The Gaily News: More reasons to love Barcelona

Taking a page from Amsterdam's famed Homomonument, the city of Barcelona will erect a monument in honor of the city's gays, lesbians and transgendered people who have "suffered persecution and repression throughout history," the AFP is reporting.


Scheduled to be unveiled in February, the new monument will be pink and triangular in shape, much like its Dutch counterpart. Though the monument's location has yet to be announced, a spokesman for Barcelona's city hall confirmed the square directly in front of Gaudi's iconic Sagrada Familia basilica "is one location that has been proposed." The square was also the site of a mass "kiss-in" demonstration staged in protest of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the city in Barcelona and the Roman Catholic Church's conservative stance on homosexuality.

There's a famously tantalizing lyric from Stephen Sondheim's Company in which the main character, Bobby, asks his latest conquest, a flight attendant, where she's headed.

"Where you going?"

"Barcelona."

"Oh."

And even though they're none too enthusiastic about her destination, LGBT tourists should be.

Latest reason: The city's building a gay monument. And it's slated to be built directly in front of one of the most Catholic of landmarks, architect Antonio Gaudi's awesome Sagrada Familia basilica.

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