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article imageLGBT Monument Slated For Barcelona

By Bryen Dunn     Jan 3, 2011 in Lifestyle
Barcelona - The predominately Catholic religious city of Barcelona (Spain) is poised to construct a monument in recognition of the affliction that the queer community has experienced throughout history.
Homosexuality was only legalized in Spain in 1979, until which time queers were rounded up, removed from the streets, and placed in institutions. The current Socialist government lead by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has been much more receptive to gay rights as part of their strongly liberal social agenda. In 2005 the country passed a law to allow same-sex marriages, making Spain only the third member of the European Union, after Belgium and the Netherlands, to do so.
Barcelona City Hall issued a statement indicating the inscription will read "In memory of the gays, lesbians and transsexual people who have suffered persecution and repression throughout history. Barcelona 2011." The exact site of the pink, triangular stone monument has not yet been decided, although the square outside the Sagrada Familia (Sacred Heart) Basilica is one location that has been proposed. Construction is set to begin shortly, with an official unveiling in February.
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