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Gay Life in Andalucia

Gay Life in Andalucia Background to Andalucia’s Popularity with
the Gay Traveler The Gay traveler has always had an affiliation
with Spain, and since the countries increasing popularity as a
holiday destination in the 1960′s and ‘70′s, Andalucia’s gay
community has thrived. Not only due to the widely open and
accepting Spanish people, holidays are typically a time when
beliefs and prejudices are put aside and the desire to relax,
unwind and to have a good time doing whatever you do takes over.
Perhaps the fact that people are displaced from their usual
surroundings whilst on holiday, results in the removal of
barriers and stereotypes that they may normally have. Several of
these stereotypes exist around the lifestyles and habits of gay
people, and therefore, rightly or wrongly, it is widely accepted
that the climate, beaches, club culture and shopping facilities
of the Costa del Sol have increased Andalucia’s popularity with
the gay market. Likewise, the trend towards rural tourism and
multi-centre holidays has increased gay travelers awareness of
communities that exist in other significant destinations such as
Cadiz, Seville and Cordoba. Another stereotype revolves around
the notion of the ‘pink pound’ which in the UK refers to the
spending power generated by gay consumers. This group has been
historically assumed to be part of a family unit of just two, is
less likely to have children and thus is more likely to be
professional individuals who have concentrated on their career
rather than their family. It has been concluded that these
individuals are more likely to have greater earning potential
and less daily outgoings upon which to spend. During a time when
Andalucia has seen so much change so rapidly, and where the
Costa del Sol has been considered a fashionable and exclusive
resort, it’s perhaps not surprising that much of this ‘pink’
money has been spent in Andalucia. Gay Marriage A key
influencing figure in the prospect of increased gay settlers in
Andalucia will be the recent legalization of gay marriage, with
Spain being one of a handful of countries that has done so.
Homosexuality was illegal in Spain before 1978, when the
constitution within which it was legalized was agreed. This
acceptance of gay unity as a viable and now legal alternative to
the more traditional one man one woman marriage earned Spain
much notoriety within the Catholic Church where it was still
seen as unacceptable. But, to there credit, Spain decided that
it was the right way to go, and the recognition of gay
relationships in a legal and formal capacity was realized. Gay
Lifestyle Much of gay lifestyle centres around the café/club
culture, and in Andalucia, this is in abundance. Due mainly to
the climate, the café scene thrives where outside and pavement
dinning and socializing is the norm. Licensing laws in Spain
have a larger effect on the gay scene and most clubs stay open
into the early hours of the morning, with few opening much
before 10.00pm. Club life in Andalucia centres around current
music fashions and trends, and most famously amongst the
community, within the Nogalera area of Torremolinos on the Costa
del Sol. Cabaret, which still proves to be an extremely popular
theme in many gay friendly establishments, will be found in any
significant resort, and it’s not unusual to see very colourful
cabaret with a gay or camp undertone even in the smallest of
provincial towns! Support Groups There are several groups
offering support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
people in Andalucia. You can normally find associations within
most large towns and cities, and likewise within the provincial
towns there will be a presence of some description, no matter
how small. Such organizations will help gay people to integrate
into the community, offer help and assistance in most matters,
and give advice about socializing and community groups where you
can meet new friends Information can be obtained from one of the
larger groups, COLEGA (Colectiva de Lesbianas y Gais en
Andalucia) which will be found in all the major cities and on
the internet at http://www.colegaweb.net Conclusion It goes
without saying that the gay community has embraced all that is
on offer in Andalucia and has really made it its own. Admirably,
gay people have utilized and added to the already colourful and
vibrant Andalucia life in a way that other communities have
never even considered. It’s not unusual to assume that the gay
communities’ love of Andalucia will continue to grow, with more
people using the region for holidays, a place to live and work
and to ultimately retire and settle.

More information of living, working and settling in Spain can be
obtained at http://www.acsentra.com Acsentra S.L., Plaza de
España, 41564 – Lora de Estepa, Sevilla, Spain

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