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West Texas Community

LubbockPRIDE A private civic organization that consists of representatives of the LGBTQ+ community working together to build a stronger, safer, and more diverse city through civic, cultural, and educational events. About Us

OUTwest Lubbock A virtual community center for the LGBTQ+ community in the South Plains area. (Website)

PFLAG Lubbock A support, education, and advocacy network for parents, families, friends, and allies of LGBTQ+ persons. PFLAG Lubbock is a local chapter of the national organization. They have monthly meetings every 3rd Tuesday of the month (September - November, January - May), 7 PM at St. John’s United Methodist Church (1501 University Ave.) They have a picnic in June and a social in December. (Website) (Facebook Page) (Gender Spectrum Support Group)

SPeCtra (South Plains College LGBTQIA+ and Allies Group) A group that strives to form a strong bond between the straight and LGBTQ+ communities at South Plains College. (Facebook Page)

Project C.H.A.M.P.S. A local program that aims to improve the quality, availability, and organization of health care and support services for individuals with HIV infections and their families. (Website) 806 771 0736

Buff Allies A group of staff, faculty, and students who are committed to creating a safe campus for LGBTQ+ members of the WTAMU community, in Amarillo. (Website) (Facebook)

Texas Tech Campus Resources

Main Campus

Risk Intervention & Safety Education Office (RISE) Focuses on prevention and wellness of TTU students. They provide educational programming and other services on Gender and Sexuality. (Website)

Campus Climate & Incident Reporting Form If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed discrimination or harassment related to sexual orientationand/or gender identity, you can report the incident by contacting the RISE Office. (Website) 806 742 2110 (Email) (Link to Form)

Texas Tech Student Counseling Center Provides confidential individual, group, and couple counseling for TTU students. Students pay for this service through their student service fee, so no session fee is required. See their website for more information on how to obtain an appointment. (Website)

Safe Haven Support Group Facilitated by the Student Counseling Center staff, this confidential service offers an opportunity to TTU students for exploration of sexual/gender identity related concerns. Screening appointment required. (Website)

Transgender/Non-Binary Gender Support Group Facilitated by the Student Counselling Center staff, this support group for TTU students questioning their gender identity or who qualify as transgender or non-binary. Screening appointment required. (Website)

Student Legal Services Offers low cost legal assistance for TTU and TTUHSC students, including name and gender marker changes. (Website)

TTU Center for Campus Life: Office of LGBTQIA Serves the TTU community through facilitation and leadership of programming and advocacy efforts. These initiatives are aimed at strengthening the LGBTQ+ community, as well as serving as a resource for the Ally community. (Website)

Tech Gender and Sexuality Association (GSA) Student organization that provides a safe environment and support network for LGBTQ+ persons and their Allies. (Facebook Page)

Law School

OUTlaw Student organization for LGBTQ+ Law School students. (Website)

TTU Health Sciences Center

TTUHSC Gay-Straight Alliance Student organization at for Health Sciences Center students that provides support for the LGBTQ+ community through advocacy and education. (Facebook Page)

National Resources

Equality Texas Advocates and lobbies for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. This foundation also educates and engages the public about policies and their effects on Texans of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. (Website)

Human Rights Campaign America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBTQ+ persons. (Website)

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas Works to extend rights to segments of our population that have been denied their rights, including people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ+ persons, prisoners, and people with disabilities. (Website)

National LGBTQ Task Force The oldest LGBTQ advocacy group, they advance freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people. (Website)

PFLAG (National) A large non-profit organization with over 200,000 members that promotes the health and well-being of LGBT persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy. (Website)

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE) A national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more LGBTQ parent. (Website)

Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) A leading national education organiation focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. (Website)

Straight Spouse Network An international organization that provides personal, confidential support and information to heterosexual spouses/partners, current or former, of LGBT mates and mixed-orientation couples for constructively resolving coming-out problems. (Website)

Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) An organization devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female. (Website)

