When I came to Trinity, I was not sure what the LGBTQ community on campus would be like. I had a pretty close-knit group in high school so I was afraid of not being as accepted as I had been. One of the first things I did when I was looking into campus life was search for the diversity page, and when I made it to campus, the first club I signed up for at the Student Involvement Fair was the on-campus LGBTQ club – PRIDE.
The fears that I initially had melted away. I met an organization with wonderful and accepting members. However, around the end of my sophomore year, I noticed that the club was losing momentum. I wanted to see the organization continue to make an impact in the Trinity and San Antonio Community, so I ran for club president. As president, I worked to make our campus engagement more present and helped organize a variety of events which were related to both activism and social events. We have brought in speakers such as Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL athlete and Robyn Ochs, an expert on bisexuality and gender. We have regular events like holiday parties and socials where everyone is invited to come as they are and be themselves.
What I found at Trinity was a community that marched alongside me in the San Antonio Pride parade, that advocated with me at the state capitol for non-discrimination ordinances, and that sat next to me during LGBTQ movie marathons.
If you are someone who has not gotten very much exposure to information or education in the areas of gender identity or sexual orientation, then you have come to the right place. One of our major goals for the organization is to provide community members with more information and education that breaks down misconceptions about the LGBTQ community.
Choosing a college requires you to consider factors like class sizes, campus locations, and academic rigor, but an often overlooked and important factor that students might also consider is how friendly that college is to students of different sexual orientations or gender identities.
|Michael Sam at Trinity University.|
1) You should make a point to connect with PRIDE, which is the LGBTQ+ club on campus! You can find us at a variety of student organization fairs and during New Student Orientation.
2) PRIDE hosts lots of events that cater to a variety of interests. This ranges from movie nights, to speakers, to activism events for the San Antonio community.
3) Professors will make an effort to accommodate to your preferred gender (don’t be afraid to let them know.)
4) Residential life is very accommodating to your rooming needs.
If you come from a community where you have not been shown love and acceptance because of who you are, know that you can expect to come to Trinity and find a community that embraces your differences and celebrates diversity.