QUEER Sexualities and Legal Appliances

By Glorinés Ruiz González

A presentation of two student’s investigations was held as part of the V Coloquio ¿Del otro la’o? Perspectivas sobre sexualidades queer, which took place from March 4 through March 6 at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.

Thirty people, including students, professors, LGBTT community leaders and state police department representatives, attended.

Graduate history student Antonio Ramos began the panel presenting his investigation titled “Tran-sexuality in police women.”. Undergraduate student in comparative literature Nivializ Toro López also presented her investigation titled “Prostitution in Puerto Rico, Sirena Selena, Isabel Luberza Oppenheimer and the journalistic discussion about prostitution.”.


Graduate history student Antonio Ramos presenting his investigation.

Ramos discussed how his investigation will be focusing on the challenges that women face when taking on a job in the state police department, which is predominantly dominated by men and how that has affected their sexuality to overcome gender preference in this carrier.
On the other hand, Toro López presented a discussion of the way prostitution is presented in the novel “ Sirena Selena Vestida de Pena “, written by Mayra Santos Febres. She discussed, the legendary prostitute from Ponce, Isabel Luberza Oppenheimer, and the ways prostitution is portrayed in journals in Puerto Rico.

Once the discussion was over the session opened up to a discussion with the audience. Representatives of the state police invited students to keep them informed and to form part of their current investigations.

Also the LGBTT committee of Mayagüez discussed their efforts to join forces with the state police and fight the prostitution dilemmas that take place currently.

In addition it was discussed the social impact the presented issues have on the community and the different views on how the students can expand and immerse in their investigations.



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