Valencia del Ventoso

Valencia del Ventoso is a municipality of around 1,900 people. Traditionally, it was called El Cañuelo before being known by Valencia del Barrial before changing its name again to its present name.

History

Valencia del Ventoso played host to a traveling exhibition in the early 2020s titled, “Stories of Resistance” organized by Fundación Triángulo Extremadura in collaboration with the Agencia Extremeña de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AEXCID). The exhibit told the stories of LGBTI people in Extremadura and the surrounding provinces fleeing persecution of homosexuality. One of the stories featured was that of a lesbian who fled El Salvador after her sexual orientation led to persecution in her local barrio near the capital.

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Ayuntamiento de Valencia del Ventoso, located at Plaza de España, 1, is the local town hall and government office. On 9 July 2021, Valencia del Ventoso joined the Red Extremeña de Pueblos contra la LGBTIfobia via an institutional act of the town hall. The town had renamed their Salón Cultural after gay rights pioneer Pedro Zerolo and as part of their celebration of joining the fight against LGTBIphobia, they also unveiled a mural honoring transwomen Sylvia Rivera. They had no similar murals or places named after Spanish lesbian activists, and unlike other towns, had no roads named after famous Spanish women who happened to be lesbian.

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