October Edition

 In this Edition...

  • A Good Lead is Everything: Pride Week 2021: Success!
  • Special Recognition: Lady Macy Nevaeh - Miss Glamour & Fame 2021-2022
  • 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 thanks those who supported the efforts for the 2021 Pride Week celebration! Hundreds of individuals from across campus and the surrounding community took part in the many festivities and educational programs held throughout the week. Take a look at some of the highlights below:
Texas Tech's 5th Annual Pride Week Highlights
Thank you to Dr. Karen Blair for her keynote address at The Boots, Bows, & Rainbow Ties Gala.
Thank you to Tricia Earl and Lynn Whitfield for curating Through the Years: PRIDE at Texas Tech University tracing decades of LGBTQIA history.
Congratulations to Gil Caley for winning Grand Champion at this year's Pride Week Poetry Slam!

Special Recognition

Congratulations to Lady Macy Nevaeh for being crowned Miss Glamour & Fame 2021-2022! 

Contestants in the Glamour & Fame Pageant were scored on Interview, Presentation, Talent, and Formal Evening Wear. Lady Macy placed first in three of the four categories.

"My goal as an entertainer, as a gay man is to inspire generations to come," said Lady Macy in an interview with MCTV after being crowned the champion.

A special congratulations to each of the Glamour & Fame contestants, including the Miss Glamour & Fame Runner-Up, Miss Calvina. We would also like to recognize the winner of the Formal Evening Wear category, Andromeda, along with Kim Carter, Winona Wynter, and Shitonya Dreams, who each contributed to the lively and energetic evening.

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.
In an effort to get more members of our university community fully vaccinated, Texas Tech is offering an incentives program for current students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated, including those with medical and religious exemptions. The first drawing will be held on Sept. 15 to allow time for you to obtain your vaccination. If you have already been vaccinated, you can begin the entry process now.

Featured Article

Affinity Group Updates

In this Section (listed in chronological order):

  • Q'nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA & Allied Emerging Professions: November 10 & 24
  • Tech Gender & Sexuality Association: Biweekly Meetings
  • OUTlaw
  • TTUHSC Genders & Sexualities Alliance
  • Sweet Tea-ology: LGBTQIA & Faith Affinity Space
  • Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC): Weekly Meetings
  • Other Affinity Spaces and Organizations
  • TTAA Pride Network Membership Meeting: November 9
  • LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Student Association: November 16
Q’nnections: A Group for LGBTQIA and Allied Emerging Professionals
Every Other Wednesday, 12 – 1 p.m.
Next Gathering: November 10
This group is affiliated with the LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association and is open to faculty, staff, administration, and graduate students who either identify within the LGBTQIA community or as allies, and who have 5 years of experience or less in the field. 
The purpose of this group is to establish a place for open discussion, brave conversations, and a space to find a sense of belonging. The purposes are to (1) hold a debriefing space for local, national, and world news, (2) allow for an expression of emotions on news and policies, (3) provide and share resources and experiences to each other, (4) create this common gathering space, and (5) allow for emerging professionals to share professional development opportunities both on campus and within the field. 
Register for Q'nnections
Tech Gender and Sexuality Association (Tech GSA)
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m.
SUB Mesa Room
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. Reach out to president Kennedy Evans or message the Tech GSA Facebook page to learn more!
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.
Sweet Tea-ology: LGBTQIA and Faith Affinity Space
November 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
November 18 | 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.

Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space (QTSOC)
Mondays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Student Union Building, Conference Room 206 (second floor)
Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement for the weekly Queer/Trans Students of Color Affinity Space! Come through to connect with community, discuss issues both on- and off-campus impacting LGBTQIA folks of color, and have fun!
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.
Learn more about QTSOC by going to the QTSOC webpage or emailing Office administrator Stephen Chao.
Other Affinity Spaces and Organizations
PrideSTEM: 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).

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.

Interested in the following upcoming student organizations and affinity spaces for Fall 2021? Reach out to Office administrator Stephen Chao to receive updates!
RSVP for Pride Network Meeting November 9
RSVP for FSGSA Monthly Social

Peer Education, Sessions and More!

In this Section:
  • IGNITE! November 4: Living Authentically Session
  • IGNITE! November 16: Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice!
  • Peer Education Session Sneak Peek: Spring 2022
IGNITE! Living Authentically: Promising Allyship for Transgender & Gender non-Conforming Identities
November 4 | 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Via Zoom
Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement on November 4th in a facilitated discussion on promoting 'Allyship' for transgender and non-conforming identities. All Fall 2021 sessions are virtual and registration is required.

