The first registered lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and more (LGBTQ+) organization in Silliman University, the Illuminates of the Spectra (ISPEC), will conduct its sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) workshop 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Byblos Library.
Karla Karina Rosales, a third year nursing student and president of ISPEC, said that after registering last November 2014, the workshop will be ISPEC’s first SOGIE workshop as a registered organization. The first happened last September 2013.
Rosales said that the workshop will be conducted by Ge Labid Ygay, a PhD student in psychology who also conducted the 2013 SOGIE.
“[Ygay is] a representative of CebuPlus, which is an HIV support group. He’s involved in a lot of social organizations, which is why he’s rarely in [Dumaguete] because he’s always travelling [due to] work,” Rosales said.
Rosales added that the workshop will be a good start for people to educate themselves, begin understanding, and open their minds about the LGBTQ community and concepts. She also said that it will clear up “many of the misconceptions that so many biases are based upon.”
According to Rosales, the workshop aims to target everyone, but it will focus on college and high school students.
“[College and high school students are] at that critical stage where opinions, beliefs, and values really start to become internalized because they’re old enough to understand…the right thing, and young enough for their minds to be ‘malleable’ to be taught,” Rosales said.
Rosales also said that no matter the orientation, the organization and the workshop welcomes everyone. “Whether you are from the LGBTQ+ community or not, you can still learn from SOGIE,” she said.
For Rosales, she’s excited for the SOGIE workshop.
“I want it to be able to reach as many people as possible, and I want everyone to learn something and walk away from SOGIE thinking a bit more differently than before they came in,” she added.
By Christian Renz Torres