España Sáfica

The history of all things lesbian in Madrid and Spain. The events, women, books, films and history that define us in all the different regions of Spain. If you ever had a doubt, lesbians have always been here and we will be here.

Other regions of Spain

Andalucía, Aragon, Asturias, Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Castilla – La Mancha, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Navarre, Region of Murcia, Comunitat Valenciana


Lesbians and the Inquisition

              The Christian Church in Spain had long been interested in the history of homosexual acts, dating back to a Church Council held from 305 to 306 in Elvira, modern day Granada, though the focus was almost exclusively on men. Among other issues, the council discussed the issue of sodomy. It was one of the…

Lesbians and the [Spanish] Inquisition in Madrid

While ample documentation exists in some Inquisition Tribunals related to lesbians, comparatively little exists in relation to Madrid. The reasons for this are a bit unclear, with María Jesús Torquemada, a professor in the Departamento de Historia del Derecho y las Instituciones at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, offering a few explanations related to her work…

Spanish communists intersections with lesbians (women + LGTB)

This is a quick history of Partido Comunista’s intersections with lesbians, and to a lesser extent the broader LGTB movement in Spain since the party’s founding in 1921 by the youth movement inside PSOE.  This was cobbled together from existing material in other pieces, with some quickly written text for additional context.  It is possible…

Lesbian geographies in Madrid: Pride vs. HIV / AIDS vs. sports

              Geography, for lesbians and other members of the collective, has the potential to shape our sexual identities, our sexual practices, our sense of community, our political objectives related to our orientation and sex.  It can mean in some places, it is easier to come out of the closet and be safe while in other…


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When I am older, or very old, I will not forget this song of the Vacation. […]

Under the sun and without a coat, with my friend, with my friend.

Gloria Fuertes

Amazing Madrid lesbians include but are not limited to Gloria Fuertes, Lilí Álvarez, Ángeles Álvarez Álvarez, Isabel de Borbón-Parma, Carmen de Burgos, Elena de Céspedes, Laura del Río, Mapi León and Empar Pineda Erdozia.

About España Lésbica

After three years of research, España Sáfica was created to share the Spain’s lesbian history, to make our history visible so it can more easily be shared.

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