The Colombian Student Association put on an End of the Year Latin Party. Now, let me tell you about my history with Latin dancing.
In high school, I took a few classes through my Spanish program on salsa. In a room of gringos, I wasn’t all that bad.
When I went to a party with a group of Latinos a few weeks ago, the music was pumpin and dancing was mandatory. I suppose I overestimated my abilities. “You’re using too much of your legs!” “Keep your core firm!” “Just make a figure eight with your hips!” After that night, I stood in front of the mirror for hours over the next couple weeks practicing just moving my hips the right way.
So here I am, at the Fiesta Latina, and everyone was dancing. Not the stiff “grinding” you see at the American parties, but these fluid and cohesive movements, it was intimate and passionate in a sense. Ha, there was no way I could do that.
But I didn’t have a choice. Alexander, a friend that I met at the salsa class earlier in the year, had taken my hand and twirling me around and laughing at my stiffness at the same time. But I was getting the hip thing down, let me tell ya.
Events like this make me fall in love with the Latino culture even more. Dancing involves emotion, you can feel it. It is a part of the culture everyone knows. You can go to anyone and know they will be able to salsa, merengue, etc. Here, we are stuck with the line dancing and the awkward swaying.
I originally wanted to steer away from a post of this topic, mainly because there are aspects of Catholicism that are stigmatized for their positions on homosexuality. And I’m Catholic. But I wouldn’t be engaging in the global community of I left out a certain group, and maybe it is necessary to clear up some stigma along the way.
I want to say this: I stand by the Catholic Church on everything. I am not anti-gay. Yes, this is very possible. Actually, this is how Catholicism is taught. I am not anti-gay because I am not to judge based on an uncontrollable characteristic. I am not anti-gay because I do not marginalize any population. I am not anti-gay because homosexuals are just as much human as I am. I am, however, against homosexual marriage because I believe marriage is for unity and procreation between a man and a woman, and that man and woman were created as perfect compliments to one another.
With that said, I would like to comment on a Ted Talk given by Jenni Chang and Lisa Dazols, who went around the world in search for “super-gays.” These are people who embrace their sexuality and have made progress in the LGBT communities on a worldwide scale. I think it is important to promote a global acceptance of LGBT people. However, I think it is important to not shame countries who do not support same-sex marriage. Until 1970, the definition of marriage was exclusively between man and woman, and many will still argue that that definition should still hold true. This isn’t an issue of marriage equality, but a definition of what marriage is according to some. For example, a Christians and Jews will say that marriage is between a man and a woman because that is how it has been defined for thousands of years, dating back to Genesis, a book that has outlived any other. There isn’t ignorance in this either, because there is, throughout the entire Old Testament, many teachings on marriage, all regarding the relationship between man and woman. So to say that a Christian is against marriage “equality” isn’t quite fair, because his definition of marriage, for thousands of years, has been between man and woman. The purpose of this argument is to ensure not to condemn countries, especially more religious ones, for being “homophobic,” and to provide an understanding of the conservative nations.