Recently the Adeje council opened a new service, the first regional office in South Tenerife to attend to the LGBTIQ public in particular. With the Algarabía association and the Red Prisma, the initiative works to meet the demands of this collective, and work to extend the remit to a wider public, improving public services in general for the LGBTIQ members of our society.
The Algarabía office is based in the department of health where other public services such as InfoSex, services for women, the consumers’ office, the oncology service with the Spanish cancer association and other personal attention offices are located.
Health protection councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “this is an important moment for us as we are delighted to add Algarabía public office to our list of services, as people who work with us for the rights of lesbians, gays, transsexuals, bisexuals, inter-sexuals and others. We have given over this office so that the groups can work together to meet their needs and the demands of many people affected, above all offer social services, personalised attention and work to defend the rights of all.”
The decision to locate the office here has relevance too, says the councillor, as it is beside the Plaza Pedro Zerolo, named for a man who worked tirelessly for equality, diversity and social inclusion.
The office will be open to the public on Fridays from 9am – 1pm. Charlie Marrero, president of Algarabía, commented, “The LGBTI collective is one of the groups suffering most discrimination, with our data showing that 17% of those identifying as LGBTI and in secondary school attempting suicide, 40% suffering bullying in school, 85% of transsexuals reporting discrimination in the workplace, and a huge number of incidents and reports of crimes against members of the collective”.
Carmen Lucia Rodríguez del Toro, councillor for equality, underlined the fact that the council has been working in recent years “to give these collectives the tools they need to help in increasing their visibility. This new service will help in bringing the collective together, as well as helping, we believe, their families and the public in general. The collective need a safe space where they can work, propose and discuss ideas and look for solutions. In this way Adeje is looking to advance, and continue to push for inclusion, respect for sexual diversity, and above all work to ensure that people are safe, happy, and respected.”
The Adeje office will also be a data collection point for the south of Tenerife, which in turn will be a tool in the evolution of political strategies for the collective, working to reduce and eradicate LGBTI phobia.
The association president ended by stating that the “Canaries is one of the autonomous regions in Spain where sexual diversity is most accepted and that has been made possible thanks to the work of collectives working alongside the public councils and administrations. Having an office here is vital for the collective because it brings us closer to the people, offering help, and accompanying individuals when and where necessary. In the near future we should be able to establish a system of referrals between town halls, the Prisma network and Algarabía”.
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