Hello young queers of all gender and/or sexuality variety! Rainbow Trinity is excited to meet you all in the coming week, but before you get dosed in metaphorical/literal welcome glitter, here is a queer guide to Trinity College and the University of Toronto at-large. Despite our emphasis on “tradition,” Trinity College has a heads-on approach when it comes to ensuring we remain an inclusive, safe space for marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex folks.
So for starters, what is Rainbow Trinity? We are a levied club at Trinity College that uses our nice bag of money to host academic events, movie nights, and socials. Essentially, our mission is to celebrate diversity within the Trinity community by acting as a social support group. This year, we will be working extra hard to get out of the “Trin bubble,” and explore all the places Toronto has to offer. This will include, but is not limited to: the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the GLAAD Book Shop, and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
We will also be a part of Queer Orientation, which is happening from September 19th to September 29ths and includes all sorts of events including a Campus Tour to the Village, LGBTQ International Students Lunch, and dance classes! I highly recommend going to at least two events, especially the meet n’ greets, because I have found it is difficult to meet people outside of Trinity College when you get stuck in your studies come November. I know it can be nerve-wracking but if you want to go, go! Don’t psyche yourself out, because I did, and now I completely regret not going to more events. So in September, the full list will be posted on the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) website, so please stay tuned!
Finally, for the closeted folks who are reading this, please don’t feel forced to come out when you feel that you are not ready. Although Trinity is quite an inclusive and accepting place, we also understand how big of a deal it is to open up like that, and know that is completely up to you to make that decision when you feel comfortable. Did I mention that is about YOU and NOT anyone else? If I didn’t, let me say it loud and clear: coming out to yourself, your friends, co-workers, and/or family is on YOUR time and schedule, so please do not feel pressured one way or the other. As a queer gal coming from a Catholic high school in Alberta, I know how it feels to be accepted and not accepted by those who are close to you. When things are rough, just know that you are not alone, and my door (Body-460) will always be open. If you want more information on coming-out, the SGDO created a really great brochure that you can find right http://sgdo.utoronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Coming-Out.pdf .
While I am at it, here are some campus resources that are amazing on a variety of LGBTQA+ related issues:
LGBTOUT Drop-in Centre http://lgbtout.com
And with that, I leave with some Rainbow Trin events to look forward to:
September 3rd, 3:00pm-5:00pm: Meet the Exec at the Trinity College Clubs Fair!
September 8th, 12:00pm-2:00pm: Water Fight in the Back Field!
September 22nd, 12:00pm-2:00pm: The Annual Rainbow Trinity Barbecue!
September 26th, 6:30pm-10:00pm: Rainbow Trin and the TCDS Go To: The Rocky Horror Show!
October 6th, 6:00pm: Our First Academic Event! Topic TBA!
See you all very soon, or as Rainbow Trin says: YAY GAY!
President of Rainbow Trinity