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Gay leaders are welcomed to Spain’s royal palace by King Felipe and Queen Letizia

Gay leaders are welcomed to Spain’s royal palace by King Felipe and Queen Letizia

Saying their work ‘deserves to be better known and acknowledged,’ Spain’s new king and queen made history on Tuesday (24 June) when they hosted LGBTI leaders at an official palace reception.

In all, King Felipe and Queen Letizia invited 350 organizations and charities involved with social causes to royal El Pardo palace. Among them were Boti Garcia, president of Spain’s State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, and José María Núñez-Blanco, president of the Triangle Foundation.

Garcia told The Local she was surpised to be included.

‘We have asked more than once for meetings with the vice president of the government and he’s never even answered,’ she said.

The 41-year-old queen seemed to connect with the leaders.

‘We felt that our message had been listened to and understood,’ Garcia said.