The reform of the “Ley de vagos y maleantes” (“Vagrancy Act”) declared homosexuality illegal, equating it with procuring. The text of the law declares. This is a list of notable events in the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) The reform of the “Ley de vagos y maleantes” ( “Vagrancy Act”) declared homosexuality illegal, equating it with procuring. The text of the. The present Ley sobre Vagos y Maleantes, Law of Vagrants and Crooks, which dates from , permits the administrative detention for up to.
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This is a list of notable events in the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights that took place in Spain. Homosexuality was highly illegal under the dictatorship of Francisco Francowith laws against homosexual activity vigorously enforced and gays being imprisoned in large numbers.
LGBT history in Spain
The reform of the “Ley de vagos y maleantes” “Vagrancy Act”  declared homosexuality illegal, equating it with procuring. The text of the law declares that the measures in it “are not proper punishments, but mere security measures, set with a doubly preventive end, with the purpose of collective guarantee and the aspiration of correcting those subjects fallen to the lowest levels of morality.
Maleanntes law is not intended to punish, maleantex to correct and reform”. However, gagos way the law was applied was clearly punitive and arbitrary: The law was repealed in This was a common practice untilwhen Franco’s regime gave way to the current constitutional democracy, but in the early 70s gay prisoners were overlooked by political activism in favour of more “traditional” political dissenters.
Some gay activists deplore the fact that, even today, reparations have not been made.
However, in the s clandestine gay scenes began to emerge 19544 Barcelonaan especially tolerant city under Franco’s regime, and in the countercultural centers of Ibiza and Sitges a town in the province of Barcelona, Cataloniathat remains a highly popular gay tourist destination. Attitudes in greater Spain began to change with the return to democracy after Franco’s death through a cultural movement known as La movida.
This movement, along vgaos growth of the gay rights movement in the rest of Europe and the Western world was a large factor in making Spain today one of Europe’s most socially tolerant people. For we counsel well for the benefit of our people and our country, when we take measures to utterly extirpate the crimes of wicked men, and put an end to the evil deeds of vice.
For this reason we shall attempt to abolish the horrible crime of sodomy, which is as contrary to Divine precept as it is to chastity.
And although the authority of the Holy Maleqntesand the censure of earthly laws, alike, prohibit offences of this kind, it is nevertheless necessary to condemn them by a new decree; lest if timely correction be deferred, still greater vices may arise.
Therefore, we establish by this law, that if any man whosoever, of any age, or race, whether he belongs to the clergy, or to the laity, should be convicted, by competent evidence, of the commission of the crime of sodomyhe shall, by order of the king, or of any judge, not only suffer emasculationbut also the penalty prescribed by ecclesiastical decree for such offences, and promulgated in the third year of our reign. Retrieved 20 January Retrieved 11 February Retrieved November 15, LGBT history in Europe.