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Calling all west texas activists

Michael Paul Rogers

Local Activists Award

Do you know somebody here in West Texas who has worked or is working toward equality in their local community by being active in the West Texas LGBT community? LubbockPRIDE is currently looking for this year's recipient of the Michael Paul Rogers Activist Award for this year's Lubbock LGBT+ Festival 2017.

We are looking for someone who has worked in their local LGBT

community and has demonstrated leadership skills, passion, and

commitment to creating change here in the South Plains. We ask

that you please submit the application below before August 1st


The award ceremony will be at this year's LubbockPRIDE on

August 26th 2017.

*Submissions end August 1st 2017.

Please submit to with the Title 



Past Winners

Michael Paul Rogers


Grace Rogers



                             2013 Winner  

Grace Rogers (left) was born in New Mexico. She was a high school government teacher, an art lover, and the proud mother of two gay sons. Grace is a member of PFLAG Lubbock and can be found at any PFLAG event. Although she no longer teaches she still speaks at Texas Tech and many PFLAG events about the LGBT movement. She also works to encourage people to become registered voters. Grace always carries a pocket book constitution with her and when at LGBT events wear a rainbow pin to show her support.  This award is named in honor of her late son, and her family. LubbockPRIDE is held on his birthday every two years. 

Katie Miller

                     2015 Winner

Katie Miller was the president of the Texas Tech GSA for three years. Originally from Arlington Katie moved to Tech to peruse a degree in exercise and sports science. Katie made her make know at Tech. She not only ran the GSA but is a part of the leadership council, and the Diversity council for Texas Tech. Katie received many awards including Human Sciences honor graduate, Raiders Who Rock for her work with Tech diversity, Outstanding Senior from the college of human sciences, feminist activist award from Texas Tech, the Presidents Excellence award for diversity and equality from Texas Tech, and a diversity scholarship. She helped create and pass law on Texas Tech campus for transgender inclusion in dorms. 

Betty Dotts

                                              2014 Winner   

 Betty Dotts a Lubbock native has spent her life giving to those in need. She and her late husband Rev. Ted Dotts spent many years working in several social rights movements, including the civil rights movement, women rights, and LGBT rights. Betty and Ted founded the local chapter of PFLAG (parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) which is still active to this day. They hosted the first meeting on the second floor of St. Johns Methodist Church. She has since passed the torch to other leaders but can still be found at their monthly meetings. For more information please click the link below from the Texas Observer.

Kimberly Simon

                     2016 Winner


 "Simón holds a master’s degree and doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech. With experience in addiction and recovery, collegiate substance use, relational and sexual violence, and campus programming, Simón has taught courses in the Community, Family and Addiction Sciences department since its creation. She has worked in outpatient treatment programs, inpatient treatment centers and juvenile justice facilities, providing individual, group and family therapy for clients. She also is a trained crisis specialist who worked in a domestic violence shelter. She became the director of RISE in 2015." ( She was as of April 2017 promoted to director of the Texas Tech University Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) office, has been named as the university’s Title IX administrator.(

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