Welcome to Texas Lutheran University's LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer +) Resource Page! Texas Lutheran University prides itself on creating a community and an environment where individuality and personal growth are as integral to success as rigorous academics. We also feel that such an environment should be "designed to serve a diversified community", as stated in our Mission.
The purpose of this page is to provide the students, faculty and staff of Texas Lutheran University the information and resources they need to create and maintain an open, safe, and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the campus community.
If you have any concerns or suggestions, please contact our Associate Dean of Student Life & Learning , Dr. Bernadette Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The acronym is used to represent a diverse range of sexualities and gender-identities, referring to anyone who is non-cisgender or non-heterosexual.
The use of the acronym is intended to be an all-encompassing way to recognize different gender identities and sexual orientations. The addition of other identities to the LGBT acronym also plays an important role in recognizing and connecting them to a larger community.
It also means that these individuals are able to gain greater recognition by society as a whole. Rather than being erased, ignored, or denied, acknowledgment can help foster greater visibility of marginalized identities.
Visibility can also help create a greater sense of self-affirmation of a person's identity. Research has found that offering inclusive and affirmative environments is important for LGBTQ+ youth.
Research also suggests that being visible as LGBTQ+ can be an important way to feel a sense of pride in individual identity.
Affirming self-identity can help people feel greater self-esteem, self-worth, and boost overall mental well-being. This can be particularly important since representation has long been lacking in mainstream media.
The good news is that there have been improvements made in recent years to change this. A recent GLAAD report suggests that the representation of LGBTQ characters and relationships on television is higher than ever previously seen on TV. This includes greater diversity and visibility of non-binary identities, although the report notes that BIPOC characters are still underrepresented.
Research and statistics suggest that LGBTQ+ youth have an increased risk of a range of mental health and social issues, often due to or exacerbated by isolation, marginalization, and discrimination based on their orientation or identity.
The Process in Guadalupe County is to:
1. Print out Petition to Change the Name of an Adult. (https://texaslawhelp.org/sites/default/files/fm_nca_100_name_adult_petition_english_nov16.pdf)
2. Print out Order Changing the Name of an Adult. (https://texaslawhelp.org/sites/default/files/fm_nca_200_name_adult_order_english_july16.pdf)
3. Fill out the forms, except for the signatures.
4. Only sign the forms in front of a Notary. Notaries can be found at most banks.
5. Get a legible and complete set of your fingerprints made on a Texas Department of Public Safety of Federal Bureau of Investigations fingerprint card. This will have a fee associated (possibly $10).
6. Take both forms and fingerprint card to the Guadalupe District Clerks office to be filed. This filing will have a fee associated ($272).
7. Contact the Court Coordinator for Guadalupe County to get your case on the docket.
8. You will be given a court date. Attend court, where the Judge will sign your Order Changing the Name of an Adult
9. Return to the Guadalupe District Clerks to have that order filed, and to receive Official Copies of the Court Order.
10. Use these copies to get your Texas Driver’s License or Identification Card, Social Security Card, Passport, Birth Certificate, or other official documents amended. Issuing a new version of any of these documents may be associated with an additional charge.
Confidentiality is an important and sensitive issue to most of our clients as well as to the Counseling Services staff. Information pertaining to you cannot be shared with another person, or any other university personnel without your written permission. Exceptions to this privilege are when disclosure is required by law (e.g. where there is a reasonable suspicion of abuse of children or an elderly person; where the client presents an eminent danger of harm to another person; or where the client is likely to harm himself/herself unless protective measures are taken). Although rare, there are instances where client records can be subpoenaed for legal proceedings. Your records will be securely kept in the Counseling Services office and will not become part of the permanent university records. You are encouraged to discuss any concerns you may have about these or other matters with your therapist.