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LBTQIA & Allies Awareness Month

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The Women's & Gender Studies is proud to be a part of the LGBTQIA History (Awareness) Month, a month-long annual international and national observance of  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. October was chosen because of the recognized National Coming Out Day already established as a widely known event on October 11. In addition, October commemorated the first march on Washington by LGBTQIA people in 1979.

For more information on defining LGBTQIA click on the following "on campus resource virtual pamphlet"

After the successful events organized by Texas Tech University, Student Diversity Relations in the fall of 2008, a LGBTQIA & Allies Awareness Steering Committee was formed to continue planning and scheduling events. As of 2011 the committee is now housed under the South Plains only virtual LGBTQIA Community Center, OUTwest Lubbock. As a coalition of the Lubbock community and Texas Tech University community, coordinated events are intended to encourage honesty and openness about being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and an ally.

Campus Resources

  • Office of LGBTQIA, Center for Campus Life: Within the Center for Campus Life, we facilitate and lead programming and advocacy efforts aimed at strengthening and sustaining an inclusive campus community that welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. This work is done in close collaboration with partners within the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, as well as across the institution, Lubbock, and the region.
  • LGBTQIA Student Support Group: The Student Counseling Center offers many different opportunities for group therapy throughout the year. The LGBTQIA Student Support Group is open to students wanting to discuss and explore sexual identity and/or gender identity concerns. It is suitable for students who are either firm in their identity or may be questioning an aspect of their identity. Contact the Student Wellness Center at 742-3674.
  • LGBTQIA 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. Contact Dr. Amanda Wheeler at amanda.wheeler@ttu.edu
  • TTU Gay/Straight Alliance: The Texas Tech Gay Straight Alliance exists to form a partnership between the straight and queer communities at Texas Tech. Through activism and addressing the discriminatory policies existing at the public level, giving back to the community, advocating to improve interpersonal relationships within our society at large and, creating a comfortable environment capable of acclimating members of the queer community to the University and Lubbock, they hope to build a coalition of support and enlighten those previously not aware of the struggles faced by the queer community here and around the world.
  • Ombudsman for Students: Offers confidential options for conflict resolution. Student Union Building, Room 237. Contact: 806-742-4791
  • Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center: Connects students, faculty and staff to programs and resources across the university to promote access, respect, inclusiveness and community regardless of personal culture. Contact: crosscultural@ttu.edu Location: 105 Doak Hall Box 45065 806-742-8681 or 806-742-8682

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Need a guest speaker in your classroom?

As part of LGBTQIA Awareness Month, there are presentations available to teachers for classroom discussion.

  • "Four Corners: A LGBTQIA Values Exploration" - Contact Dr. Amanda Wheeler at amanda.wheeler@ttu.edu at the TTU Student Counseling Center with questions or to schedule the program in your classroom.
  • PFLAG Lubbock: Speakers Bureau - PFLAG Lubbock has several members who volunteer to speak to community groups and university classes about issues related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sexuality. Our presenters vary depending on the topic of interest and many times we have panel presentations involving a group of our members. Contact PFLAG Lubbock at speakers@pflaglubbock.org
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