9690H
Owning Our Power
This study seeks to understand trans and/or nonbinary students' perspectives on and experiences of campus sexual assault. We are currently recruiting for a study asking trans/nonbinary undergraduates to share their experiences with or perspectives on campus sexual assault. We plan to use this information to create the first intervention designed to reduce risk of sexual assault for these students. Students can choose to participate in an online focus group ($20 compensation), and those who have experienced unwanted sexual contact since enrolling in college can also choose to participate in an online survey ($25 compensation). Our study is designed for people who identify as trans/nonbinary/gender-diverse, are 18-25 years old, and are current undergraduates in the US. There is very little research regarding trans experiences of sexual violence in college, and all interventions currently available are for cisgender women. We hope to change the narrative around campus sexual assault and make college campuses safer for trans/nonbinary students. We are hoping that you would be willing to participate and share the information for our study with your networks. 
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Michigan, IRB # HUM00168758
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.
Queer Mental Health Empowerment: Examining Well-being of LGBTQ+ Individuals
We are researchers at University of California Irvine who are interested in enhancing mental health among LGBTQ+ individuals. We are currently conducting an online survey study (20-30 minutes) examining the well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you identify as LGBTQ+ and are interested in participating, please consider clicking the following link for a detailed study information sheet and the study survey. Upon finishing reading the study information, you will be able to participate in the study survey. Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are especially welcome to participate! You will be entered into a raffle winning one of our 60 Amazon gift cards [ranging from $5 to $ 100] for your participation!
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of California, Irvine, IRB # 2019-5505
Owning Our Power
The goal of this study is to understand what sexual violence against transgender and nonbinary college undergraduates looks like. Most of the research on sexual assault against college students has been about cisgender women. Trans and nonbinary students have their own stories and unique challenges.Sexual assault prevention has focused on cisgender women, but trans/nonbinary students need their own solutions that addresses the types of assaults they experience. This study will be used to develop the first intervention designed specifically to prevent sexual assault against trans/nonbinary students. The information you provide about your perspectives and/or experiences is valuable and will be used to: Understand what unwanted sexual experiences and sexual assault look like for trans and nonbinary undergraduates Create the first intervention designed to prevent unwanted sexual experiences and sexual assault for trans and nonbinary undergraduates Advocate for better policies to support trans and nonbinary students.
  • Click to Participate
  • University Affiliation and IRB Review: University of Michigan, IRB # HUM00159234

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