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New support group offers LGBTQ+ students a place to connect

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Jarvis Hall is home to the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

LGBTQ+ students at TCU have a new place to build community. 

Crowded Table is the latest support group developed by Religious and Spiritual Life, with the goal of fostering an inclusive environment.

“We check in about our week, process anything going on in our lives, and share our diverse stories with one another,” said Assistant Chaplain Lauren Sierra. “Some of us are ‘out,’ and some of us aren’t. Some of our families are supportive, and some of ours aren’t.”

TCU doesn’t keep data on the number of students who identify as LGBTQ+. However, the Gallup organization has been keeping track for years. Gallup estimates about 7% of Americans identify as LGBTQ+. Identification is strongest amongst members of Gen Z, with nearly 20% identifying as LGBTQ+, according to the latest information from Gallup.

Data from 2022 Gallup telephone polls.

Free from judgment, the group provides a safe space where students can discuss personal struggles, celebrate achievements, have a supportive community and build meaningful connections.

“CT exists to foster genuine connection and belonging for LGBTQ+ students at TCU. We exist to journey alongside and support one another,” Sierra said.

Individuals can share their stories, connect with others and find a sense of belonging in this community. No topic is off-limits within the supportive community and weekly gatherings. The students in the group remain anonymous for their own safety and that of others in the group.

Crowded Table Flyer (TCU Religious & Spiritual Life)

For many attendees, these weekly meetings serve as a lifeline: offering comfort, safety and companionship. In a place where acceptance of LGBTQ+ identities can be challenging, this community provides a support system for those who may feel isolated or marginalized.

Unlike public universities, which are now banned from having these clubs by the state of Texas, TCU is expanding its efforts to ensure all students, including those in the LQBTQ+ community, feel a sense of belonging. 

Students described the group as inclusive, safe, supportive, a family, loving, honest and reliable. These students said they want CT to continue to grow because of how safe the group feels, and they can talk about their feelings when others might judge.

The name originated from the song “Crowded Table” by The Highwomen. The group meets every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in Jarvis Hall 104. Crowded Table is one of five support groups hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life.

Check out TCU’s Religious & Spiritual Life and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) for more on how to connect with others in the TCU community. 

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