Who are your BQOCs (Big Queers on Campus)?
By Andy Campbell,
7:39PM, Tue. Sep. 2, 2008
Welcome back to school, queers! It's going to be a great year (hurricane season not withstanding).
For the queers at Texas State University (my place of employment), just south of Austin in San Marcos there's a Diversity Bar-B-LGBTQue (cute, ain't it?) at Sewell Park on September 10, 5-9 PM. There will be noshing, game-playing (volleyball, horseshoe), and a "slammin' DJ" Don't miss this inclusive event! The Bar-B-LGBTQue is put on by Lambda of Texas State, a student-run organization. You can friend them on Facebook or Myspace.
Hey sailor, St. Edwards has it's own GLBT/Straight alliance. Email email@example.com to get on board! Arrr!
If you're a student at the University of Texas in Austin, like me, you have a wealth of LGBTQ resources to choose from: The Queer Students Alliance is hosting a Welcome Carnival this Fri., Sept. 5, 5pm on campus. Email the alliance or call 232-1831 for location and details. They promise a "campy good time."
UT also boasts the always wonderful Gender and Sexuality Center is the place for online resources, and considering it is a relatively recent addition to the University system y'all should go down and say "Hi" and introduce yourselves, or you know, just get on the listserv. One of the more innovative programs that the GSC sponsors is the LGBT Mentor and Peer Mentoring (Peers for Pride) programs – where students are paired up with LGBT/ally faculty and peers, to get the kind of one-on-one support needed to make it through the academic year.
Also: UT has a PINK BOOK (ooh la la!) that lists all of the courses available from the university with LGBTQ content. Some of my favorite courses this semester are:
Sexualities Across Mexican Cultures, Literature of African AIDS, Gays and Lesbians in American Society, and Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture.
and perhaps the most intriguing course: The Uncanny, taught by trans studies pioneer Sandy Stone.
Speaking of trans Transgender Texas is UT's Transgender student org! For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the proud tradition of community organizers and legal activists everywhere the University of Texas Law School has a GLBTQ nascent lawyer group called (appropriately enough) OUTlaw.
Another incredible student organization at UT dedicated to getting queers to mingle is HangOut, they have multiple weekly gatherings: A Coffee Meetup on Wednesdays at Little City on Congress (10PM-12AM), and a HangOut Picnic at the Turtle Pond under that great phallic symbol of the tower (11AM-3PM). Don't you dare pencil it into your schedule... write it IN PEN!
Though I tried to search for a SGL (that's same-gender-loving!) group at Huston-Tillotson, my search yielded no results. Although they do have a link to the National Association of LGBT Community Centers on their Counseling Services webpage. I guess it's a start. C'mon Rams let's get moving!
The same is, unfortunately, true of Concordia University. Their counseling center doesn't even have a link to an LGBTQ support group. Boo! So if you're queer at Concordia, we'll be your defunct GLBTQ center, just set your homepage to The Gay Place or The Gay Place Blog. That's how we roll!
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