The LGTBI+ Pride speech by 4 'ex-triunfitos' attracts 1000’s of individuals in Madrid: “We demand freedom” | Society | EUROtoday

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A rainbow flies over the centre of Madrid. On balconies, on flags and on followers. On banners and on the wrists of the 1000’s of individuals crowded into Plaza Pedro Zerolo, within the Madrid neighbourhood of Chueca. Protest and celebration come collectively this Wednesday to kick off the LGTBI+ Pride.

To the rhythm of the Spanish model of It'll be as a result of I like youLa Plexy, the drag queen who has been presenting this celebration for years, explosively stirs up the viewers, who reply with shouts of pleasure and pleasure. Four dancers accompany her in everlasting heels. And the primary slogan emerges: “Not one step back.”

The speeches comply with each other between the totally different associations till, at round 9 o'clock at night time, the principle course arrives. Up on the stage situated in the course of Pedro Zerolo Square, named after one of many best-known activists of the LGTBI+ motion, 4 former contestants from the final version of Operación Triunfo are in control of studying the proclamation. They are Juanjo Bona, Martín Urrutia, Violeta Hódar and Chiara Oliver. Their presence unleashes the insanity of the followers, who alternate screams and tears of emotion and document every phrase of their idols with their cellphones.

From left to right, former 'triunfitos' Martín Urrutia, Juanjo Bona, Chiara Oliver and Violeta Hódar, this Wednesday when they gave the Pride speech, in Plaza Pedro Zerolo in Madrid.
From left to proper, former 'triunfitos' Martín Urrutia, Juanjo Bona, Chiara Oliver and Violeta Hódar, this Wednesday once they gave the Pride speech, in Plaza Pedro Zerolo in Madrid. INMA FLORES

The 4 former contestants, all members of the group, take turns on the microphone to advocate at no cost love. “The world is full of people who feel and love in different ways, and they are all fine. It has always been like this, although now we are more visible,” Juanjo begins. The acclaim is thunderous and banners of help are unfold all through the sq.. “I am here because Juanjo and Martín made it easier,” reads certainly one of them.

In latest editions, the music present has change into one of many areas the place individuals from this group have essentially the most visibility and the place their rights and freedoms are most demanded. The 4 younger individuals of their twenties had no qualms about displaying their sexual orientation from the primary second on tv and have become function fashions for the era Z who adopted them at every gala and commented on their performances on social networks. “If you have felt alone, or have thought that you were not understood or that you did not deserve the love of others, here you have your sisters,” says Chiara.

Both {couples} starred in two of essentially the most memorable moments of the version that unleashed insanity amongst their followers on social networks: them, once they carried out God solely is aware of; They, once they sang I kissed a womanTheir expertise in this system has earned them the chance to offer the welcome speech at this yr's Pride. “We demand security, protection and, above all, freedom,” says Violeta.

Madrid Pride, whose motto this yr is Education, rights and peace: Pride that transformshas change into a mass phenomenon lately, attended by individuals from everywhere in the world. According to the National Police, a million guests are anticipated to attend the varied actions held within the capital in the course of the week.

La Plexy, this Wednesday on the stage where the Pride speech was given in Madrid.
La Plexy, this Wednesday on the stage the place the Pride speech was given in Madrid. INMA FLORES

The voice of the singer Diana Navarro burst into the center of the sq. at about half previous 9 at night time to sing her model of It is alleged thatby Concha Piquer, whose lyrics allude to the liberty to like with out bearing in mind the opinion of others. The attendees have sung alongside, with higher intention than tuning, to the verses If you see two ladies it’s also mentioned that / the world is the other way up y To love, I wish to love freely / as a result of I used to be born a girl / to like / and to do my holy will.

Although the official begin of the LGTBI+ Pride was this Wednesday, the Chueca neighbourhood has been decked out for the celebration for weeks. It is troublesome to stroll 20 steps with out coming throughout a flag of the group hanging from some store or balcony. The Critical Pride demonstration, of an eminently vindictive and non-festive nature, was additionally introduced ahead, the place some 10,000 individuals marched by way of the capital on June 28, International LGTBI+ Pride Day.

The political context wherein Pride begins paints a reivindicative panorama that’s in keeping with latest years. Although final yr's celebration already came about within the midst of a succession of pacts between the Popular Party and Vox in a number of regional and municipal governments after the elections of May 28, this would be the first wherein the agreed insurance policies have been carried out. Vox has repeatedly tightened the rope to make invisible any trace of variety in school rooms or in tradition. This occurred in Burriana (Valencia), with the try by a Vox councilor to censor LGTBI+ books for being “scandalous” from the youth part of the municipal library or the rejection of Virginia Woolf's work Orlando, which talks about homosexuality, “due to lack of budget” in Valdemorillo (Madrid).

Equality Minister Ana Redondo during the Pride speech in Madrid on Wednesday.
Equality Minister Ana Redondo in the course of the Pride speech in Madrid on Wednesday.INMA FLORES

The controversy has additionally focused the Popular Party in latest days. In Madrid City Hall, the weather chosen to signify Pride 2024 on the posters have been heels, condoms, glasses and confetti, with no point out of the rainbow flag or the LGTBI+ acronym. A indisputable fact that sparked complaints from associations of the collective. And in Valencia, the mayor, María José Catalá, refused to place the flag on the municipal balcony and argued that, if she did, she would additionally should put up the flag of many different social causes.

So, on this context, the spirit of protest takes power. One of essentially the most emotional moments of this Wednesday occurred when the president of the State Federation LGTBI+, Uge Sangil, requested three inquiries to the general public. “Let those of us who have suffered bullying, have been insulted or have been hit, raise our hands.” And the sq. was stuffed with arms within the air.

The celebration continues till after eleven at night time. The preliminary protest has given method to celebration. Pride begins.