By: Samuel Collazo Merle
The Coloquio Perspectives of Queer sexualities depicting the gay and lesbian culture of Puerto Rico, was presented, free to all public, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 4th at Amphitheatre Ramón Figueroa Chapel, located in Chardón building in the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM). The president of the Lawyer’ Guild of Puerto Rico, Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, was the key note speaker of the conference, “Del otro la’o del Derecho o el Derecho del otro la’o”,( The other side of law or the law from other side.)
Rivera Lassén talked about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people that feel anger that may transform into hate and due to that, they are working hard to change the norms. The lawyer said “rights are created when they can and should be created”.
Lawyer Rivera Lassén started with a humorous introduction of herself and excusing herself because she was not able to arrive the day before to spend some time with the other comrades that were presenting their platforms.
After excusing herself the lawyer discussed in more detail what was going to be presented in her conference.
The lawyer defined the word vision as “The ways that justice sees everything. What is feminine and masculine, genre, sex”.These definitions were the basic key to understanding the message underneath the humans’ genres.
Also she let us know that the section on human genres of the letter of law of the ELA is based on the letter of law of the United States of America. The lawyer explained that the letter of law of the United States of America is outdated and should be revised so that it goes hand in hand with present day’s way of life. The lawyer in her speech stated that the queer should fight for their rights just like women did in the 1930’s when they claimed their right to vote.
She then let the audience know that in 2010, when she was running for the presidency of the Lawyers’ Guild her election was historic because she was the third woman in the 172 years of the college, the first Afro-Puerto Rican and the first Openly LGBT person to occupy the position. Her first word as president was that “lawyers do not get convinced by fear but by reason.”
Reason is led by their senses which are capable of changing through the circumstances or time.
Rivera Lassén said “laws are constantly changing and because of that we need to look forward to the next step to be taken”. Also that she gave the first step forward to be more united that separate.