By Deirdre Tynan • 02 July 2021 • 16:55
Jose Vincente Aguilar's campaign poster.
Image: VOX Burjassot / Facebook
A Vox councillor surprised his colleagues by coming out during a zoom meeting and defending his party as tolerant.
Burjassot councillor Jose Vincente Aguilar told a plenary session held on June 29 that he was gay and that calling Vox a “macho and homophobic” party was untrue.
The revelation came as Aguilar towed the party line and voted against signing the ‘Institutional Declaration of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) for the celebration of the International Day of LGTBI Pride’.
“Your party thinks of an ideal of very macho men who on a day like today must be writhing in their chairs,” said the councillor for social welfare, Yolanda Andres.
Councillor Aguilar’s reply stunned his colleagues.
“You don’t have to be heterosexual to belong in Vox. I invite you to my house one day to meet my husband and then discuss my sexual orientation,” he said.
“The Constitution already reflects in its article 14 that all Spaniards are equal before the law,” he continued.
“We are not against gay, transsexual, bisexual or heterosexual people. We are against the beach bars that are set up to get votes, and that is what you do,” he said to Andres.
According to ABC, Aguilar’s family knew he was gay but he had not felt the need to reveal it to is political party colleagues in Vox.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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