Every year, members of Filipino community parade with their unique styles to be visible and support liberty and equality for LGBTs. An estimated one million people attended the parade which took the route of Atocha-Paseo del Prado – Cibeles – Alcala. The Pride Week started on July 3 until July 7 at the heart of Madrid’s gay district Chueca. Famous theater actress Paloma San Basilio graced the opening ceremony and everyone were treated to concerts, musicals and Mr. Gay Pride Spain 2013.
The Filipino LGBT group in Madrid once again open their closets and parade their colourful wardrobe at this year’s Madrid Orgullo (MADO) or the Madrid Gay Pride. This year theme is “Youth Without Closet” or Jovenes Sin Armarios, which aims to advocate for the visibility of the youth for the fight for equality.
Spain is among the European countries which are in favor of same-sex marriage. In 2007, the Madrid Pride drew two million participants and spectators in the city and in 2017 Madrid will be the host of the World Pride.
In this year’s parade, different associations of LGBT in Spain and Europe as well as political parties paraded in their own floats, all campaigning for equal rights for LGBTs.
The response of spectators to the Filipino LGBT group was overwhelming. Many people took photos with them while some were interviewed by local and foreign media. The Filipino LGBT group in Madrid did not only represent the Filipinos but as well as Asians in this city. Walking to the main street caught us attention as the people would stop by and ask for a photograph with them.
About the author
Neil Dela Cruz was born in Madrid but grew up in the Philippines. He went back to Spain in 2002 and had since been active in Filipino community especially in language interchange and cultural events. He is the Vice President of Kapisanan ng mga Nagkakaisang Pinoy sa Madrid, active choir member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and on of the writers of Ang Bagong Filipino, a online magazine for Filipinos in Spain.