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Colombia: the primary visitor nation within the historical past of Pride

This yr, for the primary time within the historical past of Madrid Pride, there’s a visitor nation. It is Colombia, and as a customer it has a float within the parade that follows the demonstration. In addition, the South American nation has obtained the MADO 2024 award, for its efforts to turn into an inclusive vacation spot for LGTBI+ vacationers.

The award was obtained throughout the opening speech of the Pride by Carmen Caballero, president of ProfessionalColombia, the corporate in command of positioning the nation's model. Last yr, the variety of guests reached nearly six million, which amounted to greater than 9 billion {dollars}, in line with figures from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism. Caballero, who can be a part of the group – she defines herself as a lesbian – defends that it’s “a human right to choose how to live, who you want to love and how you want to do it.”

This yr, Colombia will host Interpride, an occasion that brings collectively the organisers of satisfaction marches from world wide and which can happen in Latin America for the primary time; it will likely be in Medellín. In addition, Colombia, which legalised same-sex marriage in 2013, has obtained the award for the very best inclusive worldwide vacationer vacation spot throughout Fitur 2024, an award that provides to the one awarded in 2018 by the World Travel Awards 2018, as the very best vacationer vacation spot in South America for LGBTI+ travellers.

The present authorities of Gustavo Petro has included fixed references to equality in numerous areas of society in its discourse. In January 2023, it created the Ministry of Equality, headed by the vp, Francia Marquéz. There remains to be work to be achieved to ensure LGTBI+ normalisation, as demonstrated by the 42 murders and 840 instances of violence recorded in 2022 towards LGTBI+ folks, in line with official knowledge; or the employment hole (of 12.5%) between the group and the heterosexual inhabitants.