EUROPRIDE MADRID 2007

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EUROPRIDE MADRID 2007 – Spanish version


Many of the Spanish gay men on the streets of the capital felt quite excited and proud of the fact that Europride was celebrated in Madrid. There was the sense of being special among all the countries in the world for having achieved equal rights for gay couples in terms of legality, denomination of the union and adoption and recognition for transsexuals and their legal status -they can change their name in the national ID card regardless of a physical change of sex.

But, the street parties and the huge number of people watching the parade did also increase that pride, that inner perception of having achieved a level that many other countries in Europe and in the world would like to be. That, a country from the south of Europe can do as well as many of the more socially advanced northern areas of the continent.

Though, I was never a full supporter of the word “marriage” as such for its religious connotations, I admit that I am more willing to do it nowadays.

I shared the joy and happiness of many who had campaigned for years to see this moment and due to the complex legal system in Spain, this achievement is understandably important.

So, Enhorabuena [Hooray!!!] to those who fought hard to be here.

The iPhone domino effect.

First was Prada phone, even before the iPhone. Shortly, we will be exposed to an endless offer of mobile phones that will offer touch screen, wifi and ten thousands other functions on the hope that they will take some of the hype about the Apple new hot item on the market.

So, if you can´t get hold of one, don´t despair…more is coming surely!!!

and it might not be an apple logo.

The fear countdown…

As the bomb threats extend their domain, the sensation that something might indeed happen starts gaining strength First London Central area, then Glasgow, today´s terminal 4 in heathrow and it won´t take long before the fear spreads to other airports.

It´s sad to admit it but that´s exactly what´s this is about. We lived it many times by now and somehow, not matter how we feel about it, we still be feeling nervous with certain attitudes, packages, looks…the fear initiates its process inside us in that way.

Still, death can happen anytime, anywhere. Why should we be beaten by feelings of awful events that might not happen?-The best way to face terrorism is by carrying on with our lives.

EUROPRIDE MADRID 2007

EUROPRIDE MADRID 2007

EUROPRIDE

If there was something to prove, Madrid did it.

Europride was a great success in number of people, who joined in thousands ,to the revellers on the march and the party atmosphere on the streets during the whole week.

Crowded coaches left different locations around Spain with one direction, the capital. If there ever was to be a gay airline, this was the time. Many of the planes landing in Barajas on Thursday, Friday and even Saturday were full of gay men and members of the broad community.

If someone had in mind just to party on the weekend, they soon left those intentions aside as it was busy on Chueca from late Thursday night. The rest of the days followed the trend with a, perhaps too packed, busy Saturday.

The Parade took nearly five hours to complete the journey from Puerta de Alcala with its floats packed with men and women demonstrating their joy of the rights obtained in Spain and standing defiant to the new goals to achieve for LGBT community.

Though a more elaborated floats would have added that extra push to the party, the view of them when they passed Hortaleza street via Gran Via was of a superb musical party event with people cheering up and participating.

Perhaps, Saturday wasn’t the best day of all with so many people on the streets of Chueca that the aim to move from A to B become impossible. Saying that, it reinforced the idea that Europride and Gay Pride in Madrid was not just a party for those “within the community” but for everyone who wanted to have fun.

Many will take a few days to rest, not doubt that well deserved, because the energy required to keep up with the party spirit was high and well-spent and many happy trashed faces boarded their planes back home.