Welcome to LGBTQ Alumni Association!
The purpose of our group is to help encourage connections among our alumni and to offer opportunities and support to current LGBTQ students. To learn more about how to get involved with this alumni association, please join our mailing list by CLICKING HERE
President: Jenna Pel (’13)
Vice President: Clay Zakarian (’12)
Secretary: Shawn Kuehn (’10|’13)
Treasurer: Stacy Peterson (’08)
Director, Scholarship & Emergency Crisis Aid: Kelli Vorish (’09)
Director, Events & Community Liaison: Emily Hum
Director, Sponsorship & Membership: Glynda McGinnis
Director, Social Media & Marketing: Christina Ferraz
Chair, Red Dinner 5: Lizeth Jaramillo
Events and Programs
The LGBTQ Alumni Association Student Emergency Crisis Fund has been established to UH LGBTQIA+ students who have encountered a situation involving unusual financial hardship caused by emergency or circumstances beyond the students’ control including housing or food insecurity, or other resource-based needs that threaten a student’s ability to remain enrolled and to successfully complete their degree.
If you believe you have a circumstance and would like to have your situation evaluated for funds, please complete this application. Once the application is received, representatives of the LGBTQ Alumni Association will review your application and will contact you for a follow-up conversation or an in-person meeting.
Join us for Red Dinner Rhapsody- a special preview of Red Dinner’s art. Thanks so much to everyone who joined us!
Red Dinner is the UH LGBTQ Alumni Association’s annual fundraising gala. In its previous 4 editions, the event has raised over $100,000 for LGBTQ+ students. Stay tuned for exciting details about Red Dinner 5. The event will take place in Fall 2020
This scholarship aims to encourage LGBTQ students to pursue studies at the University through this Scholarship Program. Each scholarship is a one-time award paid each semester or one award paid in the Fall semester (if the student is graduating in the fall semester).
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL BE OPEN FROM JANUARY 11TH – MARCH 27TH. CLICK HERE to apply today!
We have always celebrated Cougar Pride!
In 1976, the University of Houston’s Gay Activist Alliance organized a Pride event to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City. Although it is sometimes dismissed as “just a march”, fliers and other promotional pieces clearly identified it as a parade. There were no marching bands, floats or banners, and most of the participants had been recruited during the previous year by pioneering Houston activist Ray Hill whom attended the University of Houston.
Since then, Houston’s Pride Parade has grown to become the fourth-largest in the country (and the 15th largest in the world) with an estimated attendance of 700,000 in 2017.