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LAS PALMAS PRIDE, WITH A T FOR TRANSEXUAL

Israel Reyes

14 July, 2015

 

34 5bThe Maspalomas Pride is like a magnet (every year it attracts more and more people) for thousands of guys and girls who want to let their hair down and celebrate their diversity. But the “Pride Gran Canaria” (its official name) is not the only Pride on the island! The capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, also holds a Pride that complements the one in Maspalomas and is organised by the local community “Gamá”. If you miss the original spirit of such an event, you’ll want to experience this one: culture, education, and the defence of the most invisible within the community… In other cities, this spirit of protest has lost some of its importance. This, perhaps, is what has distanced part of our community from this event. If you’re not so interested in the big ”commercial” Prides such as the one in Madrid or Maspalomas, just give the one in Las Palmas a chance. I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The 2015 edition finished a short time ago and the balance is very positive. Apart from the Pride itself, visitors to Las Palmas enjoyed a week of workshops, exhibitions, theatre, pop concerts and a free outdoor leisure area right in the centre (Santa Catalina Park) with a bar, DJs, and continual shows. Personally, the best performance for me was “The Sixth Sense” with Joel Angelino (from “Strawberry and Chocolate”) and the show entitled “OrganicPlanet”, which was performed in the street. I also found the representation of the role of women during Franco’s time very interesting.

As you can see, the Las Palmas Pride is more of a cultural and fun festival, which, each year, focuses on a specific theme: in 2015, the “T” in our acronym was the title of the event, “TLGB Pride” of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. So, as well as being a get-together for parents of transsexual guys and girls, the programme included a fun Drag School for children. Can you imagine something like that in your city? Possibly not, and this is because our TLGB Pride is the perfect excuse for discovering one of the most open and tolerant cities in Europe – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. We’ll be waiting to see you in June 2016!

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