This tour is meant to show the progression of the development of the LGBTQ rights over the passage of time.


Austin, Texas 78745, United States

Created By: Clarisa Ramirez

Tour Information

This tour is meant to show the progression of the development of the LGBTQ rights over the passage of time. Our tour will mainly be centered around the UT campus since many of the firsts happened there. We will be discussing the different types of activism throughout time that have helped promote LGBTQ rights and acceptance. This tour will begin with Parlin Hall, which was where the first LGBT Alliance in Texas was founded and it will end with the site of a late night rally where a group of queer individuals were brutally attacked downtown. This will be our grand finale, as to show that even though we have progressed so much as a society, we still have a ways to go to achieve full acceptance and appreciation of the LGBTQ community in Austin.

Though we have seen an amazing improvement in the way members of the LGBTQ community are treated within society and under the law, we still see discrimination against them. Whether it is violence or deliberate exclusion, there is still discrimination and discriminatory acts being directed at the LGBTQ community. There is still a long way to go to achieving complete LGBTQ equality and, ultimately, that is what our tour is trying to show. We also want to show the importance of activism, especially student activism, in support of this community and the immense influence that this activism has had in making changes to how the LGBTQ community is treated. Through this activism, there have been legislative changes and improvements in the everyday lives of members of the LGBTQ community. We want to show that this is a process that is still very much in progress. Though there have been changes, the LGBTQ community is still a more marginalized group that faces discrimination every day.

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Started in 1970, founded by 2 students. One student named Wendell Jones founded this organization after being failed by a professor after being failed on an essay he wrote about being gay. At the time this was extremely controversial becaus... Read more
The mission of the Gender and Sexuality Center is to provide opportunities for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater re... Read more
This is the first LGBTQ fraternity/sorority. Gamma Rho Lambda has chapters all across the US. The first chapter to open was the Alpha chapter at the University of Arizona in 2003. UT hosts the TAU chapter, which was founded in 2016.  This ... Read more
This is a University Resource Group established in the Fall of 2006 to promote the interests of LGBTQ+ and allied faculty and staff at UT Austin. The association offers Kindcare for UT staff, which includes PrEP and PEP access, STI testing ... Read more
Saturday, February 2nd, 200 people rallied and marched to the Texas Capitol to protest LGBT hate crimes. To especially protest against a recent LGBT hate crime that occurred on January 19th of this year. Spencer Deehring and Tristan Perry w... Read more


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