Since becoming a democracy at the end of the 1970s, Spain has made great headway towards equal rights for LGBT people, bolstered in no small way by its entrance in the EC in 1986. The capital city of Madrid is a powerful representation of this dynamic growth and social change, with an integrated and vibrant LBGT community centered in the Chueca District. Madrid is a very open-minded city where personal liberty is respected and embraced. The accepting environment of this Spanish capital will definitely help with the adjustment for studying abroad.


  • Spain is one of the few countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption. This is a strong reflection of the overall accepting sentiment of the population.
  • It is also one of the few countries in which members of the trans community can change their sex on official documents without undergoing sexual reassignment surgery.
  • Spain also provides powerful anti-discrimination laws that have been in effect since 1995. These protect individuals in all forms of service both public and private, ensuring the security of all peoples.


  • Homosexuality in Madrid is widely visible and increasingly normalized, and the city is generally a very safe and comfortable place for most travelers. It is common to see homosexual couples being open and intimate in public.
  • For those who are fluent or speak Spanish, the phrase “Entiendes?”is Castilian lingo for “Are you gay?”
  • Madrileños know how to party! If you wish to explore the nightlife of LGBT areas, be prepared to go out late and come home in the morning.



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