The new LGBTI Centre opens as a pioneering space for sexual and gender diversitySaturday saw the opening of the Barcelona LGBTI Centre, a pioneering facility at the forefront of LGBTI matters in the city. Besides offering information, orientation and direct support services, the centre will also give a voice to artistic expression and collective action.
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The Barcelona LGBTI Centre opened on Saturday with an open day packed with activities, with something for everyone.
Various musical performances, children’s workshops and artistic activities were organised throughout the day, inviting reflection on personal identity, the creation of community and historical memory
A facility for sexual and gender diversity
The Barcelona LGBTI Centre is located at C/ Comte Borrell, 22, and is intended as an open and inclusive space, connected to the reality of the local neighbourhood.
The centre offers information, orientation and direct support services, with specialists in psychology, social work, law, health, community management and other areas to guarantee comprehensive support for users.
It also has its own protocol to tackle aggressions and LGBTI-phobia and will be working in coordination with municipal services such as the Office for Non-Discrimination, the Social Emergency and Urgent Care Centre and the prosecutor’s office for hate crimes and discrimination.
Culture and awareness programme
The centre also wants to be a space for artistic expression and stand up for the historical memory of the LGBTI movement, a place where the long struggle by the community to get their rights recognised is reflected.
To this end, it will also be hosting exhibitions, discussion cycles, lectures, debates, performing arts displays, screenings and reading clubs.
An annual event will also be held with experts from academic spheres and the civil society coming together to focus on a current issue or topic of interest to the LGBTI community.
The Platform for LGBTI Entities in Catalonia, the federation bringing together various organisations standing up for LGBTI rights, will manage the centre and use its experience and volunteers to help it thrive.
Over 1,200 square metres of multi-purpose space
The LGBTI Centre is a multi-purpose facility with over 1,254 square metres of floor space. It includes a reception and information area, a display area with a regular programme open to the general public, an auditorium with a capacity for a hundred people, a health area and a family area, as well as five rooms for meetings, advice sessions, training and workshops.
The facility is also a point of reference for LGBTI entities in the city, some of which will be based there.