Jaraíz de la Vera

Jaraíz de la Vera is a town in the northeast of the province with a population of around 6,500 people, making it the largest in the La Vera area.  The town dates to the Moorish period.  The town appeared to be populated by 1218, and then repopulated in 1254.  By 1494, there were 500 people living in the town, of which a large number were Jews who had their own quarter, located adjacent to the Moorish quarter.

History

FanCineGay organized the showing of the lesbian themed movie, Carmen y Lola, in a number of towns in late 2018 and early 2019, including in Almendralejo, Miajadas, Jaraíz de la Vera, Cabeza del Buey, Herrera del Duque and Villanueva de la Serena.

Unidas por Jaraíz’s May 2019 municipal election platform included a section on integration, equality and LGBTI.  Lesbians were never mentioned as a specific group in this section.  Their general platform as it related to women  including a council for women to carry out equality programming and work on projects like combatting gender violence. It also included creating a job search service for women, organizing a campaign against the sexual objectification of women, developing school activities to promote non-sexist values, and supporting feminist organizations and associations. As it related to lesbians in the LGTBI community, their platform including developing a public municipal campaign to make affective-sexual diversity, gender identity and gender expression visible, to raise awareness about LGTBI people, to network with other associations, to provide LGTBI cinema events, and to report any LGTBI abuse or discrimination.

See

Casa de Cultura, located on Avenida de Joaquín Ruíz Jiménez, is a government run exhibition space and performing arts center. Extremadura Entiende hosted the short film showing called Cortometrajes Mujeres LTBI+ on 17 August 2021 at the Casa de Cultura.

Teatro Cine Avenida, located at Avenida de Yuste, 31, is a local movie theater that has been around since at least 2016, re-opening that year after having been closed for some time.  The movie theater re-opening meant movie goers did not need to go to Plasencia to see a film.  The theater was small though, with only one room for screenings.  The theater showed The Handmaiden, a 2016 Korean South Korean erotic psychological thriller inspired by the 2002 novel Fingersmith.  It featured lesbian erotica on screen, some of which was criticized for being for the male gaze. In October 2021, the theater showed Benedetta, a film based on a trip story about a 17th-century Italian nun who eventually has a romantic love affair with another woman.

Stay

Casa Rural La Casona, located at Finca Valvellidos, s/n – Carretera Jaraiz – Navalmoral, Km. 15, is a three star rural guesthouse in the area. The I Concurso de Relatos Cortos Lésbicos was held on 22 July 2017 at the Casa Rural La Casona.  The lesbian short story contest winners ceremony featured the presentation of the book, “Fresas en Almibar” by María José D. Lucas.  The event was organized by LGTB Blog Les y otras hierbas in collaboration with children’s clothing shop Bendita Kanalla, FELGTB and La Casaon.  The short story contest itself was open from 7 May to 7 July. Spanish collaborators for the event included Marta Catalá, María José Díe, Clara Asunción Garcia, Marta Garzás, Erika Hav and Mari Ropero.

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