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LGBTQIA Persons and Allies Resources

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and aromantic (LGBTQIA) students, staff and faculty are valued and affirmed members of Texas State.  As an underrepresented community, LGBTQIA persons contribute to and participate in the diversity of Texas State University. 
Since 2000, Texas State has created and established programs to promote awareness about sexual and gender identities through education and training. Our belief is that LGBTQIA persons excel as members of Texas State when their full identities are included and affirmed.  Information on this page is provided with the intention of promoting visible support, increasing safe spaces, challenging oppression (homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism), and improving the knowledge and understanding of Texas State Allies.

Programs & Events

LGBTQIA Programs

Welcome to the Family

January 24, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Coming Out at Texas State

October 11, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Texas State Quad

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location TBD

Transgender Day of Visibility

March 30, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater

Queer Collegiate Summit

April 21, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Lavender Graduation Celebration

May 9, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
LBJ Student Center Ballroom
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Welcome to the Family

Welcome to the Family

All new and incoming students, staff and faculty are welcomed!  You are welcomed to mix and mingle with Texas State LGBTQIA and Ally students, organizations staff and faculty.  This welcome reception is a great opportunity to meet members LGBTIQA organizations, new friends, and potential mentors.  You will learn about University resources and opportunities that are available. Refreshments, food and prizes are provided.

Coming Out at Texas State

Coming Out at Texas State

Coming Out at Texas State is opportunity to celebrate coming out LGBTQIA or as an Ally. The National Coming Out Day is celebrated on October 11th across the United States and observed at Texas State during the entire week of October 11th.

Outreach programs will be provided daily and in conjunction with LGBTQIA student organizations and Alliance of Texas State.

More information.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Rememberance

In observation of and conjunction with the nationally observed Transgender Day of Remembrance, Texas State honors the memory of transgender persons whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Transgender Day of Remember is observed nationally and internationally on November 20.

Program is made possible and hosted by the collaborative efforts of Transcend of Texas State, PFLAF San Marcos, San Marcos Unitarian Fellowship and the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion.

For more information and program details - visit Transcend of Texas State.

Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility

Texas State shows its support and affirmation of transgender persons by participating in Transgender Day of Visibility. Transgender Day of Visibility is observed nationally on March 31st and which raises awareness about accomplishments, issues and needs of the transgender community.

For more information and program details - visit Transcend of Texas State.

Human Rights Campaign's Transgender Visibility Guide

Screening of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric 

Transcend of Texas State and sponsors will feature this film.  Katie Couric travels across the U.S. to talk with families, activists, authors, scientists, and psychologists about the complexities of gender, identity and expression.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM  (Panel starts at 7:30 PM)
LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater (4th floor - Room 4-16.1)

Transgender Day of Visibility - Flyer

Lavender Graduation Celebration

Lavender Graduation Celebration

The Lavender Graduation Celebration is a cultural celebration that recognizes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex 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 SDI.

RSVP required for graduates   |   Ally Awards - As part of Spring Celebration

Queer Collegiate Summit

The Queer Collegiate Summit is a symposium program specifically for LGBTQIA+ and Ally students. The focus of this program is to encourage personal and professional development in areas of involvement, community, academics, social justice, and activism. The Queer Collegiate Summit theme is on the intersectionality within the LGBTQIA+ community. The symposium includes workshops, panels, keynote speakers and student peer-to-peer engagement to facilitate growth and development.There is no cost to attend.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Click to Register

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Safe Office Program

The Safe Office Program is a collaborative effort between the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion and Alliance of Texas State.
Offices and departments that are designated as a Safe Office ensure that Texas State LGBTQIA students are supported and affirmed by providing inclusive and timely assistance and resources with their academic and personal needs.  A Safe Office is a place where 75% or more of all full-time (FTE) have completed the four hour Allies Training.  See below for more information.

Trainings to become an Ally of Texas State

Ally of Texas State
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.


Student Only Trainings

Coordinated by the Office of Student
& Inclusion and AdvoCats Peer

Faculty & Staff Trainings

Coordinated by the Alliance of Texas
Development.  Participants receive
four (4) CPE credits upon completion
of workshop

Interested in becoming an AdvoCats Peer Educator?

Upcoming Training

August 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LBJSC Room 4-1.6
The Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion is seeking passionate students who are interested in serving as AdvoCats Peer Educator.  This team of peer educators facilitate the Allies of Texas (Student Only) Trainings to Texas State students and contribute to the growing number of Allies on campus.  Training is required and provided to become an AdvoCats Peer Educator.

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Group Counseling

LGBTQIA+ Support and Empowerment Group

Thursdays – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
LBJSC Room 5-4.1

It can be empowering to join with others to discuss the impact that your sexual, romantic, and/or gender identities have on crucial aspects of your life. This group will allow members to share life experiences, examine issues related to LGBTQIA identity, explore and define personal identity, improve relationships with others, and be part of an inclusive and supportive environment.

Report an Incident

This report is meant for any LGBTQIA person or Ally who wishes to report an incident and/or request for assistance.  Reporting an incident allows to address issues related to LGBTIQA safety needs. All reports are anonymous.

Submit Incident Report

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Restore Honor Ride

Featured Program

Restore Honor Ride

Restore Honor Ride is a 3,500-mile bicycle ride from Santa Monica, CA to Washington DC beginning April 23.

The purpose of the Restore Honor Ride is to recognize and honor the hundreds of thousands of patriotic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans who suffered from discrimination while in the military, and had to hide who they were in order to serve their country.

Those who were discharged or forced to resign for being gay, now have the right to receive the honorable discharge that they were denied, get the benefits that they are entitled to, and re-enlist and serve openly if they choose. Our goal is to reach those Veterans who were affected by the previous policies of the U.S. military and make them aware of their options.

For more information:

Vicki Hallman | Lecturer, Health and Human Performance Department or
512.826.2624  |  @RestoreHonor1