TTU LGBTQIA Office
The TTU LGBTQIA Office serves the Texas Tech community through facilitation and leadership of programming and advocacy efforts. These initiatives are aimed at strengthening the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) community, as well as serving as a resource for the ally community. Together, this work sustains an inclusive campus that affirms people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. This work is done in close collaboration with partners in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, as well as across the institution, Lubbock, and the region.
Click here for a link to the a list of classes that address issues of gender equity.
The goal of the Tech Gender and Sexuality Association (GSA) is to make Texas Tech and the Lubbock community a safe and welcoming place to all students - regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. GSA participates in national campaigns to raise awareness, such as the Day of Silence, and National Coming Out Day. GSA meetings promote an open-minded atmosphere and a new social experience for like-minded individuals.
An "Ally" is "a person who strives to end the discrimination of the oppressed population in their personal and professional life by being an advocate for the LGBTQ community. There have more and more LGBT Ally organizations strive to make the culture of a campus or workplace more aware and accepting of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.
To learn more about Allies Training, follow this link: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/diversity/ccaac/GLBTQ.php
For more information and to register for the training, please contact Dr. Amanda Wheeler, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation. It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students. Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995. The first Lavender Graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduates. By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at Colleges and Universities nationwide. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each year the week prior to university-wide commencement events."
Read about Lavender Graduation here: http://www.hrc.org/resources/lavender-graduation
The first Lavender Graduation was held at Texas Tech on May 19th, 2016.