8th Annual oSTEM Conference - Houston Spotlight

oSTEM's Executive Committee and Conference Chair visited Houston, TX and our conference venue prior to deciding the conference location. During that visit, they were able to not only explore Houston and check out potential conference venues but also meet with leaders and members from local LGBTQ+ organizations.


We understand that many of you may have reservations about attending the conference due to perceptions of safety or inclusion. However, during our exploration search, we found a thriving community that celebrates queer people. We want to host the conference in Houston this year to highlight the great things the city is doing.


Check out those Houston LGBTQ+ organizations and all their awesome work below!


Transgender Foundation of America

The Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) is a non-profit whose mission is to advance the quality of life for transgender people. TFA also runs the Transgender Archive, an archive and museum space documenting hundreds of years of transgender history throughout the world. It is the only known Transgender History Archive that is open to the public. 

Montrose Center

The Montrose Center empowers the Houston community, primarily lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families, to enjoy healthier and more fulfilling lives. Want to learn a bit more about what they do? Check out this video! The Montrose Center is also home to dozens of LGBT-affirming and civic organization

Montrose Neighborhood

The Montrose Neighborhood has been called "the Greenwich Village of Houston." During the 1970s and 1980s, it became a hub for many members of the local LGBT community, heading to the nightclubs as a reprieve from the AIDS crises occurring at the time. If you'd like to learn a bit more, there is a 28-minute documentary going through the history of Montrose and the current changes occurring in the neighborhood. You can check out the trailer below. 

Lambda NextGen

Lambda NextGen Houston is a social network for young LGBT professionals to connect, network, and build strong connections in an ever-changing community. 

Other Resources

MyGayHouston - MyGayHouston has a lot of resources of things to do in history, with a focus for the LGBT community. If you're arriving a bit early or staying a bit late for the conference, this is a great resource for exploring Houston.