Hope for total LGBTI integration in the Axarquia


AXARQUIA capital Velez-Malaga is saying a big NO to homophobia and transphobia with the launching of a plan which is to promote complete tolerance, integration and respect for members of the LGBTI community.

The Municipal Plan Against Homophobia and Transphobia will include 15 measures which will cover most council departments, with actions that will be carried out during the next 12 months, to raise awareness for the protection and defence of LGBTI rights, which are so often violated.

Social Services Councillor Zoila Martin and President of the Andalucia LGBTI rights Arco Iris Federation Gonzalo Serrano (pictured), explained that the measures have been drafted together with the help and support of this association.


Amongst the long-awaited measures are the creation of an LGBTI centre which will offer help for teachers and students across schools; raising awareness amongst the senior community and train the Local Police on hate-crimes regarding sexual or gender orientation; increase visibility for homosexual and mono-parental families in events such as Carnival or the Three Wise Men event; creating awareness campaigns against homophobia in sports centre; facilitate visibility of municipal workers who would like to publicly express their sexual orientation, as well as designate a municipal councillor for a brand new Affective-Sexual Diversity and Gender Identity Department.

“Velez-Malaga will now become part of the list of towns which are looking forward in this field, such as Jaen, Malaga, Granada and Cordoba, pursuing measures of this kind,” said Martin.

“Homophobic and transphobic attacks are still prevalent, and we believe education is necessary to fight against them,” said Head of the Arco Iris federation, Gonzalo Serrano.

These measures are to be approved in a plenary session scheduled to take place by the end of this month.


  1. GOOD. Homophobia costs lives – in the literal sense (suicide and other mental health-related issues) and in the metaphorical sense (years of a child’s, teenager’s and later adult’s life wasted on depression, feeling isolated, eating disorders/addictions/generally feeling desperately unhappy with no self-confidence).
    There is no place in the 21st century for prejudice against a person because of his or her general choice of partner, or for depriving any human of the rights and respect others have always taken for granted purely because of something they’re born with.
    Raising awareness only means showing the world at large that what other people do, which doesn’t harm them, is perfectly okay and healthy, and means those who once had to hide their feelings can now talk about them openly without fear of reprisal.
    Raising awareness is not going to make more people gay, any more than seeing heterosexual images and meeting straight people will turn a gay person straight.
    Although if it DID ‘turn people gay’ – apart from being impossible – it wouldn’t actually matter, because it’s every bit as valid and normal as being straight.


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