Cervera del Río Alhama

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Cervera del Río Alhama is a town with a population of around 2,300 people located at the foot of the Sierra de Alcarama. While the exact year the town was founded is unclear, it is mentioned in the historical record for the first time in 942 when it was called Cervaria. The town became part of La Rioja in February 1196 following a meeting by the kings of three Spanish kingdoms, Alfonso II “el casto” de Aragón, Sancho VII “el fuerte” de Navarra and Alfonso VIII “el noble” de Castilla, in the nearby Valverde. The town’s population in modern times peaked in 1950 when it had 7,475 residents.

History

José Manuel Salvador, from Cervera del Río Alhama, and Raúl Jiménez, from Bedmar, Jaén took place in the first symbolic same-sex wedding in Navarra in the democratic Spanish period, with the wedding taking place on 13 November 2004 at the Francisco Arbeloa’ school in Azagra where they lived together. On 30 October 2004, Izquierda Unida had passed a bill that allowed the town hall to perform symbolic marriages between gays and lesbians. A year or so after their wedding, the couple moved to Tudela. [1]

Starting in the 2013, women from Cervera del Río Alhama began efforts to participate in the male only La Gaita dance that takes place on the first day of the Santa Ana festival on 24, 25 and 26 July. The women dressed the same way as the men, have distributed purple ribbons to let others know of their struggle to participate, and have tried to respectfully dance in the final section when children and veterans are asked to join in. But when they do, the music has often stopped as the men did not want them to participate, a situation that continued to exist in 2018. The men have tried to insist that efforts by these women fighting for women’s rights were really because they were lesbians, that the women are “marimachos” and that they should “go eat each other’s penises”.[2] The women have insisted that sexual orientation has nothing to do with their demand for women’s rights.[3]

Works Cited

rioja2. (2018, July 25). “Hoy hemos sentido mucho apoyo aunque también ha habido algún empujón, zancadillas e insultos”. rioja2. Retrieved from https://rioja2.com/n-122430-2-hoy-hemos-sentido-mucho-apoyo-aunque-tambien-ha-habido-algun-empujon-zancadillas-e-insultos/

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] Spanish: “iros a comer el pene unas a otras”

[3] (rioja2, 2018)

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