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October 11-15

The Office of LGBTQIA Education & Engagement invites you to join us as we celebrate Pride Week whether you identify as part of the LGBTQIA community or want to show your support through allyship.

Volunteer for Pride Week

Monday, October 11

Archival ExhibitThrough the Years: PRIDE at Texas Tech University 
Texas Tech University Library
(On view October 1 - 31, 2021)

Pride Week Kickoff & T-Shirt Distribution
Support Provided by Center for Campus Life
Student Union Building - North Plaza (Outside)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (While Supplies Last)

The Boots, Bows, & Rainbow Ties Gala*
Ticket Sales Closed - For Last-Minute Registrations, Call (806) 742-5433

Support Provided by the Office for Student Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct
Student Union Building - Ballroom
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
*Due to COVID-19, Pride Week Organizers have Elected to Reduce Tickets Sold to Facilitate Physical Distancing.

Dr. Karen Blair

Featuring Dr. Karen Blair, Trent University, Ontario, Canada

"I Wanna Hold Your Hand - But - Is It Safe? Experiences of Public Affection Sharing in Same-Sex Versus Mixed-Sex Relationship"

Affection sharing is one of our most basic forms of human communication. The hand on the small of a back, a head leaning on a shoulder, a hug, or a squeeze around the knuckles can communicate support, love, compassion and so much more, but not everyone feels equally free to share such forms of affection with their partner in front of onlookers. While everyone varies in their personal preferences and levels of comfort when it comes to PDAs (Public Displays of Affection), individuals in socially marginalized relationships often feel that even the most mundane forms of affection sharing are ‘off-limits' due to the potential for unwanted consequences. Indeed, although civil rights for LGBTQ individuals have been steadily increasing over the last two decades, in many jurisdictions, anti-LGBTQ hate crimes have also been increasing. Anti-LGBTQ hate crimes are more likely to be violent than other forms of hate crimes and are not infrequently precipitated by some form of affection sharing between members of a same-sex or gender-diverse couple. While the media is replete with such stories, in this talk I will explore empirical data collected that demonstrates the toll that social prejudices can take on the ability of those in same-sex and gender-diverse relationships to share the simplest of affections with each other while in public. While the notion of holding hands in public may, for some, seem like a rather inconsequential activity that one can either take or leave according to their own personal preferences, the ability to view affection sharing as a personal preference rather than a socially-regulated and controlled behavior belies the true experiences of many for whom the very thought of sharing affection in public leads to vigilance and concerns for safety. 

Special Performance by Guest Artist and Slam Poet, Regie Cabico.

Tuesday, October 12

Tie Dye Versity
Organized by Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE)
Red Raider Plaza
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship
"Femmephobia 101: Exploring and Challenging Rules, Norms and Assumptions About Femininity"
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Register for IGNITE! Femmephobia 101

Featuring Dr. Karen Blair, Trent University, Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin, University of Waterloo, and Dr. Jocelyne Bartram Scott, Bucknell University

What comes to mind when you think of femininity? When you meet a feminine person, what assumptions do you make about them? What assumptions do you feel others make about your own femininity? Have you ever tried to distance yourself from feminine traits or people? In this workshop participants will learn to identify the norms, rules, and assumptions surrounding femininity as well as who is impacted by them. By considering whose femininity is societally acceptable and the limits of femininity's acceptability, workshop attendees will build a collective understanding of femme and feminine-of-center experiences as well as the broader impact of femmephobia. We will discuss the role and impact of femmephobia in our daily lives as well as brainstorm how we can interrupt femmephobia in ourselves and others through everyday interventions. Ultimately, participants will develop an understanding of the relationship between patriarchy, the gender binary, and femmephobia. Together, workshop attendees will learn the importance of disrupting femmephobia to meet intersectional social justice agendas, particularly those aimed at improving sexuality and gender identity equity and inclusion.

Queer Reels, Real Topics Film Screening
Featuring Indianara (2019)
Student Union Building - Escondido Theater
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Register for Queer Reels Screening

Poetry Slam Participant Workshop  Optional
Student Union Building - Mesa Room
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Guest Artist Regie Cabico

Wednesday, October 13

Coming Out Stories
Organized by Tech Gender & Sexuality Association
In-Person: Human Sciences 111
Virtual: https://zoom.us/j/91534190428  
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

For LGBTQIA+ folks, coming out is a process that can be both frightening and liberating at the same time. Hosted by Tech Gender & Sexuality Association, this year's annual Coming Out Stories program invites all LGBTQIA and allied members of the Texas Tech community to share their coming out experiences, bond, and give/receive coming out tips and advice! Whether you want to share your story or just take in the moment and offer some snaps of support, this space is here to support you!

Pride Week Poetry Slam 
Student Union Building - Ballroom
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Poetry Slam Information and Rules
Register for Poetry Slam

Featuring Guest Artist and Slam Poet, Regie Cabico

Thursday, October 14

IGNITE! Texas Tech's Program for LGBTQIA Allyship
Creating LGBTQIA Allyship Action Plans
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Register for IGNITE! Creating Allyship Action Plans

Practicing allyship involves taking action to change our surroundings at the interpersonal and institutional levels. During this workshop, participants will examine the social and work spaces they navigate on a day-to-day basis and develop allyship action plans for promoting greater LGBTQIA inclusion in those spaces.

LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association (FSGSA) Happy Hour and GAYme Night
Burklee Hill Vineyards, 1109 Broadway Avenue
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
RSVP for FSGSA Happy Hour and GAYme Night

Join the LGBTQIA Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association (FSGSA) for appetizers, drinks, and pride-themed games (bingo, trivia, etc.). Learn more about the LGBTQIA FSGSA online. 

Friday, October 15

Virtual Gender & Sexual Identities Colloquium 
Organized by Women's & Gender Studies
Keynote: 12:00 p.m.
Register for the Colloquium

Stevie Berberick

Featuring Dr. Stevie Berberick, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Gender and Women's Studies, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA. Dr. Berberick's first monograph, "Reframing Sex: Unlearning the Gender Binary with Trans Masculine YouTube Vloggers", was released in November of 2020. The book is an exploration of both mainstream and independent media. Grounded in qualitative methods, Reframing Sex explores three trans masculine run YouTube channels through virtual ethnography and places the content of these channels in conversation with corporate streaming productions: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Orange is the New Black, and Transparent. 

Miss Glamour & Fame: Texas Tech's Pride Week Drag Pageant
Club Luxor, 2211 Marsha Sharp Freeway
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Register to Compete in Glamour & Fame

Featuring Guest Entertainer Shantell D'Marco, Miss Continental (2017), this annual pageant features incredible drag performers from Texas Tech and throughout west Texas.

Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the pageant will benefit Tech Gender & Sexuality Association.