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40 Percent of All the Hate Crimes in Spain Last Year Targeted Gays

Spain's interior ministry revealed some disturbing statistics on hate crimes on Tuesday, revealing that 40 percent of bias crimes reported in 2014 targeted gays and lesbians, AFP reports:

SpainThere were a total of 513 hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation or sexual identity reported to police in 2014, a 13.5 percent increase over the previous year, the ministry said in a report. The vast majority of the victims, 72 percent, were women.

Hate crimes motivated by race accounted for 37 percent of last year's tally, while those that targeted disabled people accounted for 15.5 percent. The total number of hate crimes reported last year was 9.6 percent higher than the figure for 2013, the first year Spain collected figures.

The agency attributed the rise to more people feeling comfortable in coming forward, and better record-keeping.


Spanish Television Host Sandra Barneda Comes Out On Air: VIDEO

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Spanish author and television personality Sandra Barneda revealed that she's in a relationship with another woman on one of her shows Wednesday reports On Top MagazineBarneda is a co-host on the Telecinco political show Un Tiempo Nuevo (A New Time) and talk show Hable Con Ellas (Talk With Women), on which gay Spanish actress and Miss Spain 2013 Patricia Yurena has appeared before.

On Wednesday's show Barneda was asked to answer questions posed to beauty pageant contestants. José Corbacho, a Spanish comedian dressed in drag, asked Barneda "If there was a nuclear holocaust, what couple, man and woman, would you choose to preserve and multiply the human species?" Barneda delivered a cheeky answer.

Said Barneda:

"My partner, who is a woman and I won't tell you her name, and the most handsome and fertile guy on Earth."

Barneda is the first Spanish television host to come out, and former Hable Con Ellas guest Patricia Yurena came out earlier this year on Instagram as the first openly gay active national beauty queen.

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Gay Couple Attacked By Neo-Nazi Gang In Madrid

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A gay couple were attacked by a group of ten neo-Nazis in Madrid, Spain on Friday, reports TheLocal.es.

The couple - aged 17 and 23 - were attacked by nine men and one woman dressed in black neo-Nazi attire. The attackers also reportedly asked if the two men were "fags" or "fascists". The 17-year-old was hospitalized with bruising to the back of the neck.

The couple were in Madrid's Temple of Debod district with a friend when the attack occurred.

The two men wish to remain anonymous because they are afraid to speak openly about the attack.

Last week, around 100 protesters staged a kiss-in at a Madrid Burger King after a gay couple was told to leave the restaurant.


Catalonia, Spain Introduces Powerful Hate Crime Law to Protect LGBT People

SpainThe parliament of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain, has passed a law to fight anti-gay violence. Specifically, the law targets attackers of the LGBT community with fine — maximum €14,000 (~$17,500).

Pink News points out that, despite that Spain is one of the gay-friendliest countries in Europe — having same-sex marriage for almost 10 years — this law is a response to a report in July that said the majority of Spain's hate crime in 2014 was motivated by sexual orientation, with 452 identified cases. (All this is not to mention suspicious, recent bar raids by police.)

Opponents of the bill include Spain’s conservative Popular Party, which says the law makes it so the burden of proof will be shifted — that those accused of homophobia will have to prove their innocence.

Said Popular Party spokesperson Dolors López:

Why isn’t there an anti-discrimination law for immigrants or ethnic minorities[...]You can’t come up with a specific law for every group suffering discrimination [...] This law grants the LGBT collective an extraordinary system of protection that other groups don’t enjoy.


Spanish Senator Blames Gays For €1 Trillion National Debt

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Luz Elena Sanin proves that the U.S. has no monopoly on hyperbolic wingnuttery in politics. During a discussion of Spain's national debt, the senator from Ceuta blamed the previous prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero for racking up over €1 trillion with "favors" to the gay community

Sanin didn't elaborate on what, precisely, those favors were, just that the government had been subsidizing homosexuals. Normally this is where the party would circle the wagons and double-down to defend the outrageous statements made by one of their own, but unlike the GOP Sanin's conservative Popular Party wasted no time in distancing themselves from her toxic remarks. MP Francisco Marquez, a Popular Party congressional representative from Ceuta, said Sanin's words in no way reflect the positions of the Popular Party.


Miss Spain Comes Out Via Instagram, Becomes First Openly Gay National Beauty Queen

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Reigning Miss Spain Patricia Yurena posted an intimate photo with her musician girlfriend Vanesa Cortes via Instagram last week, becoming the first openly gay national pageant queen in the process.

Yurena followed up her "Romeo and Juliet" captioned photo with another picture with Cortes on Friday as well as a message thanking fans for their support. 

"I published the picture completely spontaneously and in an impulsive manner. Thank you for all your support," Yurena tweeted.

New York's Daily News adds that Yurena also won the crown in back in 2008 and might be the last national beauty queen from Spain after the company that runs the pageant filed for bankruptcy in 2013. 


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