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 Bobcat Equality Alliance

Bobcat Equality Alliance (BEA)

BEA is a progressive student organization that works to promote and achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) equality, leadership and safe places. BEA seeks to be the political voice for the Texas State LGBTQ and Allies community on a wide variety of issues that include, but are not limited to: coming out; campus activism, school safety, and school climate; gender identity and expression; marriage; housing; workplace; discrimination; and health. Webpage

Lambda of Texas State

Lambda of Texas State 

Lambda is a social student organization created in order to provide a positive social and educational environment for Texas State's homosexual, bisexual, transgender students and their straight allies.  Lambda continues to provide social, political and service functions to its members and to heighten awareness in the community of the special characteristics, concerns and needs of its members. Lambda holds weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm in the LBJ Student Center Room 3-9.1. Webpage FacebookTwitter
 
Alliance

Alliance

Alliance is a faculty and staff organization that encourages, promotes and celebrates the awareness, equality, social acceptance, non-discrimination and individual freedoms of all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity.  Website

On Campus Events

Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

Wednesday, August 28, 2013  | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Free - Please bring your Texas State ID Card

 
Attention and welcome to new and incoming students!!  Come mix and mingle with Texas State LGBTQI and Ally students, staff and faculty.  This reception is a great opportunity to meet members of Lambda of Texas State, Bobcat Equality Alliance and AdvoCats.  Learn about university resources and opportunities available to freshman and incoming students. Free refreshments and door prizes.
 
Biannual Meeting

Biannual Meetings

The Biannual Meetings provide an opportunity to network with other Allies and to continue learning about the LGBTQI community. Past Biannul Meetings have brought nationally recognized LGBTQI advocates to campus, movie screenings and panel discussions. These meetings are open to all Allies of Texas State and any student, faculty, staff and community member who wishes to learn about the particular needs of the LGBTQIA community.

For times and locations please visit the MSA Calendar.

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Coming Out Week at Texas State

In observation of National Coming Out Day in October, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs sponsors the National Coming Out Week Calendar to promote all LGBTQIA related events on campus and around the local community. In addition, MSA along with Lambda of Texas State collaborate to provide various programs throughout the week. Please visit the MSA Calendar for a list of events.  
Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation Celebration

The Lavender Graduation Celebration is a cultural celebration that recognizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transexual, Queer, Intersexed and Ally students by acknowledging their achievements and contributions at Texas State.  This program is sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Student Affairs and Multicultural Student Affairs. 
 
 

 


I'm an Ally, are you?

Allies of Texas State - List of Allies on the Texas State Campus

LGBTQIA individuals have historically felt invisible or unsafe on college and university campuses, or found the climate uninviting or hostile. These conditions often foil attempts to foster student development and growth, to recruit faculty and staff and to retain the diversity of the campus community.
 
Allies of Texas State is a personal pledge made campus-wide. Those who make this pledge aim to make Texas State a more inclusive and affirming campus for the LGBTQIA community by promoting awareness and understanding about sexual and gender identities, homophobia and heterosexism. The pledge begins by attending a four (4) hour Allies of Texas State Training.
 
While the Allies Trainings do not prepare participants to counsel LGBTQIA individuals, it does however, provide participants with information and resources that will help eliminate myths, misconceptions and stereotypes often associated with LGBTQIA persons.
 
Any person who attends an Allies Training and signs and adheres to the Ally contract automatically becomes an Official Ally of Texas State. By becoming an official ally, you are part of a campus-wide network that helps sustain Texas State as a safe place for LGBTQIA Bobcats.

 

Attend an upcoming Allies Training in order to become an Official Ally of Texas State!

Allies of Texas State

Allies of Texas State Training (Students)

Student-Only Trainings are coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Allies Peer Educators facilitate the four hour trainings.

Register for Training

 

Allies of Texas State Training (Faculty & Staff)

Trainings for faculty and staff are coordinated by Texas State Alliance and the Office of Professional Development. Participants will receive four (4) CPE credits upon completion of workshop.

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Other On Campus Resources

Safe Office Program

Safe Office Program

A Safe Office is a place where 75% or more of all full-time (FTE) have completed the four hour Allies Training. In addition, Safe Offices pledge to:
  • Display the Safe Office Placard in highly visible and trafficked area
  • Post a non-discriminatory policy that includes sex, sexual orientation and gender identity in prominent places, such as the website, social media sites and waiting areas
  • Encourages new employees to participate in creating a safe office by encouraging them to attend an Allies Training
  • Include and make available LGBTQIA-friendly posters, brochures and magazines in their waiting areas and offices
  • Update current forms to be gender-neutral
  • Not allow offensive jokes or comments about LGBTQIA people to occur in the office
 
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AdvoCats

Advocats is a programming team under the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs comprised of staff and students lead by the MSA Coordinator for LGBTQIA Programs. The group's mission is to prepare students that identify with the LGBTQIA community to be responsible and affirming leaders in a global society. Advocats provides student based, community-led educational outreach programs that address heterosexism and homophobia.
 
Allies of Texas State

LGBTQIA Advisory Council

The LGBTQIA Advisory Council is comprised of various faculty and staff members who meet once per semester to assist the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) by assessing current LGBTQIA programs offered by SDI and provide feedback and suggestions to better serve LGBTQIA students on campus.
 
 Gender-neutral restrooms

Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Texas State University is committed to making its campus a more inclusive campus for all faculty, staff, students and visitors. Please visit the link below to see a list of all gender-neutral restrooms on campus. 
 

Staying Informed

To read more about the Coming Out Process and other educational information related to the LGBTQIA Community please visit the following link: Learn More

Below are lists of national and local resources that include financial, faith-based and spirituality, health, news, polical and legal, social media, support and advocacy services and opportunities for LGBTQI persons and Allies.  These lists are intended to promote awareness of available resources. Please contact the respective organization or company for detailed and specific information. List of Local and National Resources

We do our best to identify resources that are available to LGBTQI persons.  However, if there are resources that you would like to include or suggest, then complete the online form to send us your recommendation(s).


Report an Incident

This report is meant for any LGBTQI person or Ally who wishes to report an incident and/or request for assistance. Reporting an incident allows the us to have statistics that can be presented to the administration in order to address LGBTQIA safety needs.You can report an incident anonymously.

Submit Incident Report