By Nicole M. Ortiz
March 21, 2012
As a positive way to begin the week, every Monday from 8pm to 9pm Clóset Q airs through Radio Colegial with the purpose of providing a safe space to talk about events that involve the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community in aspects pertaining to social, cultural, and general interests. The cast composed of five members, tries to make the debates and exchange of ideas as fun as possible.
Clóset Q first aired on September 12, 2011 as an initiative by Christie Torres, and Gaddo. Its purpose is “providing a space for education on what is said to be a topic which can still be described as controversial,” Christie said. Additionally, Christie noted that it is one of the biggest goals of the radio show “to be able to give a better and positive exposure to the queer community and achieve equity.”
On this past Monday 19th, the show’s topic was The Puerto Rico Film Festival, which is celebrated in November. This film festival brings cultural opinions on how different countries view topics of homosexuality. The festival als
o depicts the cultural acceptance of the LGBT community, and the differences on how they handle similar situations.
All of the topics of Clóset Q are different, yet all involve topics on public opinion, culture, and society as a whole. The cast has always tried to make the show funny and interesting to hear. Christie said that “it is very important for the UPRM (University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez) community to hear and know about their opinions and the fact that it comes from students makes their words much more credible.”
Clóset Q wants its listeners to hear what the cast has to say, and not to feel oppressed by the conservative community. Alan López, another member of Clóset Q, said that “it would be nice to know that through the radio show someone may be identified with a topic or situation and for them to be some sort of support.”
On another note, the student Felisha Román describes how she feels about LGBT affairs and her opinions on the radio show. She says that listening to Clóset Q “has taught her allot about the LGBT community and that now she sees things with a different point of view”. Felisha made very clear that even though she does not form part of the LGBT community, she fully supports it. She is committed to learning more than what she already knows and is not afraid to discuss the topic in front of the general public.
Also, Felisha stressed that it is extremely important to talk about these topics, instead of keeping them behind closed doors. “If we don’t accept this community or the fact that they ought to share the same rights and liberties that we have, we would be imposing a strict conduct; nowadays society makes the rules,” she said. Felisha al
so confessed that her interest and devotion comes from the difficulties and circumstances she has witnessed with her close friends which too foThis is the official logo of the Radio Show Clóset Q which airs on Mondays at 8pm. The UPRM community can follow
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rm part of the LGBT community. She concluded by saying that she wished more people had the same involvement as she did.