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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 and Events! 

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  • 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. Welcome to the Family RSVP

  • 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 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

    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

    The Lavender Graduation Celebration is a cultural celebration that recognizes LGBTQIA+ 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

  • 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 focus on the intersex, non-binary, self-care, strategies for activism, and advocacy through one's talents within the LGBTQIA+ community. The symposium includes keynote speakers and student peer-to-peer engagement to facilitate growth and development.

    While we encourage that you attend all the session as possible, we understand you cannot attend the entire summit. Please feel free to participate in as many session as you are able to.

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    Click to Register

Safe Office Placard

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.

Allies of Texas State - Trainings

Allies Placard

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+ community. 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 Educators. 

Register as an Individual | Register as a Student Group

Faculty & Staff Trainings

Coordinated by the Alliance of Texas State and the Office of Organizational Development & Communication. Faculty and Staff will register via SAP when trainings become available.

Interested in becoming an AdvoCats Peer Educator?

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.

Submit Application


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Support Groups

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.