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Activists in Spain celebrate Pride Week, call for equal rights

Pride means claiming our rights at a time when they are also being called into question and when hate speech is increasing by large sectors of the population and politics.

TOLEDO, Spain ꟷ Colored flags waved high during the march that closed out the 2022 Pride Week in Toledo. Hundreds of members of the LGTBI+ community, and their allies, walked from the Plaza de Zocodover to City Hal. In Spain, LGTBI+ stands for lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and intersex – a variation of the North American phrase LGBTQ+.

Through a cry of courage, they not only demonstrated their pride. Participants also made a clear call to demand equal rights and social change.

Moderators of the event read the following from their manifesto: “Spain has been characterized by being a flagship country in respect for equality and it will continue to be so. An example of that reality is the legislation of equal marriage achieved 17 years ago.”

Meanwhile, one of the protesters pointed out, “Pride means claiming our rights at a time when they are also being called into question and when hate speech is increasing by large sectors of the population and politics. We believe that it is very necessary to manifest ourselves and make ourselves visible.” Members of the community around the world celebrate Pride Week in June to commemorate the historical event at Stonewall.

Read more about activism taking place in the LGBTQ+ community.

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Honduran journalist with more than 12 years of experience in the media. A communication and advertising sciences graduate of the University of San Pedro Sulha, Xochilth has worked on different radio and television channels and taught at the university level. She currently collaborates as an editor of a digital newspaper.