The official Madrid Pride has been given the green light for a “responsible and safe” festival to celebrate all things LGBTQ+, with this years theme in support of trans rights.
As in previous years, the highlight will be the Pride Parade at 8pm Saturday, 3rd July, in central Madrid – though this year due to ongoing restrictions without the world famous floats.
The route is from Atocha ( Glorieta de Carlos V) to Plaza de Colon.
The festival, organised by the National Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transexuals and Bisexuals and Madrid Association of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, will be annoucing the full programme which is expected to include workshops, concerts and cultural events around in Chueca as well as other parts of the capital.
Madrid Pride is now in its 5th decade, having started in the early 1970s as a small ( and illegal) street festival in Chueca.
In 2017 Madrid hosted World Pride which saw half a million people, including some 300,000 visitors party in Madrid.
The announcement comes as Spain has been given the thumbs up for its tolerant and welcoming attitude towards LGBTQ+ visitors and holidaymakers.
The dating website, MyDatingAdviser.com, is marking Pride 2021 by releasing its report on the most welcoming countries for LGBTQ+ travellers, giving Spain a big yes in 3rd place out of 34 countries researched.
The report ranked the most gay-friendly destinations and listed the best countries for LGBTQ+ travel with Sweden topping the list followed by Holland.
Factors taken into account included society’s acceptance of homosexuality, sexual activity rights, civil union rights, marriage rights, adoption rights, military service rights, anti-discimination and gender identity laws.
Spain whose near received a near perfect Travel Index Score of 96.7 has come very far since since the end of the Franco regime and the adoption of the democratic 1978 constitution.
Homosexuality has been legal since 1979 and same sex mariage legalised in 2005.
Spain has also adopted a wide range of anti-gay discrimination laws and since 2007 all legal and national ID documents can be amended to the recognised gender.