Barcelona bus raises issue of homophobia
Authorities in the Barcelona suburb of Sant Boi de Llobregat have launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness about the town’s sexual diversity featuring a series of questions on its municipal buses such as “Meat or fish?”, “Sweet or savoury?” and “Blue or pink?”
The Sant Boi’s initiative coincides with the outrage in Madrid which we reported earlier this month. There a bus chartered by bigoted Catholic group Hazte Oír plastered with the transphobic message “Boys have penises, girls have vulvas. Don’t let them fool you. If you’re born a man, you’re a man. If you’re a woman, you will continue to be so” was paraded through the streets of the Spanish capital until it was quickly impounded in a car park by the council.
The Mayor of Sant Boi Lluisa Moret has noted that this campaign has nothing to do with the Hazte Oir controversial campaign. “We want a town that is free of sexual discrimination”, she said.
She also said that the awareness campaign had been five months in the planning.
“It may seem as though [the campaign] was done deliberately [in response], but that is not the case” she said at a press conference to launch the initiative, pointing out that this wasn’t the first time that a municipal bus had been used to raise awareness about social issues and that this time around, a website (www.santboiesdiversa.cat) had also been created to encourage people to report discrimination and hostility toward people on the basis of their sexual identity.
She added that as well as encouraging people to report gender-based discrimination or hate speech on the council’s website, she expected a big response “in the schools and sport establishments.”