On The Trinity Perspective, you will find those answers—or at least someone who asked the same questions. We have been in your shoes. The Trinity Perspective collects advice and stories from current students, parents, faculty, and alumni to share with you—prospective students, families, and the Trinity community.

By Andrea Acevedo –

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.

However, there is much work to be done for our organization and our community. Today in Texas, we face discriminatory bills targeting members of the Transgender community like Senate Bill 6 and other bills that pose threats to the rights of LGBTQ workers. If you are interested in being an activist for the LGBTQ community, the opportunities to make an impact here in the lone star state are numerous.

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.
When considering Trinity, keep some things on your radar:

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.

5) If you are looking for a support system, you can find that within our organization or with some of our professional LGBTQ friendly counselors.

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.

About Andrea

Andrea is a Junior Communication major and a new media minor from Dallas, Texas. She is the current president of Pride, the lgbtq club on campus. She works for the Trinity Marketing department and is a production assistant for Tiger Network. On her time off Andrea is an avid news reader and strives to one day work for the digital department of a major news organization. Her favorite hobbies include long walks in the grocery store and making digital art.

By Andrew Cable –

Hello there, Tiger Nation!

My name is Andrew Cable and I am currently a junior Biology major at Trinity University. I hail from Tucson, Arizona where I was born and raised. Growing up I didn’t know much more than the Sonoran Desert, but when I received the opportunity to attend Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, I was excited. However, I had my reservations about Texas.

Below you'll find what I have learned from living in San Antonio for three years and why you can, and should, venture away from Arizona to join us here in Texas.

1. Texas is not just cowboy boots and country music, but there is plenty of that if you want it. Contrary to popular belief, people like you and I live everywhere in this country and the culture is not that different from anywhere else I’ve been.

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2. There are real trees here! And a lot them! This was huge for me when I moved to San Antonio. I was expecting more brown bushes and sand and small trees like back home but there are actual tall trees and grass and green plants that grow naturally here.
Right: Tuscon a.k.a. bushes, sand, cacti. Left: Trinity's green campus filled with trees and happiness everywhere. 
3. You can still find incredible Mexican food pretty much anywhere in San Antonio. This is a bold statement, I know. And, I have to say that the Mexican food is different from Sonoran-style Mexican food (like in Arizona), but it is still quite delicious. In our current society, we are often challenged to celebrate our differences and what better way to do just that by eating tacos all over San Antonio?

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4. It’s still hot here, but not as hot. It gets to about 100 degrees here in the summer, which is nowhere near as bad 115 degrees. 

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5. The sports teams here, specifically the San Antonio Spurs, are actual contenders. The Spurs have won more titles than the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, and Coyotes combined, and no one looks down on you for hopping on the bandwagon. 

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6. I moved from Arizona to Texas and I got to meet Macklemore because of it. Coincidence? I think not.

Cable '18 (right), Macklemore (center), and Austin Guerrero '18 (left) 
7. Texas doesn’t have to replace your home! It simply can serve as a wonderful home away from home and may even cause you to celebrate Arizona once you have been away for a bit.

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About Andrew

Andrew Cable is a Junior biology major and classics minor from Tucson, Arizona and is hoping to attend graduate school in Physical Therapy after his time at Trinity. He is a Resident Assistant in the Sophomore Area, is a member of the social fraternity Omega Phi, and works in the Athletic Training Room. His favorite hobby is eating, though playing any sport holds a close second. He loves cheese, the Green Bay Packers, laughing, grocery shopping, outdoor adventures, cheese again, watching movies and writing.