TORREMOLINOS’ Picasso Centre has screened films promoting sexual diversity.
The second ever LGTB movie festival, organised by Andalucia Diversidad and Colega, was supported by the town’s council.
Antonio Ferre, president of the Andalucian Federation of LGBT Associations, explained, “It is about taking another year to citizens a sample of a diverse and quality cinema, with interesting films and different themes that show the sexual diversity existing in our days.”
The four-day event saw British, Clilean, Argentine and Spanish films played, offering”diverse and interesting arguments and different visions.” Santiago Rubio, president of Colega, explained, “With this second edition, as we did in the first, we want to highlight the importance of the collective in the cultural sphere, as in all areas of life. It is a sample of great quality that we are sure will captivate the public.”
Meanwhile, in October Torremolinos opened its first LGBTI information point.The council-run initiative, which has the support of the Andalucian Rainbow Federation, will offer information to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex people. Advice will also be available for workers including teachers and police officers.
Open from Monday to Friday in the Department for Social Empowerment, the centre will be staffed by two people who were given training by the Andalucian Rainbow Federation. Councillor for Equality and Social Empowerment, Aida Blanes, explained, “the measure is part of our plan for equality and for training the council’s staff.”
Meanwhile, Mijas Council last month held its first diversity conference to support the LGTBI community.
The event, which aimed to “move forward in terms of diversity,” brought together groups from across the province and Andalucia to learn how public bodies should deal with LGTBI people.
Mari Carmen Carmona, Councillor for Equality, explained, “the main objective of the department is to draw attention to those people who suffer hate crimes because they have a different sexual orientation or because they were born with a gender that does not belong to them.”
The same council also organised an event to teach local police about dealing with hate crimes. The course was designed to “improve the knowledge and treatment of people who suffer from these types of crimes and teach the state security forces how to deal with them,” according to the council.
The mayor for Equality, Mari Carmen Carmona explained the initiative, which is particularly aimed at crimes against the LGTBIQ community, was created in collaboration with the Andalucian Rainbow Federation, whose president, Gonzalo Serrano, was in charge of teaching the classes.