Commemorating IDAHOT – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia


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The Council will inaugurate the Plaza Memorial Pedro Zerolo on May 17th at 6.30pm
Adeje Council are planning a number of events to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17. One of the key events will be the naming of the Plaza Memorial Pedrro Zerolo which is in the small park along Calle Tinerfe El Grande, near the Adeje post office and health centre. Pedro Zerolo was a political activist, from Venezuela, who studied here in Tenerife before moving to Madrid. There he became a member of the federal executive PSOE, and was a huge contributor to the debate on sexual diversity and equality. He died in 2015 from cancer.

In parallel the Council, through the department of health, quality of life and politics of equality, is putting in place a plan to raise local awareness, with a course for borough personnel on the integration of sexual identity and behaviour diversity in municipal politics. Students and staff in the local secondary schools (4th year) will also take part in workshops designed to prevent homophobic and transphobic attitudes. Both of these courses will be directed by sociology expert Patricia Ojeda.

“We want to continue to advance in the promotion of equality and so it’s necessary to re-emphasis our support for all of the collectives in our society, among them those representing persons who are lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual, inter-sexual and queer – LGBTQ”, explained the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga. He added that the duty of the local administration was to promote equal opportunities which was why it was “introducing these campaigns to prevent, denounce and eradicate any kind of discrimination”.

Other activities in the programme include a free showing on Thursday May 19 (in Spanish) of ‘The Danish Girl’ in the Adeje Cultural Centre, based on the true life story of Einar Wegener, a transgender pioneer in the 1920s. The film is at 7.30pm, tickets in advance from the Cultural Centre main reception desk.

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