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Madrid celebrates gay pride

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  1. ¡Cuánto me habría gustado estar allí! Pero mi novio es profesor en secundaria y nunca podemos ir.
    Cuando nos jubilemos…
    How I’d have loved to be there! But my boyfriend teaches in a secondary school and we can never go.
    When we retire…

  2. I will go to Madrid when they stop the horrible use of animals for sport. It is a shame Spain is supports and is marred by this sick, unconscionable horror.

  3. Well done to all who took part in the Parade. Europride will take palce in Warsaw, Poland from July 9 to July 18,2010. The actual parade will be July 17. Everyone is welcome.

  4. An aspect of the Madrid Pride which is not reflected in the PinkNews report, and is markedly different to London Pride, is well reported here:

    | [2010-07-04 Latin American Herald Tribune]
    |
    | http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=359746&CategoryId=12395
    |
    | Sunday July 04, 2010
    |
    | Transsexuals Take Leading Role in Madrid’s Gay Pride Parade
    |
    | MADRID – Thousands of people paraded Saturday [2010-07-03]
    | through downtown Madrid in a festive, colorful march giving
    | visibility of transsexuals, a group that took the leading role
    | in this year’s Gay Pride demonstration in Spain.
    |
    | The parade attracted, according to the organizers – the State
    | Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, or
    | FELGTB, and Madrid’s COGAM gay-rights organization – more than a
    | million people, a number similar to previous years.
    |
    | The banner at the head of the parade, with the slogan “For Trans
    | Equality,” was carried by Spain’s minister of equality, Bibiana
    | Aido, who joined in minutes after the event began, together with
    | other representatives of leftist political parties.
    |
    | Marching with them was the Israeli transsexual Suku Alexander,
    | representing the gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals of
    | Israel, after the organization barred the presence of the Tel
    | Aviv float for not condemning the attack on the so-called
    | “Freedom Flotilla.”
    |
    | Both the politicians and the organizers voiced their complaint
    | that even now in the 21st century transsexuals are officially
    | considered sick people.
    |
    | Spain’s minister of equality recalled that the Spanish
    | government has urged the World Health Organization to remove
    | transsexuality from the international classification of
    | illnesses.
    |
    | For his part, the president of the FELGTB, Antonio Poveda, said
    | that “transsexuals, the most vulnerable group in our world, must
    | have the same rights that we already enjoy as lesbians, gays and
    | bisexuals.”
    |
    | Besides transsexuals, the March of Pride commemorated this year
    | the fifth anniversary of Spain’s enacting the law allowing
    | same-sex marriages.
    |
    | For that reason, the first of the more than 30 floats in the
    | parade was for diverse families: a double-decker bus in which
    | families of lesbians, gays, transexuals and bisexuals displayed
    | the realities of their lives.
    |
    | The organizers again insisted that the demonstration is
    | basically a protest, though in fact it becomes a festival of fun
    | to attract participation.
    |
    | To the rhythm of drums and the sound of songs that have become
    | classics in parades of this kind, such as “A Quien Le Importa”
    | (Who Cares) by Alaska, the demonstrators crowded the streets of
    | downtown Madrid dressed in the most widely diverse and
    | flamboyant costumes while carrying flags with all the colors of
    | the rainbow.
    |
    | The manifesto read at the end of the march insisted that
    | transsexuals have the right to be treated as they were born, as
    | what they have really always been.
    |
    | And to achieve that, they have asked for an overhaul of the
    | educational system because it does not acknowledge the existence
    | of this diversity; of the health system, so that “in every
    | community the transsexualizing process can be attended to”; of
    | the mind of those who believe that transsexuality is a sickness;
    | and of the workplace with its measures of discrimination.

    Watching various spectators’ videos on Youtube it is unclear whether, in London Pride, trans people were gathered together in a little section somewhere towards the end of the parade, or if that was just the banners of trans groups and trans, and formerly-trans people were spread throughout. Certainly trans inequality was not obviously featured as issues of the day though.

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