By: Elbin G. Torres
With the purpose of debating on issues related to non-heteronormative sexualities a group of students and professors of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez organized a film screening for the V Coloquio ¿Del Otro La’o? Perspectivas Sobre Sexualidades “Queer”, held at UPRM from March 4-6.
The film Gun Hill Road was shown on March 5 at 3:30 p.m. the Tarzán Room Around 20 persons attended, many of them were younger people and the rest were professors and adults.
The film was introduced by Dr. Lissette Rolón Collazo, professor in the UPRM’s Department of Humanities.
The movie was about a Puerto Rican transsexual boy who was living in the Bronx, New York. His dad just got out of jail and began to have problems with his son’s sexual orientation. The father ended up in jail again due to his bad conduct and social behavior.
“I feel totally identified with this movie, I have a cousin that it is transsexual and I know how hard and difficult it is for the family to understand him,” said Stephanie Vélez, a UPRM biology student who attended the screening as a member of the Coloquio’s organizing committee.
A man in the front of the crowd reacted different to the movie. He said: “It is not natural people being transsexual. The father of the boy was correct in the way he reacted to the situation, I would have done the same.”
Dr. Rolón quickly redirected the crowd’s attention to prevent misunderstandings and explain key aspects of the film. She was protecting some of the students she knew who attended the screening, who were members of the LGBTT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual) community.
“We can notice that although the movie is set in the United States, the presence of American and white people is barely seen. This was to emphasize the social problems that Puerto Rican families, who migrated to the U. S., were living in the 50’s.” Dr. Rolón mentioned.
As soon as the discussion was over, she exhorted people to go to the activities that were left of the Coloquio. “It has been a pleasure. If you want you can come next door to the Ramón Figueroa Chapel Amphitheater to see the two activities that are left, one of them is a performance and the other is the closing ceremony.” Dr. Rolón concluded.