Madrid accused of whitewashing Gay Pride

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06/25/2019

The new right-wing government of Madrid is being accused of censoring pro-LGBT publicity ahead of the city’s Gay Pride festivities. The Madrid Gay Pride, which takes place during the first weekend of July, is one of the biggest such events in Europe. However, the leftist opposition in the capital claims that a campaign advertising the event and celebrating LGBT history has been whitewashed. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York, a major landmark in the campaign for gay rights. In Spain, meanwhile, the LGBT community has made huge strides in terms of rights and visibility since the end of the country’s dictatorship in the late 1970s. Under Manuela Carmena, who took office as mayor in 2015, the Más Madrid leftist coalition heavily promoted the Gay Pride event and LGBT rights.

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