Sex in Sitges: A Practical Guide

Published Date Author: , November 21st, 2011

Spain is a predominantly Catholic country, with about 80 percent of Spaniards identifying as Catholic, but only one-third actually attending church. In spite of these high – but downward-trending – numbers, this second largest European Union member state recently legalized gay marriage. They also recently banned poppers. It’s not hard to figure out where the vanishing art of cruising fits into this very Spanish paradigm.

General Francisco Franco was firmly installed in power by the time the Spanish Civil War concluded in 1939, but his dictatorship’s virulently homophobic Vagrancy Act remained on the books until four years after his death in 1979. Furtive, same sex-hookups boomed during Franco’s repressive, four-decade regime, but with his demise, and the rise of the hedonistic countercultural movement La Movida, the stage was set for Spanish gays to come out and “normalize.”

By July 11, 2005, when Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin, a couple for more than 30 years, became the first legal same-sex marriage in Spain, it was a triumph for civil rights in the Europe Union, but a veritable death knell for amigos con derechos, or those boys who like to “get back to nature,” as George Michael sings. Sex in Spain’s great outdoors was officially out the window.

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