# HIV HEROES

VANGARDIST

stand up for what’s important and give

others a chance to follow suit and do

the same. They show us how important

it is to fight for something and lead by

good example. And we need more

people like them! There’s a hero in all

of us. We just have to learn that it’s not

enough to privately donate money every

now and then, but that sometimes

you have to make a statement with

your actions—because other people

are influenced by what we do and say.

Madrid, Center of Liberty

For many years, Barcelona and Madrid,

and Spain in general, have set good

examples in the global fight for a more

liberal world. Every year, more than

two million people visit the famous

Gay Pride in Madrid, and the five-day

festivities that culminate in the final

grand parade are not just a top event

for members of the LGBT community

but for everyone. Yet Spain’s capital

city, Madrid, also shows its liberal

side in everyday life, for example in its

Chueca district, which is not only one

of the trendiest neighbourhoods in

Spain, but also has its own gay quarter

with countless boutiques, cafés, bars,

restaurants and night clubs. The city

also stands out for its brave concepts

in showbiz: At the Gula Gula, drag

queens entertain the audience with

top-notch comedy, shows and an excellent

dinner, while the Teatro Alcalá

is currently showing Priscilla, Queen of

the Desert, a story about three transvestites

on a road trip. So topics like

identity and cultural diversity are omnipresent

here, and the courage people

have shown to express themselves

has definitely paid off.

As an upcoming highlight, in 2017

Madrid will be hosting WorldPride,

for which the city will doubtlessly be

bursting at the seams. And that’s great,

because there can never be too many

heroes in one place, and as long as it’s

for a good cause, who cares if things

get a bit crowded.

Here are a few

sources of inspiration

for your next trip to Spain:

www.esmadrid.com

barcelonaturisme.com

www.spain.info

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines