LGTBQ Alumni Association

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

I would like to make a donation to the LGBTQ Alumni Association – CLICK HERE

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Past President: Glynda McGinnis (’89, MA ’91) 

President: Jamie Gonzales (M.Ed ’16)

Vice President: Davis Mendoza Darusman (’19)

Treasurer: Margarita Perez Frinsco (MBA ’21)

Secretary: P. Tim Martindell (MED ’04, EDD ’12)

Campus Liaison: Kevin Nguyen (’18, ’21)

Director of Communications: Malkia Hutchinson

Director of Graphic Design: Dane Ashton

Director of Social Media: Scott Escalona (’20)

Director, Scholarship & Emergency Crisis Aid: Brandi Lira

Director of Community Relations: Daniel Cato

Director of Signature Events: Alicia Layfield

Director of Membership: Brian Crumby

Red Dinner Committee Chair: Shawn Kuehn (’10, MBA ’16)

At-Large: Gio Howard

At-Large: Roxanne Werner

Recruitment Chair: Juliann Losey

Events and Programs

“We regret to inform you that funding for this emergency aid program is limited and are unable to provide assistance at this time. We anticipate reopening applications in Spring 2024. If you are in need of additional support, please see additional campus resources below:

If you’d like to make a donation to replenish this program, please donate here: University of Houston: Give to UH Now – University of Houston (Find us by clicking UHAA tab then selecting LGBTQ Alumni Association.)”

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 our 5th Red Dinner.  DATE AND LOCATION TBA.

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).


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.

The UH LGBTQ Alumni Association is thankful for their partnership, and support from, Bunnies on the Bayou.  We volunteer every year to help the event run smoothly and welcome others to join us in this volunteer opportunity.  Please look for more information about volunteer shifts for the upcoming 2022 Bunnies on the Bayou event here on our page.


We are excited to announce our organization has been selected as a Bunnies on the Bayou (BOTB) 43 Beneficiary.

Volunteering for this amazing event will ensure UH LGBTQ Alumni Association will continue to have funds to provide Scholarships and Emergency Crisis Aid to UH LGBTQ students.


To fulfill our commitment as a beneficiary we need volunteers for the event to be held Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022 from 1-6 PM. at SESQUICENTENNIAL PARK, 357 Smith St in downtown Houston.

All volunteers must be 21 years old on 4/17/22.

We need volunteers for Tear Down from 5:45 PM – 9 PM and 2nd shift Bartenders from 3:30 PM – 6 PM at one of the many bars at the event.
SPECIAL NOTE:  ALL volunteer bartenders MUST be certified by TABC.  Certification courses are online for $10.99 (Certifications are valid for two years) at http://learn2serve.com/lp-ppc/tabc-certification/

The general entrance will be on the corner of Preston St. and Smith St. and Uber/Lyft drop-offs should be in that area as well.

Parking is at Lyric Garage Parking or Alley Theatre Garage for a small fee.

***Volunteers should be prepared to stand for their entire shifts.  There won’t be any chairs but you won’t miss any of the fun.

Please arrive 30 minutes in advance for your shift for sign in process and to receive your BOTB T-shirt.

Volunteer link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0845ADA822ABFA7-botb7

*****   PLEASE indicate the organization for which you will be volunteering is UHLGBTQ AA.   Please reach out to Sarah Thompson, Volunteer Coordinator, at volunter@bunniesonthebayou.com with any volunteer questions.

Feb 12, 2022
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


570 Waugh Dr
Houston, TX 77019


It’s that time again! Join us for fun, games and Cougar Spirit at the 5th Annual UH LGBTQ Alumni Association Bingo Fundraiser. Winners will take their pick at one of our fabulous prizes. A portion of the proceeds will directly benefit UH LGBTQ+ students with academic scholarships and emergency crisis aid.

Last year’s event was standing room only, so we encourage guests to buy in advance. Tickets will go on sale soon, so mark your calendars!


Glynda McGinnis

Beth Kungel Borck