The Gay month and Pride was born after the events of Stonewall in 1969. Over the years the movement has grown and spread across many countries, including Spain since 1978. The Pride March is an annual event that takes place every year on the 28th of June, it includes both protesting and celebrating.

The March calls for tolerance, equality and dignity for the LGBT+ community.

Spain is one of the most welcoming countries in the world for the LGBTQ+ community. Pride events, festivals and parades have been celebrated for many years throughout the country, from the capital Madrid to the Canary Islands.

  1. History of Pride Month
  2. How is Gay Pride celebrated in Spain

History of Pride Month

In New York, throughout the 60s, people from the LGBTQ+ community were not welcomed in public spaces, let alone in bars. The few establishments that welcomed members of this community were regularly raided by the police. During this period, it was forbidden to dance between men, to wear clothes of the opposite gender, and even serve alcohol to them.

On the 28th of June 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn which led to a riot giving way to the Liberation Movement. The Stonewall Inn attendees on that day decided to fight homophobic behaviours, the battle was then joined by more members of the LGBTQ+ community, thus becoming an icon of the struggle for gay rights, as similar events took place in other parts of New York in the following days. These events became recognised as catalyst for the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States and around the world. The riots between the police and militant groups lasted until the 3rd of July 1969.

Gradually, pride marches, bringing together the LGBTQ+ community, were organized on the last weekend of June, as a tribute to the Stonewall riots.

Over the years, June became a month of celebration of identities and orientations in memory of the Stonewall riots.

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How is Gay pride celebrated in Spain

Spain is one of the countries in the world considered LGBTQ+ friendly and is at the forefront of LGBTQ+ rights, not only in Europe but throughout the world. Thus, it is no coincidence that Spain receives the most visits in June and July.

LGBTQ+ tourism is growing every summer. Famous festivals and a pleasant climate make it the ideal place to make the most of these festivities.

You can find the biggest and best Gay Prides in the biggest Spanish cities such as Madrid and Barcelona

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Madrid has become one of the top LGBTQ+ destinations in the world and Madrid Pride is celebrated every year in the Chueca district. It is the biggest Pride Festival in Europe and one of the largest in the world, with over two million visitors.

People of all ages, genders, sexualities, races and creeds celebrate love and diversity. This year, Madrid Pride Festival 2022, will run from Friday 1st of July to Sunday 10th of July. Pride week is full of activities, cultural events and entertainment. 

The programme varies each year, however, Madrid Gay Pride has 2 dates that you shouln't miss if you came to Madrid for these celebrations. 

On the 7th of July, the heels race take place in the streets of Madrid. Thousands of people meet to run a small race where participants can only wear heels. 

Every 8th of July Mr. Gay Pride takes place. The participants reach the grand finale in Madrid after a pre-selection in their respective Autonomous Communities. The election of Mr. Gay is not only a beauty contest, but also a vindication that also rewards personalities from different fields who have fought for LGBT rights

Along with the Madrid Pride, Barcelona and Ibiza also host an important and unique Pride.

Pride Barcelone has become one of the most popular Pride celebrations in Europe. Barcelona has a long history of fighting for LGBTQ+ rights has become one of the most popular destinations for this community internationally, and if we add to this fact that the Pride Barcelona has a dedicated and willing team who do their utmost to take care of every detail of the celebration. For these reasons, it is easy to understand why Pride Barcelona turns the city into the LGBTQ+ capital of the Mediterranean every summer!

Ibiza Gay Pride event welcomes national and international guests as singer. Besides its charm, Ibiza is also known worldwide for its parties. The island extends its offer to the LGBTQ+ community.

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