Palma city council displays LGBTQ+ flag

Palma Pride 2024 aims to encourage equality in the city Credit: Palma Pride/fb

Palma City Council has confirmed it will display the rainbow banner on the Cort balcony for Pride Day on June 28.

This announcement comes after a joint proposal from PSOE, Mes per Palma, and Podemos parties urging the council to participate in Pride celebrations and defend the LGBTQ+ community.

The government will not organise an event with LGBTQ+ representatives

The council, led by the PP party, has drawn a distinction between displaying the symbol and actively engaging with the LGBTQ+ community. Councillor for Social Services and Citizen Participation, Lourdes Roca, clarified that while the banner will be hung, the government will not organise an event with LGBTQ+ representatives or have councillors present for the flag-raising ceremony, as occurred under the previous Pacte government.

This decision has sparked some controversy. While the display of the banner is a positive step, critics argue it lacks the sincerity of a more comprehensive approach that includes collaboration with the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, the absence of spotlights for the banner raising, as happened last year, further suggests a muted celebration.

A symbolic minimum?

The coming days will likely see further discussion on the council’s approach to Pride Day. Will the displayed banner be accompanied by other gestures of support for the LGBTQ+ community, or will it stand alone as a symbolic minimum?

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