Texas Tech University

Resources for Allies

Welcome to the LGBTQ Allies Program

Hosted by the Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center, the TTU Allies Program is a community of supportive Texas Tech Faculty, Staff, and Students who affirm the rights of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning, and Transgender individuals.

Our mission is to promote acceptance and awareness of sexual and gender identity differences at Texas Tech University.

Check back regularly for information on upcoming Allies Training events and other related campus activities.

Also – check out our “TTU Allies” Facebook page!  You'll find links to LGBTQ-related current events and stories, as well as an opportunity for our Allies to communicate with each other.

For information please contact Jennifer A. Gay
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Campus Resources

  • Office of LGBTQIA

This office serves the TTU community through facilitation and leadership of programming and advocacy efforts. These initiatives are aimed at strengthening the LGBTQIA community, as well as serving as a resource for the ally community. Office is located in 201 SUB. www.lgbtqia.ttu.edu

  • Individual, Group, and Couples Counseling for LGBTQIA Students

Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center
Student Wellness Center, Room 201| 806-742-3674
For more information about group counseling, click here. 

  • Risk Intervention and Safety Education (RISE)

This is a department on campus that is focused on prevention and wellness of TTU students. They provide educational programming and other services on Gender & Sexuality, including LGBTQ resources. www.rise.ttu.edu

  • Gender and Sexuality Association

LGBTQIA & Allies student group at Texas Tech University
e-mail: ttugsa@gmail.com
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TTUGSA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ttugsa

Community Resources

  • PFLAG Lubbock

Provides support for parents, family and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons,
education for the general public, and advocacy for the gay community.
Meets third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church – 15th St. and University.
806-795-4502 or 806 790-1228

  • OUTwest Lubbock

OUTwest Lubbock is the premiere South Plains community center for (LGBTIQ) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer people.   In a space this obscure and minute it is easy for people to stand out as well as find common ground within a community.

  • LubbockPRIDE

A private civic organization that consists of representatives of the LGBT community working to build a stronger, safer, and more diverse city through civic, cultural, and educational events. http://www.lubbockpride.org/

