The LGTBI flag flies, now, permanently in the Plaza de Pedro Zerolo in the Chueca neighborhood, thus complying with the proposal of the Madrid City Council once the works on the site that caused the temporary disappearance of the banner after its inauguration.
This flag is the first fixed mast with the LGTBI flag in the capital as a "reference and guarantor of freedoms, not only for Madrid, but from Madrid for the whole world," the Global Diverse Association, promoter of the initiative, points out in a statement. .
On September 28, 2021, the Plenary Session of the City Council approved placing an LGTBI flag in Plaza Zerolo, in the Chueca neighborhood, and erecting a statue to remember all the people in this group who have been persecuted for their sexual orientation and identity. of genre.
The symbol was placed in a form on October 24, in an act framed by the United Nations Day. But that same day it was removed until the works in the Plaza de Pedro Zerolo were finished, which led to angry criticism from the opposition.
After the controversy, Juan Martin Boll, president of the Global Diverse Association, highlighted "the importance of this act, which is not only symbolic; it is an example of society's commitment to diversity" and demonstrates -he says- the commitment of the capital "with the freedoms and the different affective realities".
Asked about the issue, the deputy mayor of Madrid, Begoña Villacís (Cs) has pointed out that Chueca reflects the "equality, freedom and welcome" of the city of Madrid and has been "proud" that the flag is already flying permanently.
In this sense, he has said that the Pedro Zerolo square is the "heart of tolerance" that is now expressed in the symbol and has valued the role of Citizens when approving the measure in the plenary session of the Madrid City Council.