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

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President: Jenna Pel (’13)

Vice President: Clay Zakarian (’12)

Secretary: Vacant

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

Chair, Ad Hoc Committee: Shawn Kuehn (’10|’13)


Events and Programs

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).


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.