Torremolinos town hall has condemned the defacing of several of the recently installed posters to highlight the town’s new Diversity Matters campaign.
Vandals sprayed homophobic graffiti on some of the installations in the centre of Torremolinos last night, just hours before the town prepared to mark Pride Day, an event that is celebrated around the world on 28 June.
Members of the local LGBT+ community took to social media to show their outrage at the attack, describing it as “indignant” and “embarrassing”.
The council pointed out that Torremolinos is a “beacon of freedom and refuge” for many people who have been subjected to discrimination because of their sexual orientation.
Mayor José Ortiz said, "Torremolinos is diverse and we are proud to be a reference in the fight to achieve rights for all. This attack on our identity is something that does not represent Torremolinos, but it is present in society and we have to eradicate it."
The graffiti has now been removed, and the mayor added that his council will “not take one step back” with its objective of projecting values that “are more necessary than ever”.
The Diversity Matters campaign is an initiative set up by the council to promote the importance of inclusivity.