Proud flags, messages of love and a multitude of colorful props were used during the event on Monday at City Hall, where the public was photographed as part of this year’s Pride celebrations.
Under the direction of Mayor Christian Santos, the team members of the Gibraltar Youth Production Team have captured hundreds of people who express themselves as members of the LGBTQ + community or support it.
The two-hour event was attended by companies such as Bassadone or GBC, groups such as GAMPA or No More Shame, the police commissioner and the RGP LGBTQ + liaison officer to politicians.
“I think given the timeframe to do something for Pride and the fact that we couldn’t do a big parade, I wanted to do something where the whole community can show their support for the LGBTQ + community,” said Santos .
“For me, it’s about younger and older people who haven’t felt comfortable or have problems with their sexuality, just to have a visual sign of support. That they could say that I am not alone and that I have people by my side. ”
He noted that there isn’t a huge LGBTQ + scene in Gibraltar and that he thinks it’s great that there are people willing to stick their necks out for you and say, ‘Look, I’m here for you’.
Over the years, Mr. Santos has worked closely with the youth service, used to be a volunteer and be good friends with all of the workers.
“And for me it’s important to involve young people in everything I do.
The town hall venue was also a must for the mayor, who said in his inaugural address that he wanted the square to be open to everyone and that he wanted as many people as possible to enjoy the building.
“It is the home of the Gibraltarians and I want to use it as best I can to get the community involved,” he said.