Spain – or e-Spain – is getting its first gay retirement home. It will have 115 apartments. a gym, a pool, a roof and paths made out of crazy-paving.
Funded by the December 26th Foundation, named after the 1979 date when the anti-gay law created by General Franco – who was a bit of a cunt if truth be told – in which gays were imprisoned and/or had an electric current charged through them for shits and giggles, was repealed. Up until then, men in Spain could be imprisoned simply for walking down the road looking a bit camp. Which would have had the whole male population of Italy buggered. We could go on.
‘Gay old people have to go back in the closet when they enter retirement homes,’ says Federico Armenteros, head of the December 26th Foundation.
‘For many years, a lot of people believed that homosexuals were sick and sinners. That is more pronounced among older people, and hard to change.’
The picture above is the one they’re using on the BBC. Which looks more like Westfield Stratford than a gay retirement village. And it appears a sheer David Beckham will be one of their residents.
‘This is somewhere where everyone will be equal,’ says Jose Maria Herreras who, at 65 and still gay after all those years, is ostracized by the residents at his current retirement home.
‘It’s a totally different home where we won’t have to hide who we are. We will be people. I will be free again.’
*waves a flag*