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. Participants will also brainstorm ways of practicing Allyship in their everyday lives.
Register to Attend on November 4th
IGNITE! Allyship is Not an Identity; It's a Practice
November 16 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Are you looking for an opportunity to gain foundational awareness about supporting your LGBTQIA peers? Join us in our last scheduled session of the fall semester on November 16th 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 to Attend on November 16th
Spring 2022 Sessions:
Are you Ready?
We are working hard to continue providing you with transformative learning experiences through IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship. Stay tuned for Spring sessions that will include regular (and new!) offerings through the IGNITE! program.

Interested in the Peer Education Team visiting your classroom, department, or student organization? Request a member of our staff to present on the practice of 'Allyship' by completing this

Looking Ahead: Programming and Resources

In this Section:
  • First-Gen Week - November 8-12
  • Queer Reels, Real Topics: The Whistle - November 9
  • Transgender Lives and the Law Presentation - November 11
  • Transgender Remembrance Vigil & Celebration of Life - November 11
  • Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit - Call for Proposals & More!
  • Student Counseling Center: Safe Haven Group
  • LGBTQIA+ All Recovery Meeting
  • BIPOC Student Support Group
  • Receive Updates on Student Organizations and Affinity Spaces
  • LGBTQIA Archival and Oral Histories Project
First-Gen Week
November 8 - 12
First-Gen Week is open to the Texas Tech University community of staff, faculty and students…and is designed to celebrate, empower, and engage the First-Gen Red Raider community.
Who is First-Gen at Tech? A student is considered First Generation in College (FGC) when neither parent(s) or guardian(s) has earned a Bachelor's degree in the United States.
Review the information at the links below and attached for ways to support, celebrate, and engage in First-Gen Week activities!
Follow First-Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs (FGTMP) on Instagram at @ttu_fgtmp for coverage before and during First-Gen Week.
Questions? Contact us at for more information.

Queer Reels, Real Topics
Tuesday, November 9

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


Join the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement for the Queer Reels, Real Topics screening of The Whistle (2019).

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 on TechConnect

Transgender Lives and the Law

Thursday, November 11
12:00 p.m.
Lanier Auditorium, School of Law
Featuring Guest & Legal Scholar, Ezra Young, J.D. - Cornell Law School


Presentation Title: Genitals that Matter

Abstract: Over the last decade, myriad barriers to transition related healthcare have been lifted at the state and federal level. A growing number of private and public employers provide affirmative coverage in their health plans, courts have struck down transgender exclusions in Medicaid plans, and Medicare lifted a decades’ old bar on transition-related surgeries. Consequently, more transgender people than ever before are pursuing genital reconstruction surgery. This is a happy development. And yet, the transgender rights movement has failed to account for this progress in its messaging and framing in recent impact cases. 

Today, the movement urges two irreconcilable positions. In cases challenging trans-exclusionary laws—like those brought against states that seek to exclude transgender girls and women from playing on sex-segregated teams—the movement urges that genitals do not matter, identity should trump everything. And yet, in many (but not all) healthcare coverage cases, the movement argues that genital configuration is so vitally important that refusal to cover genital reconstruction surgeries violates statutory and even constitutional protections prohibiting unequal treatment based on sex or disability, and, in the prison context, the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. 

In this talk, Young will tease out the conflicting positions taken by the transgender rights movement. He attributes the long popular “genitals don’t matter” frame in public education and litigation messaging to the fact that, for many decades, most transgender people desired genital reconstruction surgery but could not access it. Given the drastic shift in terrain, this messaging is no longer appropriate and could prove tactically and doctrinally harmful in the courts and, as it has for decades, fuels misinformation campaigns outside and within the transgender community that dangerously deter folks from seeking out necessary medical care with disastrous consequences. Ultimately, Young suggests that the movement shift tactics, embracing that, in fact, in many instances genitals do matter.

Transgender Remembrance Vigil & Celebration of Life
Thursday, November 11
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Kent Hance Chapel
Learn More

Let us gather in solemn remembrance and celebration of the beautiful lives of transgender people who are no longer with us due to fatal violence this year. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence and is observed annually on November 20.

Each year, the Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement and Tech Gender and Sexuality Association hold the Transgender Remembrance Vigil & Celebration of Life to commemorate the transgender people we have lost and uplift the stories of transgender people still with us.
5th Annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit
Call for Proposals
Submissions Accepted through December 20, 2021

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. Submit a proposal to present at the Summit here.
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.

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.

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#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. 
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  • 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.

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