Texas Tech University

GLBTQ Awareness Month 2008

GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender) Awarenss Week

Organized by Texas Tech University, Student Diversity Relations

Sponsoring programs:

  • Student Counseling Center
  • University Student Housing
  • Department of English
  • TTU Library
  • Women's Studies
  • Association of Creative Writing
  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Lubbock
  • Metropolitan Community Church Lubbock
  • Lubbock Interfaith Fellowship for Equality (L.I.F.E.)
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church
  • National Center for Transgender Equality
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Texas State Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
  • Equality Texas

Thursday, October 2

Allies Training
Leadership Center, Carpenter/Wells, 9:30am-10:20am
Educating students, faculty, and staff through factual information of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) identity development topics.

Tim Miller: Sex/Body/Self, Performance and Lecture
HS Bldg. RM 169 7:00pm
Hailed for his humor and passion, Tim Miller has developed shows based on his personal life as a gay man and an activist. He is the author of Shirts and Skins, Body Blows and 1001 Beds. His theater works have been published in the play collections O Solo Homo: the New Queer Performance and Sharing the Delirium-Second Generation of AIDS Plays and Performances. Reception to follow.

Friday, October 3

Student Workshop
Exercise Science Center Gym, 8th St. and Akron Ave., 10:00am-12:00pm
Tim Miller will share a variety of strategies to create original performances frm the tremendous energies and storeis present in our lives. No performance experience necessary.

Monday, October 6 

Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues – Class presentation
Introduction to Social Work, 9:00am-9:50am

Intro to PFLAG History and Transgender Terminology
12:00-12:50 p.m., Student Union, Senate Room.
“Journey to a Hate-free Millennium” film and discussion
2:30-5:00 p.m., Student Union, Senate Room.
An award-winning documentary by Brent Scarpo of national headlines stories: the awful student shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO; torturous dragging death of James Byrd, Jr., an African-American man in TX; the brutal beating death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student in Wyoming. The inspiring documentary addresses the subject of hate by searching how it is “taught and learned”, the scope of its danger beginning with childhood taunting to murder.
"Queer.101" panel discussion, 6:00 p.m., Human Sciences Bldg. RM 169.
Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Program and University Student Housing.
Learn the facts about GLBT issues on campus and how to support GLBT students. Combining multiple disciplines and genres, it is an open forum for all to discuss, present and learn more about diversity specific to sexual identity.

Tuesday, October 7

Painting Out the Doors
Stangel/Murdough Complex
Artistic? Creative? You don't have to be to help design and paint the Coming Out doors. An all-day event.

Morning Allies Training, 9:30-10:20 a.m., Student Union, Mesa Room
Educating students, faculty, and staff through factual information of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) identity development topics.
Afternoon Allies Training, 12:30-1:20 p.m., Student Union, Mesa Room
Educating students, faculty, and staff through factual information of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) identity development topics.
“The Transgender Person: A Family and Friend Perspective”
2:00-3:15 p.m., English Bldg. RM 201
A candid conversation with family, friends, and colleagues as they explore the changes in their basic assumptions of life when a loved one changes genders.
“For the Bible Tells Me So” film and discussion
6:30-9:00 p.m., Human Sciences Bldg. RM 169
Through the experiences of five Christian, American families, including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson - discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, this award-winning film offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.  

Wednesday, October 8

Rainbow Banquet, Student Union, Matador Room 11:30-1:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker, Katy Stewart ( TX PFLAG)

“Academic and Transgender”
2:00-2:50 p.m., Student Union, Matador Room
A brief introduction to PFLAG Lubbock and its support, education, and advocacy efforts to create a society that is respectful of human diversity. Transgender students face numerous obstacles in an educational environment. We'll discuss recent tragedies and triumphs addressed in the media and examine the experiences of several students as they progress in their educational goals.
TransAlly Training, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Student Union, Mesa Room
Understanding transgender identity and being a student Ally committed to enhancing the quality of the campus environment for everyone. 

Thursday, October 9

“Opening the Door to the Inclusion of Transgender People”
9:30-10:50 a.m., Student Union, Mesa Room.
A National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force joint publication based on years of personal and professional experience within GLBT organizations. Opening the Door makes the case for full inclusion at every level of an organization; examines the need for genuine, consistent advocacy for inclusion of gender identity and expression in policies, programs, legislative stances and public positions; and explores critical issues such as understanding the transgender experience and the role of an ally. Curriculum provided by co-authors Justin Tanis (NCTE) and Lisa Mottet (Task Force Transgender Civil Rights Project). Katy Stewart (TX PFLAG) and Lindsay Marsh (Equality Texas) will co-facilitate the presentation.
Student Faculty, Staff Brown Bag Lunch and Guest Panel
11:00-12:20 p.m., Student Union East Basement Lounge.
Bring your lunch and join guest speakers for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, including insight into their personal experience as GLBT supporters and advocates. Cookies and drinks will be provided. 

Friday, October 10

“Workplace and Transgender” 9:00-9:50 a.m., Student Union Mesa room.
In the close environment of the workplace fitting in can prove to be difficult, and when a person transitions, basic workplace assumptions change and employees may need guidance. You want to support and respect your employees' decisions but where do you turn for help, what can be expected, and how do you protect privacy rights? Find out where and how to begin your work towards a smooth transition. A representative from the TTU Human Resources office will be available to address TTU-specific questions.

Texas Tech University, Gay/Straight Alliance
10:00-4:00 p.m., Studet Union FREE Speach Area
Celebrating National Coming Out Day
Parents Brown Bag Lunch with PFLAG and Coming Out Panel
12:00-1:00 p.m., Student Union East Basement Lounge

Organized by the Student Diversity Relations, Division of Student Affairs (Questions? Call 742-5777 or email .