From hiding to legality
In 1970 the announcement of the Social Danger and Rehabilitation Law caused non-heterosexuals, transvestites and trans people in Spain to react.
A small group of individuals -of which Armand de Fluvia, Francesc Francino and later Amanda Klein would stand out- secretly founded the Spanish Movement for Homosexual Liberation (MELH). In 1972 they started publishing the magazine AGHOIS.
With Franco’s death in 1975, MELH turned into the Gay Liberation Front of Catalonia (FAGC). Different fronts started appearing across Spain and would later join together under the Coordinator of Homosexual Liberation Fronts of the Spanish State (COFLHEE). Their main demands included the abolition of the Social Danger Act, which was partially achieved in 1979, and the legalization of activist organizations. In 1989 the FACG was finally legally registered. With that, Spain’s LGBT movement had officially become legal.
Spain’s transition to democracy brought along an explosion of demands for freedom. Along with the liberation fronts’ political demands, different publications sprung up, such as Party, and a number of visible artists, like Ocaña, began their careers. On June 26th 1977, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals took to the streets of Barcelona in order to demonstrate. Pride had reached Spain.