Six reasons why Spain should be proud of its LGBT record

With Madrid's pride celebrations in full swing, The Local takes a look at Spain's record with equal rights for members of the LGBT community.

Six reasons why Spain should be proud of its LGBT record
Pride celebrations in Barcelona, 2019. Photo: AFP.

1. A history of equal marriage rights

Between the legalization of gay marriage on June 30th 2005 and 2016, there were almost 40,000 gay marriages in Spain. In this respect, Spain was way ahead of other countries, legalizing same-sex marriage nine years before the UK and ten before the US. In the first full year after the legalization, 2006, 4,313 same-sex couples were married.

2. Starting a family

While other countries struggle with the issue of adoption by same-sex couples, it has been possible in Spain for years. On top of this, a children born by in vitro fertilization in Spain can be recognized as the child of the biological mother’s same-sex partner.

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3. Support and recognition for the trans community

It was as early as 2007 that a Law passed to allow people in Spain to change their name and gender without the need for judicial procedures or surgeries. The right to modify one’s gender on the Civil Registry also became possible with the Gender Identity law of 2007, although it has been pointed out that the process could be less restrictive.

As well as this, although Spanish is a gendered language, it is not uncommon for gender-neutral modifications of words, for example trading 'amigos' or 'amigas' for 'amigxs'. 

4. Amazing Pride Celebrations

Spain is home to some of the world’s biggest and most vibrant pride celebrations. As well as parades in Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia, Madrid’s pride festival is the biggest is Europe, with the parade being expected to attract around 2 million people this weekend.

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5. Protection against discrimination

Although there is sadly no law against sexual-orientation based discrimination, over 85 percent of the Spanish population lives in an autonomous communities or region that offers broad protection against this type of discrimination, including Andalusia (2014/2018), Aragón (2018), Islas Baleares (2007), Cataluña (2014), Canarias (2014), Madrid (2016), Navarra (2017), Valencia (2018), Extremadura (2015), Galicia (2016) ), Basque Country (2012) and Murcia (2016).

6. Taking pride in the little things

Whether it may be the opening of a public retirement home specifically for gay people, or the adaption of traffic lights to celebrate pride, there are all kinds of measures in Spain to help work toward inclusion for all. In fact, a Pew Research Centre poll from 2013 indicated that 88 percent of Spaniards believe that society should accept homosexuality, compared to only 60 percent of people from the US.


By Alice Huseyinoglu

READ ALSO: Everything you need to know about Madrid Pride 2019

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10 Spanish hits you won’t be able to escape this summer

With the success of artists such as Rosalía, J Balvin and Luis Fonsi, Latin music isn't just confined to the Spanish-speaking world.

10 Spanish hits you won't be able to escape this summer
ROSALÍA and J Balvin performing at Coachella Music Festival in April. Photo: AFP.

Whether you're hitting the bars in Spain or partying at home, these are 10 hits that may just get you up on your feet and boogieing the summer nights away.

Con Altura' by ROSALÍA, J Balvin and El Guincho

ROSALÍA has been riding the wave and living her dream since the explosion of her second album ‘El Mal Querer’, which went platinum in January this year. The 25 year old, who won two Latin Grammys in 2018, shows her musical versatility witg her own ingenious take on flamenco, which features in the album, with 'Con Altura'. ROSALÍA says that the collaboration on the track came naturally as she and El Guincho have always had a great time making music together, and when she sent the song to J Balvin via Wattsapp, he was quick to respond with his own verse.

READ MORE: Spanish sensation Rosalia exports flamenco… with a twist

'Callaita' by Bad Bunny and Tainy

The Puetro Rican trap and reaggaton singer, Bad Bunny, whose voice you may recognise from his collaboration with Cardi B in the hit ‘I Like It’, found his fame on Soundcloud in 2017 while working at a supermarket. ‘Callaita’, which features Tainy, currently sits at the top of Spain’s Spotify charts and rising up for the third week on the Latin Billboard charts.

'Otro Trago' by Sech and Darrel

Topping the Spotify charts in several South American countries and sitting at number 8 on Spotify’s global charts, ‘Otro Trago’ is proving a bit of a breakthrough single for the Panamanian artist Sech. The song has a more chilled feel that others on the list; it's less of a party hit and more of a relax-with-your-friends-and-enjoy-the-sun vibe.

'Con Calma' by Daddy Yankee and Snow

Entering its ninth week at number one on the Billboard charts, ‘Con Calma’ is definitely a hot one this summer. Daddy Yankee, who is known as the King of Reaggeton, has also released a remix of the song featuring Katy Perry. You will know Daddy Yankee from ‘Despacito’, which the artist released with Luis Fonsi back in 2017 and may have been stuck in your head more than once over the past couple of years. The song achieved worldwide success for Daddy Yankee, making him the first ever Latin artist to earn the title of most listened artist worldwide on Spotify.

'MIA' by Bad Bunny featuring Drake

Another hit from Bad Bunny, 'MIA' features the American artist Drake, who shows off his Spanish language skills in the song. ‘MIA’ is in its 37th on Billboard’s Latin charts and is still thriving at number two, so its likely to stick around for the heat of the summer.

'Taki Taki' by DJ Snakes featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B

On its 38th week on the Billboard Latin charts, you’re likely to recognise this collaboration which somehow gives you the urge to start moving your hips. DJ Snake is actually French, but features come from the Puerto Rican singer Ozuna and the American artists Cardi B and Selena Gomez, performing in a mixture of Spanish and English.

'Baila Baila Baila' by Ozuna

‘Baila Baila Baila’ was released at the beginning of the year, and soon became a Latin party anthem, reminding us to keep dancing through the summer. Ozuna, surprised fans this year by performing a remix of his song, featuring Daddy Yankee Anuel AA, J Balvin and Farruko during the 2019 Billbaord Latin Music award in April. The collaboration is still part of the Billboard top 10 Latin songs.

'Date La Vuelta' by Luis Fonsi, Sebastian Yatra and Nicky Jam

Luis Fonsi, whose previous success comes from well-known hits such as ‘Despacito’ and ‘Échame La Culpa’, contributes to the Latin music scene with ‘Date La Vuelta’ this summer. A catchy chorus and a rhythm you can jam to make it no surprise that the music video for this song gained more than 1 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours when it was first released in April.

'Soltera' by Lunay featuring Chris Jeday and Gaby Music

With an opening riff that echos Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’, this jammy tune may just be the thing to get you out onto the dance floor this summer. The remix version of the song, which features Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny is currently at 13 on Spotify’s global charts.

'Baila Conmigo' by Dayvi and Victor Cardenas, featuring Kelly Ruíz

The artist Dayvi has emerged with ‘Baila Conmigo’ which is currently at number 7 on Spotify’s Global Viral top 50. It may just be a song to sizzle on the dance floors this summer, with a trumpet riff and a beat to get you up off your feet and dancing the night away.

By Alice Huseyinoglu