Motril to become the Costa Tropical’s first openly LGBT-friendly town

RAINBOW TOWN: Mayor Flor Almon (third from right) and councillors show their support for the LGBT community.

MOTRIL could become the first Costa Tropical council to approve a municipal plan against homophobia and transphobia on Thursday (July 30).
The local government team has put forward a proposal, supported by the Andalucian ARCO IRIS Federation for LGBT rights, to have the town council commit to pursuing actions which foster inclusion and respect towards diversity.
Amongst the measures are the creation of an LGBT centre, which will give support to the teachers and students in Motril schools, and assist the integration of alternative family structures as well as well as raise awareness of these issues in retirement homes.
This municipal plan would also include training of municipal police as well as sports centre facilities on the regulations regarding non-discriminative behaviours and crimes of hatred and discrimination.
Other measures include increasing the visibility of municipal and council workers who would want to openly come out as homosexual, to encourage others to feel supported to do the same.
“Rights of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transsexual individuals are in need of support. According to Amnesty International, rights of LGBT people are constantly stepped on in places closer than we think,” said Social Services councillor, Gregorio Morales. “We want Motril to be a role model for tolerance and respect.”
During the next 12 months, the local government team is to launch 14 measures in each different council department, to achieve a more united society and a greater respect for affective, sexual and gender diversity.

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