How Spain is designing a sporting future free of gay hate

Published: May 2, 2013

Continuing our mission to profile the LGBT sports organizations of the world, we meet graphic designer Ricardo Mendi Serrano, communications officer for Elaios LGBT sports club which is based in Spain’s fifth largest city – Zaragoza.

When was the organization established?

Elaios was created after some of us participated at the 2003 edition of Eurogames in Copenhagen.

We wanted to organize something similar in Zaragoza.

Thanks to the support of the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation, Elaios was formally established in February 2005.

In 2007 we were registered as an Elementary Sports Association in the Aragon Government’s registry. We also received support from the City of Zaragoza Sports Department, and some local media.

Since then, every year we have grown in members and in the number of sport activities we organize and take part in at both national and international levels.

In 2012, the City of Zaragoza acknowledged us as an ‘Entity of Public Interest’.

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