By Elyssa Tijerina
SAN ANTONIO – Despite Our Lady of the Lake University being a private Catholic school, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community on campus continues to grow. For members of the LGBTQ+ community who come from a Catholic bakground it can be hard to open up or even come out to friends. However The Alliance, an on campus organization dedicated to promoting unity and acceptance between LGBTQ+ and straight students, faculty, and visitors is not here to judge. Rather, they are in the same boat and are here to help those who need it.
OLLU hosted a LGBTQ+ prayer service October 10 to hear and prove that everyone has a story to share no matter sexual orientation.
Freshman Raquel Pilgrim attended the prayer service and said it was an eye-opening experience listening to the stories of people from different backgrounds.
According to a press release published by The Alliance “Campus Pride in Faith is currently developing an advisory board composed of professors, administrators, business professionals, laity, religious leaders, parents and alumni,” to “understand the importance of providing resources and guidance to students on religiously affiliated university and college campuses.” Furthermore the Campus Pride in Faith are reaching out to communities in an effort to make them aware of the organization.
As the LGBTQ+ community on campus grows they continue to welcome others to join their group, no matter where they came from.
“The LGBTQ+ group is more like a family, our experiences tie us together,” freshman Andrick Saldana said.