Children Embracing The “Other” Side

By: Lilliam Z. Morales Rodríguez

      The conference “ Embracing the ‘other’ within through children’s banned books” took place on March 6, 2014, in the building Celis, room C008, of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPRM). The conference began at 3:30 p.m. and ended at 6:15 p.m, the conference gained a lot of attention, even though the seat capacity of the room was full with four tables and six seats in each one, a total of 24 chairs were occupied, and people kept joining the conference even if it meant sitting on the floor, with this there were approximately more than 30 people in the room.

      The panelist included Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, Maribel Acosta, Katrin Beinroth, Elenita Irizarry and Prisca Rodríguez. They explained books which had anything to do with people of the same gender together and were banned for children and were shown Examples of these types of books are Prince Cinders and Daddy’s roommate.

The panelists told the students to take notes so they could later on express their thoughts about the questions and clips being displayed on the projector.Some of the questions were, “would you like it if when you have kids for they to be informed about the LGBT and would you mind?” , “What’s your opinion of the subject? and “Why would or would’t you allow it?” and if you thought people would agree with your decision. More than 80 percent of attendees raised their hands and agreed that kids these days know and learn a lot more thanks to TV, and if in order to give the children correct visualization of people and of the world, we must begin to teach them, in our houses and in school.

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Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente (NanVan) and  Maribel Acosta present a clip from the movie Billy Elliot.

  “Kids are pure, they tend to repeat after an adult, so why should we give them a bad example?. LGBTQ are as normal as any person with their likes and dislikes. It is a fact that children often get their knowledge not only from school but from what they see and hear,” said Héctor Ramos , 19, a UPRM student .

  A clip from the film Billy Elliot demonstrated how much a parent’ s approval and support of his or her child and towards and his or her choices could help the child become greater than they ever imagined. Also by promoting us college students to stand up and read children’s books such as Prince Cinders and Daddy’s roommate, made us feel more comfortable in the groups and actually understand them.

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