Azul y no tan rosa- Celebrating LGBT and Hispanic history

By Janelle DeSouza
October 14, 2015

The college’s diversity team discusses LGBT. Photo by Janelle DeSouza
Graphic by Janelle DeSouza

The college’s diversity team decided to converge the celebration of being a part of the LGBTQ+ community and the Hispanic community at the same time by showing the film “Azul y no tan Rosa” also know in America as “My Straight Son.”

Sarah Carter, assistant director of programming in the office of student diversity, said, “the film talks about a lot of different dimensions of diversity and multiple identities.”

The film “My Straight Son” incorporated both the LGBTQ+ community as well as Hispanic culture but being set in a Spanish speaking country where the cast consisted of a transgender woman, two gay men and a straight son who was picked on for going to a gay club.

Cali-ani Diaz, sophomore criminology major, is the President of Pura Vida which is a club on campus where students of all nationalities can come and learn about the Hispanic heritage. It is not meant only for people of the Latino culture but is meant to bring all groups of race and identity together.

Raymond Ward, associate director of peace and justice, described the movie in three words: “tragic, real and redemption.”

“This isn’t just a topic that’s pertinent in America. It’s a global topic,” Carter said. “While [the] LGBT issue is becoming more accepted here, in areas like Venezuela [and] the Middle East it’s not as accepted so there’s a lot of fear about coming out.”

Romona McMillian, freshman psychology major, said, “I feel like they just wanted us to realize that like there’s still violence going around certain people and she describes the movie as “intense, emotional and funny.”

To allys of the LGBTQ+ community, Ward said, “Keep doing it! I mean if you’re an ally of the LGBT community, be real about it. Don’t just fake it. Find people that need a friend and be there for them.”

To those who identify as LGBTQ he said, “Get organized. Be visible. I know it might be tempting to kind of shrink back and be like everybody else. Be yourself first. Get organized [because] there’s change still that needs to be done.”

To Hispanics and other minorities at Cabrini Ward said, “It’s a great time to be at Cabrini. There’s stuff going on here that is literally changing the face of Cabrini.”

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