Welcome to Texas Lutheran University's LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) 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 LGBT+ 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 bbuchanan@tlu.edu .

 

LGBT+ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, with the + symbolizing those identities not mentioned. Occasionally, this acronym is reordered or extended to more accurately reflect this large and varied community.
 
While this umbrella term seeks to unite those within a minority sexuality or gender identity, it is also important to note that the different parts of this community face different issues which cannot always be grouped together, and individuals even within these parts face their own unique complications based on their personal situation. This page is designed to provide resources to as broad an audience as possible, however we hope to continuously update this page with relevance information and resources to address the specific issues faced by members of our community.
 
 
Texas Lutheran University uses the Human Rights Campaign's definitions. Some of these are:
  • Sexual Orientation: An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.
  • Gender Identity: One's innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One's gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.
  • Gender expression: External appearance of one's gender identity, usually expressed through behavior, clothing, haircut or voice, and which may or may not conform to socially defined behaviors and characteristics typically associated with being either masculine or feminine.
  • Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or expression is different from cultural expectations based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Being transgender does not imply any specific sexual orientation. Therefore, transgender people may identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc.
  • Gender transition: The process by which some people strive to more closely align their internal knowledge of gender with its outward appearance. Some people socially transition, whereby they might begin dressing, using names and pronouns and/or be socially recognized as another gender. Others undergo physical transitions in which they modify their bodies through medical interventions.
  • Gender dysphoria: Clinically significant distress caused when a person's assigned birth gender is not the same as the one with which they identify. The term – which replaces Gender Identity Disorder – "is intended to better characterize the experiences of affected children, adolescents, and adults." 

Other Quick Definitions:
  • Asexual: (aka "ace") A lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.
  • Bisexual: A person emotionally, romantically or sexually attracted to more than one sex, gender or gender identity though not necessarily simultaneously, in the same way or to the same degree.
  • Cisgender: A term used to describe a person whose gender identity aligns with those typically associated with the sex assigned to them at birth.
  • Gender-Fluid: a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity.
  • Intersex: a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male.
Yes! It is TLU's goal to allow everyone to feel comfortable and a welcome part of our community, and part of that is being able to live as the gender you identify with without judgement.
 
Texas Lutheran University is working on creating a Preferred Name section on the registration form, which will allow students with a preferred name different from their given name to be listed on class rosters by their preferred name. For more information, please contact Dr. Bernadette Buchanan.
Yes! TLU is a community that values respect and acceptance, and we expect all of our campus community, faculty, staff, and students to respect one another.
 
If you have any concerns or issues regarding discrimination based on gender or sexuality, please contact the Title IX office and Dr. Bernadette Buchanan. 
Student Organizations - S.A.F.E. (Sexuality Awareness For Everyone) is a student organization dedicated spreading awareness and acceptance of gender, sexuality, and the LGBT+ community. Meetings occur in the ASC Conference Room, Tuesdays at 6:30pm and everyone is invited to attend.
 
Diversity Committee - Texas Lutheran University has recently instituted a diversity committee dedicated to advocating for our minority students.
 
Health Services - TLU's counselor, Dr. Marlene Moriarity, and our campus Registered Nurse, Cathy Anderson who are both LGBT+ Allies.
 
Athletics - our athletics department will respect the gender identity and sexuality of its athletes. Any complaints or concerns regarding this can be addressed to the TLU Title IX office.
 
Housing -  Residence Life can address any issues arising with housing or roommate assignments.
 

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.


Trans-Health | Trans-health has provided information on health and fitness for trans people since 2001.
 
Healthy Bodies, Safer Sex (PDF) | A Comprehensive Guide to Safer Sex, Relationships, and Reproductive Health for Trans or Non-Binary People and Their Partners. Courtesy of Pacific Lutheran University.
 
Sexual Health Network | The Sexual Health Network provides access to sexuality information, education, support, and other resources.
 
Go Ask Alice! | Go Ask Alice provides reliable, culturally competent information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so women can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being.
 
Scarleteen | Scarleteen provides comprehensive sexuality information and help for teens and young adults.
 
Some Very Basic Tips (PDF) for Making Higher Education More Accessible to Trans Students and Rethinking How We Talk about Gendered Bodies | Spade, Dean. 2011.
 
Teaching Beyond the Gender Binary in the University Classroom | Brielle Harbin. Vanderbilt Center for Teaching.
 
FAQ on Gender Pronouns | University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s LGBT Resource center.
 
Pronoun Introductions (PDF) | Smith School of Social Work.
 
Trans-Inclusion Quick Guide | University of Minnesota’s GLBTA Programs Office.
 
Transphobia & Racism, and Other Intersections | Smith School of Social Work.
 
Comprehensive Model Policy (PDF) on Transgender Students for 4-Year Colleges & Universities | Trans Student Educational Resources (TSER).
 
 
PLU's Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Resources | Much of the information, resources and language used on this page was inspired by Pacific Lutheran University's Center for Gender Equity page. The above resources were compiled by PLU, and were only re-linked here for easy access. TLU greatly thanks them for their guidance.
 

Campus Conduct Hotline is a confidential, anonymous way to alert administrators of unsafe or unethical behavior BEFORE it spirals out of control. 
Simply dial toll-free to 866.943.5787.

Click on the image below to see a map of the campus' gender-neutral bathrooms.