Texas Tech University

First-Year and Queer/Trans Space

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Come get the FAQTS about LGBTQIA life at Tech! FAQTS is an affinity space focused on serving students in their first year at Texas Tech who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual (LGBTQIA), or are questioning their gender or sexuality. However, all students searching for resources and community are welcome to attend. Each week, FAQTS invites a speaker to share about LGBTQIA-affirming resources on and off campus. This is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the many resources available for Texas Tech students!

Fall 2022

During fall 2022, FAQTS meets on Wednesdays from 4 – 5 p.m. in Doak Hall Room 119. Registration is available on TechConnect (linked to each week below), however, it is not necessary.  Please come, even if you didn't register for that weekly session.

Below are our topics for the fall semester:

  • September 27: First-Year Mixer
    • Location: Doak Hall room 119
    • Description: Learn about LGBTQIA communities on campus from some of our student leaders! We will also have board and card games available for folks to start making new connections!
  • October 4: Navigating Names and Gender Markers
    • Location: Doak Hall room 119
    • Description: We will provide resources from the Office of the Registrar and University ID Office related to changing your chosen first name and gender marker in the university system. Furthermore, our guest speaker Shanae Salter, JD., attorney at Student Legal Services, will share how to pursue a legal name and gender marker change in Texas.
  • October 11: Mental Health
    • Location: Doak Hall room 119
    • Description: Our guest speaker Dr. Amanda Wheeler, assistant director, coordinator of outreach services at the Student Counseling Center, will speak about mental health resources available for LGBTQIA students. Furthermore, she will lead a discussion on how to take care of your own mental health as we head to the end of the Fall semester and the holidays.
  • October 19: Accessing LGBTQIA Healthcare
    • Location: Doak Hall room 119
    • Description: Guest speaker Dr. Erika Radford, assistant medical director of TTU Student Health Services, will share resources on accessing LGBTQIA healthcare on campus. Services offered by Student Health Services include providing access to birth control, hormone therapy, STI testing and care, HIV/AIDS prevention (i.e. PrEP), and more. Furthermore, Dr. Radford can provide resources for students with questions about health record privacy and insurance.
  • October 25: PRIDE WEEK
    • Location: Various
    • Description: Look at all the events listed for Pride Week and follow us on Instagram.
  • November 1: Inclusive Sex Ed
    • Location: Doak Hall room 119
    • Description: Program staff and peer educators from the Risk Intervention Safety Education (RISE) office will present on LGBTQIA-inclusive sexual education. Furthermore, they will share the resources available from RISE, including workshops on alcohol and drugs, bystander intervention, consent and sexual assault, and stress management.
  • November 8: Know Your Rights: LGBT+ Youth
    • Location: Doak Hall room 119
    • Description: 
  • November 15: "Friendsgiving" Holiday Celebration
    • Special Time and Location
    • Location: TBD
    • Description: Join us as volunteers and Proud Allies of the LGBTQIA community gather together for a special "Friendsgiving" feast with your friends and family of choice.
  • November 29: Library Study Resources
    • Location: Doak Hall room 119
    • Description: Guest speaker Joshua Salmans, LGBTQIA Education and Engagement Librarian will go over tips and tricks to get you the research, study time and information you need for those end of semester projects and prepare for finals.

Register via TechConnect (just search "FAQTS") or by emailing Office administrator Office of LGBTQIA. We hope to see you there!


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