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Exclusive: Memorial to LGBT People Dedicated by Barcelona Mayor

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Story and Photos by WILL SHANK

Guestblogger Will Shank lived many years in San Francisco, where his day job was head of conservation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and he is widely published on matters of culture, art and how to take care of it. He married his husband, American sculptor U.B. Morgan, in Barcelona, where the couple and their daughter Anastasia have lived since 2006.

You can visit him online at WillShank.com.

On Sunday morning, March 20, Mayor Jordi Hereu of Barcelona dedicated a granite triangle framed in pink in the city's central Ciutadella Park. The location was a compromise after the Roman Catholic church raised a ruckus over the proposed installation of the memorial in the immediate vicinity of Antoní Gaudi's famed Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, which is also the city's number one tourist attraction.  

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In a dignified ceremony under sunny skies in front of hundreds of supporters, the mayor spoke of the history of Barcelona as a haven for persecuted groups and individuals, and for the city's respect for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.

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Hereu, speaking to members of the press.

Only Amsterdam has a similar such visible statement, literally carved in stone, among gay-friendly European cities.

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The triangular slab slants slightly upward toward the observer, with an inscription in Catalan that reads, "In memory of the gays, lesbians and transexual persons who have suffered persecution and repression throughout history, Barcelona 2011."

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After the ceremony, which featured show tunes in several languages from the local gay men's chorus, (all dressed in black except for their boas, in one ABBA number), local GLBT groups left bunches of flowers around the monument, whose resemblance to a tombstone was hardly coincidental.

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Correction:  The author inadvertently overlooked the many European monuments to the queer victims of the holocaust in Europe in Berlin, Frankfurt, the Hague, and in several other European cities, as well as the sites of concentration camps.  Thanks to all of the sharp readers who pointed them out!


Barcelona to Erect Monument to LGBT People, May be Located Next to Famous Gaudi 'Sagrada Familia' Basilica

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In two months, Barcelona will unveil a monument to LGBT people persecuted throughout history, it announced on Thursday, and said it is considering a location next to one of the city's most iconic holy sites — Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Basilica.

AFP reports:

Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the city's emblematic Antonio Gaudi-designed church last month as hundreds of gays and lesbians staged a mass "kiss-in" to protest the Roman Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality.

A statement from the city hall Thursday said the monument would be unveiled in February.

It said the inscription will read "In memory of the gays, lesbians and transsexual people who have suffered persecution and repression throughout history. Barcelona 2011."

Such a tribute has been demanded for some years by Spain's LGTB gay rights association, the statement said.

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200 Gays And Lesbians Hold 'Kiss-in' In Front Of Pope

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It happened today as the Pope drove by a large crowd in Barcelona in his "Popemobile." The 'kiss-in' was held to protest the homophobic stance of the Pope and Catholic Church. The CBC reports:

About 200 people protested against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday by jeering and staging a gay "kiss-in." The protest by gays and lesbians took place as Benedict was being driven in his bullet-proof popemobile to celebrate mass at the city's iconic basilica, La Sagrada Familia (Holy Family).

The Pope did not react to the gay-kiss demonstration near the church, and the protesters were outnumbered by thousands of flag-waving supporters of the pontiff.

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Video of the protests by LGBT activists, AFTER THE JUMP.

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George Michael Shocks on First Tour in 15 Years

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George Michael opened his first concert tour in 15 years in Barcelona Saturday night, and refused to complete the 23-song set without making a political statement.

Michael_1During his rendition of "Shoot the Dog", an anti-war song that mocks the relationship between George Bush and Tony Blair, an enormous inflatable figure of Bush appeared from a door in the stage. To the delight of the crowd, Michael went to unzip the pants of the figure and a giant inflatable English bulldog emblazoned with the Union Jack popped out. The bulldog appeared to be fellating the American President.

Below is a ten-minute clip of the Barcelona concert, and at approximately 4:55 you can see the irreverent scene begin. Michael appears to be in spirited form.

It's a return, finally, to music for the singer, whose July escapades on Hampstead Heath made news across the globe. Following a string of tabloid reports that placed a stoned Michael behind the wheel of his Range Rover, the singer was caught by paparazzi after an alleged sexual encounter with a man named Norman Kirtland on London's Hampstead Heath. Michael went on to defend charges that because of the incident, his partner Kenny Goss had broken off their engagement. He also announced that he would sue the tabloids that exposed him.

It's nice to see Michael in the news again without his pants down.

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