In Spring 2018, the Office of LGBTQIA, in partnership with the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, began collecting archival resources and oral histories from members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA), and ally communities. The oral history interview series seeks to record the rich history of social progress relative to LGBTQIA people at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, and throughout West Texas. Interviews highlight the lived insights and knowledge of LGBTQIA people and allies.

Recent Submissions

  • Grace Rogers oral history interview 

    Stroman, Elissa; Butler, Jordan; Rogers, Grace (2018-08-01)
    This interview features Grace Rogers as she discusses her activism and involvement with the LGBTQIA community. In this interview, Grace describes her family, what got her involved with the community, and her hopes for the future.
  • Paul Ruiz oral history interview 

    Butler, Jordan; Ruiz, Paul (2019-05-15)
    In this interview, Paul Ruiz discusses his background and his journey to a career at Texas Tech. In this interview, Paul explains what it’s like being gay and seeing the Lubbock community grow to be more accepting of the ...
  • Randall Gentry oral history interview 

    Stroman, Elissa; Butler, Jordan; Gentry, Randall (2018-05-18)
    In this interview, Randall Gentry provides a life history growing up as a cisgender gay man in conservative Texarkana, Texas. He addresses his schooling, coming out to his parents, education at Texas Tech University, life ...