LGBTQ+ Affinity Group

LGBTQ+ Students

For many in the LGBTQ+ community, entering college for the first time can mean opportunities either equal to or even more important than an education itself. The opportunity to be yourself. The opportunity to meet others like yourself. The opportunity to represent your community while feeling safe doing so. These are basic human needs that may have been withheld from you before now. 

At NCTC we understand this, which is why we formed the LGBTQ+ Affinity Group which offers advocacy, inclusion, and mentorship to our LGBTQ+ students. Use the NCTC app to connect with your peers or an advocate below and know you are welcomed and understood!



Hotlines, Health & Mental Health

Local Organizations

National Organizations

Sexual Orientation

Trans Resources

Sites with Additional Resources

Connect with Affinity Groups two ways:

Reach out to an Advocate below or download the NCTC App to start connecting with NCTC students in this group right now!

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Affinity Group Advocates 

Danee Mitchell

Danee Mitchell
(940) 202-2795

"Some of my most cherished friends and family are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. I consider it an honor and a privilege  to take action and use my voice, privilege, and power to ensure that LGBTQ+ individuals are safe and that their rights are protected. My hope is that this affinity group provides students a space to feel safe and empowered to be their authentic self."

Austin Creswell

Austin Creswell
(940) 668–3318

“It took me 18 years to be comfortable with my identity as a gay man, and another 5 years to be comfortable enough to come out to the world around me. The thing that made my openness possible were my own mentors and support systems that showed me it’s okay to be who you are to the highest degree. I hope to be that example for those around me now, and offer a space to exist without judgement and an ear to listen to whatever is needed!”

Beth Wright

Beth Wright
(972) 899-8348

“Being able to see students learn about themselves and grow as individuals is so exciting to be able to be a part of.  I want to be a mentor for all students to help them take opportunities without fear or self-doubt and learn there is a place to be their authentic self.”

Emily Laughlin

Emily Laughlin
(940) 668–3363

“Using my actions, my words, and intentionality in all facets of my life, I make a conscious effort to inspire an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to everyone. I am an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community, and hope to be the friend and resource others can turn to in times of need, seeing them through to times of celebration. I look forward to the growth I will gain in this space, and am excited for the growing strength in the community as we learn how to best support one another.”


Desiree Drattlo

Desiree Drattlo
(940) 872-4002 ext.5227

“The LGBTQ+ community has always been looked down upon in my home town. Because of that I had to watch family and friends struggle to be comfortable in their own skin. I can not think of a better way to advocate and support the LGBTQ+ community than being a mentor. I hope this affinity group will provide individuals with a safe space, support and the opportunity to connect with others”


Leeann Rayburn

Leeann Rayburn
(972) 899-8336

“Knowing the struggles I face with my own Queer identity, from coming to terms with my identity, the ridicule in my past when outed by others in my 20s, and now the fear of the constant re-outing process, my heart has always been with the LGBTQ+ community. I am here to support, listen, and stand with you!”