By: Cristina M. Correa Franceschi
In the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez the “V Coloquio ¿Del otro Lao? Perspectivas sobre sexualidades queer” (V Colloquium from the other side? Perspectives about queer sexualities) took place from Tuesday March, 4 to Thursday March, 6. On Thursday March, 6 in the Amphitheater Ramón Figueroa Chapel in the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez, Dr. Salvador Vidal Ortíz offered a conference of “Temáticas Trans, Temáticas Queer: A propósito de una América Latina conectada en Teoría y en el día a día” (Trans Themes, Queer Themes: In Search of a Latin American connected in theory and in day to day). The objective of the conference are to identify the roots of activism and illustrate examples of the Trans thematic in Colombia.
Then he gave a definition of the word Trans, which means transformers and how people called Trans in other places like transvestite. He talked about Rubin, Teresa de Lauretis and he discussed the terms homophobia, heterosexism and heteronormativity. He talked about the Trans women in Bogotá, Colombia and what the government do for them and how they live in Colombia.
He talked about a fashion show called Bogotrans; the people that organize the event, teach trans women modeling, refinement and makeup to 12 women that participate, the show is very famous and is good to the country and for the economy of Colombia but the media cannibalize the trans women, “they are citizens of rights long as they consume”, he referred to this as long as they eat and shop they are citizens.
The conference concluded with a series of questions and comments by the audience. About 30 persons attended the event.
Conference attendee Anthony Pérez, an employee at Hospital La Concepción in San Germán, attended because he was interested in learning more about the word queer. Pérez told me “I have trans friends and wanted to know more about the word and its meaning.”