MSCEJ is a resource for students, faculty, and staff on developing our understanding of equity and social justice. This includes being an ally and an advocate for LGBTQIA+ students. We offer programs, events, and resources for students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and affinity groups. We partner with student organizations on a variety of opportunities for the community.
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Being an Ally
A newly restructured LGBTQIA+ Ally training. This first part will help us build our knowledge about LGBTQIA+ identities and the community. The course is interactive and includes many opportunities for discussion. Some content may be sensitive for some participants.
Faculty and staff can register on My Training to take the 2-part LGBTQIA+ Ally series (SD0670 and SD0671) to learn about being an Ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and obtaining a placard as shown above to display.
We are dedicated to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community on our campuses. Here are some ways we can all play a role in advocacy.
- Continually educate yourself on the LGBTQIA+ community and the issues that impact LGBTQIA+ people and communities.
- Know the resources on and off campus that support and services for LGBTQIA+ people.
- Interrupt language, behaviors, and attitudes that are harmful to LGBTQIA+ people, identities, and communities.
- Share your knowledge to advocate in all spaces.
LGBTQIA+ History Month
In 1994, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as Coming Out Day (October 11), occur that month.
LGBTQIA+ History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association and other national organizations. In 2006 Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBTQIA+ History Month.
Past UTSA LGBTQIA+ Pride Month programs.
National Coming Out Day
In celebration of National Coming Out Day an event is held to provide the opportunity for sharing coming out stories from members of the UTSA community and will feature a Coming Out Door. The Coming Out Door will provide roadrunners a safe place to “come-out” and also allow for roadrunners to provide messages of support for those who are in the process of coming out. The event also hosts on and off campus organizations that provide a service to the LGBTQIA+ community to table.
Trans Visibility Week
An annual week held in November leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance to raise the visibility of transgender people and raise awareness and address issues members of the community face. Events vary each year.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
This annual observance every November 20 honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year.
June is Pride Month and is dedicated to uplifting LGBTQIA+ voices, celebrating LGBTQIA+ culture, and supporting LGBTQIA+ rights. Pride month celebrates the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equity, intersectional identities, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.