By: Jonathan Torres
“Sexualidades Queer: Asexualidad, Pansexualidad, El Poliamor y La Monogamia,” (Queer Sexualities, Asexuality, Pansexuality, Poliamory and Monogamy) was the title of a panel comprised of students from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, which discussed various issues related to the different sexual orientations in a conversatory with the audience. The event took place on March 5, 2014 as part of the VColoquio “¿Del Otro Lao? Perspectivas Sobre Sexualidades Queer” (From the other side? Perspectives about queer sexualities), held at the UPRM.
The conversatory, in which around 30 students gathered up, began at 3:30 p.m. and finished at 5:00 p.m. The panel included three UPRM students: mechanical engineering major, Denisse Echevarría, English major Vashti Tacoronte, and computer engineer major, Roberto Rodríguez.
“One of the most common and controversial topics today is the sexual orientation of individuals,” said Tacoronte. Asexuality was one of the topics that were debated at the conversatory. After a long exchange of ideas between the panelists and the audience, both of them agreed that asexuality is a term used to catalog a person that is not interested in having sexual relationships. Instead, the person fills that space with emotions and thoughts.
Pansexuality was another topic discussed in the conversatory. “Pansexuality is the attraction to other people regardless of their sexual orientation,” saidTacoronte.
Poliamory and monogamy were the last topics debated in the session. It was more of a discussion about who agreed with loving one person at a time, and who did not. Around half of the audience agreed with the fact that love should be only given to your one and only mate, and that it is impossible to truly love two or more persons at the same time with the same intensity.
In an interview Rodríguez, 20, said that all of these variations of sexual orientations are decisions that we take. He added that psychological studies have revealed that humans are not born being homosexual or having other sexual orientation, instead they learn those ways of thinking and decide to apply them to their life.
The Coloquio is an event held every two years since 2006 with the purpose of creating an open forum and conversatory of students and people to discuss topics such as sexualities and how people with different points of view are often discriminated.
Lissette Rolón Collazo, coordinator of the Coloquio and professor of comparative literature at the UPRM, said in an interview published by www.hercampus.com, that the event intends to co-educate students about social diversity, history of struggles and the intersections between types of discrimination.