Ciudad Universitaria


Universidad Complutense de Madrid, located at Avenida de Séneca, 2, is one of the largest public universities in Madrid. It was founded in 1822 as Universidad de Madrid. Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales y Transexuales de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (RQTR) was founded in 1994. Among the students and teachers who attended the university was Franco era writer Carmen Laforet, Marina Mayoral Díaz, a writer and columnist from Galicia who got her doctorate at the university before going on to teach there, writer, poet and essayist María Castrejón who attended in the 1970s, sports journalist Paloma del Río, and Lucía Etxebarria Asteinza who while not a lesbian contributed to Spanish lesbian literary canon. Boti Garcia Rodrigo also attended, getting a degree in Philosophy and Letters. Empar Pineda enrolled there in 1964 but was banned from attending because of her anti-regime activity. Azucena Vieites was an art professor there in the 2010s and 2020s. Fefa Vila was a student there and also taught queer studies as a professor of sociology.

La Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, located at Plaza de Ramón y Cajal, s/n, is next to the facultades de Odontología y Farmacia, and shares the same building as the La Facultad de Enfermería, Fisioterapia y Podología.  The faculty was created in 1854, after the medical sciences were split into medicine and pharmacy.  Two Spanish nobel prize winners have come out of the faculty,   Severo Ochoa and Santiago Ramón y Cajal. III Jornadas Feministas Estatales. Juntas y a por todo took place in Madrid in December 1993 at the La Facultad de Medicina.  Lesbianas Sin Duda held a workshop at the jornada called “Sexo seguro y bollero”.

Clínica Isadora, located at Calle de los Pirineos, 7, was founded in 1985 as a facility to provide women in the city with a peaceful and relaxing setting to have an abortion. It is affiliated with public health in Madrid. It provides a range of reproductive health services for women beyond abortions. Empar Pineda, co-founder of the Colectivo de Feministas Lesbianas de Madrid, started working that the clinic in 1993, and continued working there even after her retirement.

Arcopoli_UPM, located at Avenida Juan de Herrera, 4, is a branch of Arcopoli based at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The branch has been around since at least 2007 and was still active in 2021, with events specifically tailored for the new covid-19 reality. While catering to the whole rainbow, they have not had as much lesbian programming or lesbian leadership compared to other groups.


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