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Love Festival’s Social Agenda focuses on the defence of LGTBIQ+ rights

The Cabildo of La Palma, through the public company Sodepal, focuses on defending the rights of LGTBIQ+ groups during the celebration of the Social Agenda of the Isla Bonita Love Festival.

The president of the Cabildo, Sergio Rodríguez, highlighted during the presentation of the agenda that the Isla Bonita Love Festival, which will take place from July 23 to 27, is a project that goes far beyond music and culture, “as it has been demonstrating with the important social agenda that this event develops and with the values it transmits.”

Sergio Rodríguez emphasized respect for diversity and the defense of freedom so that everyone can be who they want to be and love without labels, something that “takes on even more relevance in these times, and its defense is a commitment of this group that governs the Cabildo insular.” Additionally, the president noted the importance of continuing to highlight the reality faced by people in the community “and the important role that administrations must play in creating spaces to address these situations and being drivers of social change that encompass the society we all seek.”

Sergio Rodríguez recalled that for the development of these social days, it has been essential to have the involvement of associations such as Violetas La Palma, Diversas, Gama, Lánzate, Altyli, and FELGT.

The CEO of Sodepal, Miriam Perestelo, emphasized that this festival serves as a platform to claim equal rights for the LGTBI+ community, in addition to becoming a symbol of struggle and activism in the Canary Islands, inspiring others to defend their rights and raise awareness. Miriam Perestelo indicated that the Social Agenda allows offering a meeting and support space for LGTBI+ people from all the islands, enabling them to connect, share experiences, and create a community.

The presence of role models for the community such as Bob Pop, Carla Antonelli, and Tazarte in a literary gathering, or Azúcar Moreno, Laura Terciado, and Topacio Fresh, helps to give visibility to these awareness-raising spaces. Additionally, Miriam Perestelo explained that there will be spaces to share around gastronomy and others to address island realities, the prevention of hate crimes against the community, the political and social convention, or debates on the challenges of justice in terms of equality.

The councilor also mentioned that the prepared program focuses on the defense of the community’s rights, in addition to generating an economic development space.

The Councilor for Social Welfare and Equality of the Los Llanos de Aridane City Council, Idaira Pérez, emphasized the set of events that “place us at the center of the debate on LGTBIQ+ realities,” stressing that the event is a staunch defense of the rights of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity; “without looking at where you come from or where you are going.”

For her part, the head of the Violetas Collective, Lilith Perestelo, highlighted the support provided by the institutions to develop this event, which values a social week that gives visibility to diverse families and the needs of the community.