OUTwest Lubbock is the premiere South Plains community center for (LGBTIQ) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer people. In a space this obscure and minute it is easy for people to stand out as well as find common ground within a community.
OUTwest is the place for those to speak out, take notice and become active in promoting diversity which includes but is not limited to; race, class, gender, age, ability and sexual identity.
Mission: Promote, educate and celebrate equality for all within the LGBTIQ multi-cultural individuals, organizations and communities.
Vision: Our vision is to support a positive presence where LGBTIQ people are welcomed and celebrated; where intolerance is challenged and defeated; where voices are heard, included and affirmed; and where civil rights of all people are valued and respected.
History: From 1985 – 1992 the Community Outreach Center was a welcoming environment for all. OUTwest Lubbock recognizes those who contributed as volunteers coordinating, maintaining, funding and promoting acceptance and tolerance. OUTwest Lubbock will continue to build upon these programs in every effort to sustain a welcoming environment for all.
From 2003-present, Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center host support group sessions and allies training on a regular basis. Additionally, the only officially registered GLBTQ student organization for Texas Tech, TTU Gay/Straight Alliance as it is known today, was founded in 1985 under the name "Student Services for Lebians, Gays and Friends." They continued serving under this name until 1992 when they changed their name to "The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Student Association," which subsequently changed to a more radical name: "Queers and Allies". In 1995, the organization changed its name for the final time to the Texas Tech University Gay-Straight Alliance. For the past twenty-five years, the organization has served the students of Texas Tech University by creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for queer students and their allies and by advocating for equality on campus.
Texas Tech's Gay Straight Alliance is dedicated in both preserving the history of the LGBTQ movement on campus and in building off foundations already built through social events, community outreach, educational lectures and forums, and grassroot organizing.
Note: 2005 marked the 1st Annual LGBT and Allies Awareness Week in Lubbock, TX.
Source sited: Texas Tech University, TechAnnounce System Online Archives
How can I become more involved?
We have many opportunities for members to get involved with OUTwest Lubbock. We are looking for volunteers to put a few hours each month into the following positions:
OUTwest Lubbock PRIDE Committee - Now accepting Nominations
OUTwest Lubbock Board of Directors
OUTwest Lubbock Staff
We NEED YOUR HELP to keep OUTwest Lubbock moving!