Arnedo

Alfaro, Anguiano, Arnedo, Calahorra, Cervera, Ezcaray, Haro, Logroño, Nájera, Camero Nuevo, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Camero Viejo

Arnedo s a municipality and city with a population of around 15,000 people, making it the third largest town in La Rioja.  The town was likely founded in the pre-Roman period when it was called Sadacia or Sidacia, meaning “place of sand” with continual Celtiberian settlers in the area from 3000 BCE to 200 CE, only disappearing when the Romans arrived.  The town later was occupied by the Arabs, with a castle being built in the area during that time. Arnedo was granted the title of City by by Rey Felipe IV in 1654. During the Second Republic, it became affiliated with radical leftist anarchists.  In the post Franco period, the local townhall was largely controlled by PSOE except for the period between 2003 and 2015 when Partido Popular was in power.

History

In 2007, there were same-sex couples living together in parts of the region outside Logroño, including in Calahorra, Arnedo and Pradejón.[1] When gays and lesbians in Arnedo wanted to get away and get more social opportunities in 2009, they often headed to Calahorra or Logroño. For young gays and lesbians without a car, this made life very difficult as there were no gay bars or other places where they could be out without fear In 2011, gays and lesbians felt guilty about their sexual orientation, experiencing homophobia on a daily basis if they came out of the closet.

Arndeo, La Rioja did not have any sort of Orgullo celebrations in 2011. It would not have been possible as local homosexuals still feared homophobic aggression in the town against both men and women. Instead, the few mostly gay men went to Madrid to celebrate Pride.

The rainbow flag flew from the Ayuntamiento de Arnedo as part of June 2015 Orgullo celebrations. It was also flown at the town’s PSOE headquarters. [2] The rainbow flag was raised at the Centro Joven in Arnedo on 28 June 2020 in honor of Orgullo 2020. Prior to that, the Consejo de la Juventud de Arnedo met at the Palacio de la Baronesa to prepare to deliver the flag. Many of the people attending the ceremony in both an official capacity and as guests were women.

xaffair.net is a relationship site for people looking to cheat founded in 2019 that includes a section for gays and lesbians. The site has a history of putting up fake profiles which message people, with the goal of encouraging people to buy their premium service. It is unclear how often this happens in Spain or with lesbian members. There was only one lesbian listed as seeking partners from Arnedo in May 2022, and that was a 25-year-old.

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Ayuntamiento de Arnedo, located at Plaza Nuestra Señora de Vico, 14, is the local town hall and government offices. The rainbow flag flew from the Ayuntamiento de Arnedo as part of June 2015 Orgullo celebrations. [3]

The Gabinete de Alcaldía, located at Plaza Nuestra Señora de Vico, 14 – 2º planta, was the location of the reading of the town’s 2019 Orgullo manifesto. on 28 June. Lesbians were only mentioned once in the manifesto, and what was as part of the collective. Sexual orientation was mentioned five ties, while gender identity was mentioned four times.

PSOE Arnedo, located at Plaza Nuestra Señora de Vico, 5A, is the location of the local offices of Partido Socialista Obrero Español. The rainbow flag was flown at the offices in June 2015 as part of local Orgullo celebrations. [4]

Centro Joven in Arnedo, located at P.º de la Constitucion, 60 bis, is the local youth center.  The center offers workshops and other activities, as well as serving as a general meeting place, for young people in the town. The rainbow flag was raised at the Centro Joven in Arnedo on 28 June 2020 in honor of Orgullo 2020. Prior to that, the Consejo de la Juventud de Arnedo met at the Palacio de la Baronesa to prepare to deliver the flag. Many of the people attending the ceremony in both an official capacity and as guests were women.

Palacio de la Baronesa, located at Plaza de la Constitucion, 62, is a local arts center and home to the city’s tourist office.  The building was constructed in 1901, with the name coming from Baronesa de Benasque, Blanca de Olózaga y Ruiz who lived there. The building was rehabilitated and converted to an arts center in the 1980s, with final work on the project completed in 2000. The Consejo de la Juventud de Arnedo met at the Palacio de la Baronesa to prepare to deliver the flag as part of 2020 Orgullo celebrations.

Bibliography

EFE. (2015, June 29). «Que no haya gente escondida». La Rioja. Retrieved from https://www.larioja.com/la-rioja/201506/28/haya-gente-escondida-20150628210945.html

Sainz Jimenez, S. (2007, July 13). Veinte parejas gays se han casado en La Rioja desde la aprobación de la ley «Ya nadie se sorprende». La Rioja. Retrieved from https://www.larioja.com/prensa/20070713/rioja_region/veinte-parejas-gays-casado_20070713.html


[1] (Sainz Jimenez, 2007)

[2] (EFE, 2015)

[3] (EFE, 2015)

[4] (EFE, 2015)

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