Rivas-Vaciamadrid

History

Mujeres Abolicionistas de Rivas were active on Twitter in 2020 calling attention to a number of issues facing biological women in Spain. One issue they drew attention to several times was how lesbians were being made invisible inside the LGBT movement in Spain as a whole specifically because of their sex. They repeated their view that trans activism is lesbophobic.

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Calle Victoria Kent is a street in the town named after Victoria Kent, a lesbian and one of the first of three women elected to the Congreso de Diputados in the Second Spanish Republic. She was also the first women in the world to represent someone before a military tribunal. Unlike some of her contemporaries, she gained fame for opposing universal suffrage because she believed women’s votes would be too easily swayed by men in their lives.

Calle Rosa Chacel is a street located in the town. It is named after the writer Rosa Chacel, who was born in Valladolid on 3 June 1898. A member of the Generación del 27, she would write her autobiography Acrópolis which discussed being a lesbian in Spain in the 1920s.

Calle Margarita Xirgu is a street in the town named after the early 20th century actress Margarita Xirgu. She was born on 18 June 1888 in Molins de Rei, Catalonia, went on to play an important role in the Círculo Sáfico de Madrid and served as a muse for Federico García Lorca before being forced into exile because of the events of the Civil War.

Calle de Carmen Laforet is a street located in the town named after the writer Carmen Laforet. Laforet was an important writer contributing to the body of lesbian literary canon during and after the Franco era. While her sexuality is unknown, she had a deep and personal relationship with tennis player Lilí Álvarez and maintained a social circle that included many known and suspected lesbians. Her 1945 Nadal prize winning novel Nada is considered a piece of class Spanish literature.

Asociacion Libertad y Accion Por Los Derechos De Lesbianas – Gays – Transexuales y Bisexuales, located at Calle Apolo 2 BJ 5, was founded in March 2007. Its mission was to promote the rights of LGTB people in the city.

La Casa+Grande, located at Calle Suiza, 2, is a unicipal owned concert and event hall. The space also has rooms for associations to use for their activities. In early 2020, Fundación Triángulo hosted an exhibition there called Herstóricas lesbianas y trans. The exposition focused on the history of lesbian, bisexual women and transwomen in professional roles including writers, activists, athletes, police offers. It also provided a critique of the use of masculine nouns as the default in the Spanish language. The expo was later suspended as a result of covid-19 confinement leading to the facility being closed.

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