SMC Pride Week hosts panel on LGBTQ issues

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s group Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) hosted a panel of professors to address LGBTQ current event policies and social justice issues as part of Pride Week on Tuesday in the College’s Student Center.Professor of history Patrick Pierce, professor of religious studies Stacy Davis and professor of psychology Catherine Pittman, discussed the difficulties the LGBTQ community may face and how there may be a variety of interpretations of issues and policies.Davis began the panel by presenting how some areas of the Bible are viewed based on the way individuals view the LGBTQ community.“There is no concept in the ancient world of sexual orientation,” Davis said.Davis interpreted different areas of biblical texts which are used to shape an opinion on sexual orientation, stating that the culmination of views is often “more based on tradition, not scripture.”Pierce then addressed how geographic religious views and generational gap differences can have an impact on policies of the LGBTQ community.Pierce noted how states have a variety of religious make-ups, including Fundamentalists and Evangelicals, and because of this, there are restrictive policies that are shaped around strict moral beliefs.“Legislatures at the state level are disproportionally white and … much more likely to be [composed of] males, which means that it is difficult to make the [LGBTQ] policies push forward,” Pierce said.Pierce finished by presenting how different tools, such as emotional responses, frame the LGBTQ issues by using symbols the community identifies with.“That matter of framing is really crucial, because if you can get control over the frame by which the issue is discussed, you can control the outcome,” Pierce said.Pittman concluded the presentation by pointing out the difficulties and circumstances of coming out for members of the LGBTQ community.Pittman explained how family could be a major influence on one’s decision to reveal their sexuality, as some families may struggle accepting transgender issues.Tags: LGBTQ, Pride, pride panel, saga, Smc pride week, straight and gay alliancelast_img read more

P7.2-M shabu seized in Bacolod buy-bust ops

first_imgPolice Station 3 operativesapprehended Joselito Detoyato, 36, and John Ronel Jaleco, 25, both residents ofthis city, around 12:45 a.m. in Barangay 35. An estimated 27 grams of suspectedshabu worth P405,000 and the marked money of P500 were recovered. At 2:30 a.m. along the South CapitolRoad in Barangay 9, operatives of the Police Regional Office 6’s Regional DrugEnforcement Unit apprehended Ronald Roquero Jr., 38, of Talisay City, NegrosOccidental. The two suspects were detained atPolice Station 1. Police operatives also arrested thelive-in partner of Roquero, Gerline Yabut, 30, of Barangay Handuman, this city;and Alcyn Dwight Cuadra, 40, of Barangay Vista Alegre here. The three suspects were detained atPolice Station 2.center_img A police asset bought from the suspecta plastic sachet of shabu for P7,000. They recovered about a kilo of shabuvalued at P6.8 million. BACOLOD City – About P7.2 millionworth of suspected shabu in combined value were seized in two separate buy-bustoperations of law enforcers here yesterday. Police said the suspects face chargesof violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more