Recommended Readings

  • A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. Hayden Curry, & Dennis Clifford, NOLO Press.
  • All Families are Different. Sol Gordon, Prometheus Books.
  • Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay & Lesbian History for High School & College Students. Kevin Jennings, ed.,
    Alyson Publications.
  • Beyond Acceptance. Carolyn Welch Griffin, Marian J. Wirth and Arthur G. Wirth, St. Martin's Press.
  • Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out. Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu, eds., Alyson Publications.
  • Biphobia: It Goes More Than Two Ways. R. Ochs. In B.A. Firestein (Ed.), Bisexuality: The Psychology and Politics of an Invisible Minority (pp. 217-239), Thousand Oaks.
  • Bisexual Resource Guide. Robin Ochs, ed., Bisexual Resource Center.
  • Coming Out: An Act of Love. Rob Eichberg, Plume.
  • Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians and Gay Men and Their Parents. Mary V. Borhek, Pilgrim Press.
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy with Bisexual and Exploring Clients. D.R. Matteson. In B.A. Firestein (Ed.), Bisexuality: The Psychology and Politics of an Invisible Minority (pp. 185-213), Thousand Oaks.
  • Does Your Momma Know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories. Lisa C. Moore, ed., Redbone Press.
  • Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies. Ellen Bass and Kate Kaufman, HarperCollins.
  • Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology. Bennett L. Singer, ed., New Press.
  • Lambda Gray: A Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Guide for Gays and Lesbians Who Are Growing Older. Jeanne Adleman, Newcastle Publications.
  • Lesbian Moms, Gay Dads: Parenting a New Generation. April Martin, Harper Collins.
  • Mom, Dad, I'm Gay: How Families Negotiate Coming Out. Ritch Savin-Williams, American Psychological Association.
  • Not the Only One: Lesbian and Gay Fiction for Teens. Tony Grima, Alyson Publications.
  • Now That I'm Out, What Do I Do? Thoughts on Living Deliberately. Brian McNaught, St. Martin's Press.
  • Now That You Know: What Every Parent Should Know About Homosexuality. Betty Fairchild and Nancy Hayward, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
  • Outing Yourself: How to Come Out As Lesbian or Gay to Your Family, Friends and Coworkers. Michelangelo Signorile, Fireside.
  • Passages of Pride: True Stories of Lesbian and Gay Teenagers. Kurt Chandler, Alyson Publications.
  • Permanent Partners: Building Gay and Lesbian Relationships that Last. Betty Berzon, E.P. Dutton.
  • Queer in America: Sex, the Media, and the Closets of Power. Michelangelo Signorile, Anchor Books.
  • Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story about Growing Up Gay. Aaron Fricke, Alyson Publications.
  • Sexual Orientation Identity Formation: A Western Phenomenon. V. Cass. In R.P. Cabaj and T.S. Stein (Eds.), Textbook of Homosexuality and Mental Health (pp. 227-251), American Psychiatric Press.
  • Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together. Bernstein, Robert A., Thunder's Mouth Press.
  • Stranger at the Gate: To be Gay and Christian in America. Mel White, Plume/Penguine.
  • The Greatest Taboo: Homosexuality in Black Communities. Delroy Constantine-Simms, ed., Alyson Publications.
  • The Uninvited Dilemma: A Question of Gender. Kim Elizabeth Stuart. Metamorphous Press.
  • Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue. Leslie Feinberg, Beacon Press.
  • Transsexuals: Candid Answers to Private Questions. Gerald Ramsey, Crossing Press.
  • True Selves: Understanding Transexualism. Mildred Brown, & Ann Chole, Jossey-Bass Inc.
  • True Selves: Understanding Transsexualism: For Families, Friends, Coworkers and Helping Professionals. Mildred L. Brown and Chloe Ann Rounsley, Routledge Press.
  • Two Teenagers in Twenty: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth. Ann Heron, ed., Alyson Publications.
  • Understanding Sexual Identity: A Book for Gay and Lesbian Teens and Their Friends. Janice E. Rench, Lerner Publications.
  • Young, Gay, and Proud. Sasha Alyson, Alyson Publications.

Website Resources

  • Human Rights Campaign
    919 18th St., NW #800
    Washington, DC 20006
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    1700 Kalorama Road NW
    Washington, DC 20009
  • Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
    8455 Beverly Blvd, #305
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
  • Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
    120 Wall Street, Suite 1500
    New York, NY 10005-3904
  • Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    1726 M Street, NW Suite 400
    Washington, DC 20036
  • LLEGÓ (National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization)
    1612 K Street, NW Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20006
  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
    121 West 27th Street Suite 804
    New York, New York 10001-6207
  • The National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education
  • National Youth Advocacy Coalition
    1638 R Street NW, Suite 300
    Washington DC, 20009
  • Out Proud
    The National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
    369 Third Street, Suite B-362
    San Rafael, CA 94901-3581

Local Religious and Spiritual Resources

  • Metropolitan Community Church of Lubbock

4501 University Ave

  • St. John's United Methodist Church

1501 University Ave

First Unitarian Universalist Church

2801 42nd St.  


St. Christopher's Episcopal Church

2807 42nd St.

• United Congregational Church

1701 East 10th St.

Congregation Shaareth Israel

6928 83rd St.

• St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

1101 Slide Rd


  • Texas Tech Crisis HelpLine:

A 24-hour service to assist students experiencing a mental health or interpersonal violence crisis. Crisis counselors are familiar with TTU and Lubbock community resources and will be able to direct the caller to appropriate resources.   806-742-5555

  • Trevor Lifeline

A leading national organization providing crisis intervention in suicide prevention services to LGBTQ yourth. It's a 24-7 hotline. 1-866-488-7386.


  • LGBT National Youth Talkline 

Serving youth through age 25. Peer counseling, information, and local resources. 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743) 


  • LGBT National Hotline

Serving callers of all ages (youth & adult). Peer counseling, information, and local resources. 1-888-843-4564


TTU Allies

Student Counseling Center