Spain: Town Rejects Gay Tourism Plan to Paint Buildings Pink

Published Date Author: , October 6th, 2011

IT was set to be the first ‘gay’ village in the world. But, somewhat sensibly perhaps, the ‘pueblo blanco’ of Moclinejo (above) has opted to reject a much publicised plan to turn its streets pink.

The ambitious project – the brainwave of gay entrepreneur Javier Checa – involved painting all the village’s 300 houses pink, changing the names of streets to honour gay artists and even creating a park designated for outdoor sex or ‘cruising.’ It offered a somewhat novel solution to the economic crisis for the Axarquia settlement, struggling with high unemployment.

And Checa – organiser of Andalucia’s upcoming international fair Expogays in Torremolinos next week – promised it could transform it into ‘a kind of Ibiza in the Axarquia… where gays are completely free [to do what they want].’ But despite initially welcoming the unusual idea, Moclinejo town hall is simply not ready to come out of the closet.

Full Story from the Olive Press

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