In 1899 ambassadors from protestant churches knelt over the map of Puerto Rico, divided the territory among them and prayed that locals met their influence without hostility. This vignette from Donald T Moore’s book Puerto Rico for Christ and pulled apart by Puerto Rican sociologist Emilio Pantojas García sets the wheels in motion that allowed religion to steer the future of our political and cultural system. In this episode, journalist and producer Alejandra Rosa and author and photographer Huáscar Robles review how this religious influence fuels today’s anti-LGBTQ agenda. This is part 2 of 3.
In her description of a hate crime, a transgender woman recalls how her audition sharpened while she fended off what seemed like certain death. She could hear the nightscape, the coquies and radio sounds of the nearby homes. Puerto Rican journalist dubbed this “The Puerto Rican Silence,” the floating sounds of the island’s landscape. The description spans many metaphors on a country plagued by censorship, vigilance and persecution. Rosa, on a powerful and emotionally charged interview, discusses with Catatonia Podcast, of the upcoming narrative piece she penned for Scallywag Magazine “From the Church to the Capitol: “Religious Freedom” vs. LGBT rights in Puerto Rico. This is part 1 of 3 episodes dedicated to The Future of the LGBTQ+ Community as the Religious Right influences government and attempts to roll back protections.