Q Christian Fellowship Helps create safe spaces both on and offline for Christians of all denominations to make friends, ask questions, get and offer support to others. (Website)

Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN) Hosts the world’s largest online asexual comunity as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create an open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual persons alike. (Website)

Trevor Lifeline A 24/7 hotline providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ+ youths. (Website) 1 866 488 7386

It Gets Better Project A project whose mission is to communicate to LGBTQ+ youth around the world that it does get better, and to create and inspire the change needed to make it better for them. (Website)

The Transgender Partner Blog support site for partners of trans MTF (Male to Female) persons. (Website)

GLBT National Hotline Service providing peer-counseling, national resources, and factual information. (Website) 1 888 843 4564


Doctors and Psychology

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Places of Worship

Metropolitan Community Church of Lubbock 4501 University Ave. (Website)

St. John’s United Methodist Church 1501 University Ave. (Website)

First Unitarian Universalist Church 2801 42nd St. (Website)

Covenant Presbyterian Church 4600 48th St. (Website)

United Congregational Church 1701 E 10th St. (Website)

Second Baptist Church 6109 Chicago Ave. (Website)

Congregation Shaareth Israel 6928 83rd Street (Website)

Wedding Services

David’s Bridal 5027 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 100 (Website) 806 785 1106

Bliss Bridal - Lubbock 806 368 5743

NeverEnding Memories Photography For portraits and bridal pictures. (Website) (Facebook Page)

Literature

Trans Issues

As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl. John Colapinto, HarperCollins, 2000.

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Susan Kuklin, Candlewick Press, 2014.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. Laura Erickson-Schroth, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue. Nicholas Teich, Columbia University Press, 2012.

 

Christianity

A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith. Brian McClaren. HarperOne, 2010.

Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. Justin Lee, Jericho Books, 2012.

We Were Baptized Too. Alexander, Marilyn Bennett and Preston, James. Westminster John Knox Press, 1996.

 

Coming Out & Acceptance

Coming Out to Parents: A Two-Way Survival Guide for Lesbians, Gay Men, and their Parents. Mary Borhek, Pilgrim Press, 1993.

Becoming Gay: The Journey to Self-Acceptance. Richard Isay, Vintage, 2009.

Beyond Acceptance: Parents of Lesbians and Gays Talk About their Experiences. Griffin, Carolyn Welch, and Marian J. and Arthur G. Wirth, St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

Out of the Closet – Into Our Hearts: Celebrating our Gay/Lesbian Family Members. Laura Siegel and Nancy, Leyland Publications, 2001.

The Beloved and ‘Bent’: Families Learning to Accept Lesbians and Gays. Allen-Thompson, Pam and Di Allen-Thompson, Diversity Press, 1996.

The Family Heart: A Memoir of When Our Son Came Out. Dew, Rob Forman, Fawcett Books, 1995.

 

Straight-LGBT Relations

A Family and Friends Guide to Sexual Orientation: Bridge the Divide between Gay and Straight. Bob Powers and Alan Ellis, Routlege, 1996.

Friends and Family: True Stories of Gay America's Straight Allies. Dan Woog, Alyson Publications, 1999.

Just a Mom. Betty DeGeneres, Alyson Publications, 2001.

Loving Someone Gay. Clark, Donald H. and Don Clark, Celestial Arts, 1997.

Navigating Differences: Friendships between Gay and Straight Men, Jammie Price, Haworth, 1999.

Straight Parents, Gay Children: Keeping Families Together. Robert Bernstein, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1999.

What if Someone I Know is Gay? Answers to Questions about Gay and Lesbian People. Eric Marcus and Jane O’ Connor, Price Stern Sloan Publishing, 2000.

Nightlife

The Garden LGBT friendly outdoor bar in the Depot District that holds weekly drag shows, group activities and games. (Website) (Facebook Page)

Club Luxor LGBT friendly club near TTU campus offering regular guest performers and weekly drag shows. (Website) (Facebook Page)