Hannah Lang '18 June 26, 2020 10:59 AM updated: June 29, 2020 11:31 AM
The Aggie Pride LGBTQ Network received its official charter on June 26, making it the 12th Constituent Network to be chartered by The Association of Former Students.
The charter was presented during a virtual Pride Party celebration on Zoom.
This new Constituent Network will serve as a place for LGBTQ Aggies and Aggie allies to build connections with one another and strengthen their ties to the university. The network will work with Texas A&M’s LGBTQ+ Pride Center, LGBTQ Professional Network, and Office for Diversity.
“Together, the Pride Center and Aggie Pride have an exceptional opportunity to support our current students by providing community, sharing networking opportunities, exploring career search advice and opportunities, as well as promoting inclusivity at Texas A&M,” said Kellie Malone ’08, manager of Campus Programs at The Association.
Brad Dressler ’96 serves as the Aggie Pride LGBTQ Constituent Network President. "We founded the Aggie Pride LGBTQ Network in 2013 for a few reasons. This is something that the LGBTQ+ Aggie community has needed for a long time," Dressler said. "Historically, LGBTQ+ Aggies have not always been supported or welcome at Texas A&M. As a result, many became disconnected from the Aggie Network. We want to reach out to Aggies who felt disenfranchised and hope to rebuild those connections to A&M and their fellow LGBTQ+ Aggies. Plus, most SEC schools and Texas universities have had an official LGBTQ+ alumni organization for years. We needed to catch up with our peers."
The network's mission is to "Strengthen and support a welcoming, inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff at Texas A&M, as well as building a network among LGBTQ+ Aggies beyond Aggieland and connecting them back to the university." Aggie Pride represents all members of the Aggie Network who identify as LGBTQ+ and their allies, a group that is estimated to be around 30,000 strong.
“Constituent Networks were created to allow Aggies with similar interests, backgrounds or professions to connect and support Texas A&M, its students and each other,” said Marty Holmes ’87, Association vice president for marketing and programs. With this new network, “more Aggies will be able to be involved with the university to support more students and programs.”
“Developing your own individual Aggie Network is one of the best parts about being a Texas Aggie,” said Malone. “The worldwide Aggie Network is so huge, and it’s exciting to be part of something so vast, powerful, and respected. It’s also pretty great when that network gets a little bit smaller, and you find those individuals who make Aggieland feel like home. Hopefully, this official Constituent Network will help other Aggies find that sense of community within the Aggie Network.”
You can learn more about the Aggie Pride LGBTQ Network and their upcoming events at aggiepridelgbtq.org. To learn more about The Association’s chartered Constituent Networks, click here.
For media inquiries, contact:
Kathryn Greenwade ’88, vice president of The Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brad Dressler ’96, network president, at email@example.com.
Heather Wheeler ’03, the network’s university liaison and director of Gender & Sexual Diversity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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