LGBT Rights in Spain: Writing and Social Change
Isabel Franc, prize-winning lesbian novelist.
From the end of the Spanish Civil war in 1939 until 1975, Generalissimo Francisco Franco governed Spain autocratically, based on nationalism and traditionalism. As part of an imposed national unity, Spanish was the only official language, even though other languages were widely used in certain regions of the country. Censorship controlled every aspect of culture. Dissidents and opponents of the regime were imprisoned or they simply disappeared. During his rule, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community was severely stifled. Not only was homosexuality illegal, but there were very few references to homosexuality in literature, cinema and music. Any references that did survive censorship were negative in tone. Despite this culture of oppression, a clandestine gay scene began to emerge in Barcelona in the 1960s.
LGBT Rights, Social Change, Spain
Franc, Isabel. "LGBT Rights in Spain: Writing and Social Change." Ensemble video, 01:17:18. October 7, 2008. https://ensemble.dickinson.edu/Watch/a4N5Jzr7