A ceremony is being held at 4 pm this coming Saturday, 6 October in memory of Sonia Rescalvo Zafra, a transsexual woman murdered by a group of neo-Nazis in 1991.
The event will take place at Parc de la Ciutadella, at the Transsexual Sonia Bandstand, which has borne her name since 2013.
Sonia Rescalvo was born in Cuenca in 1945 and moved to Barcelona in 1961, at the age of 16. There she became part of the artistic world of El Paral·lel and, more specifically, the Teatre Arnau. She worked for many years as a showgirl, gaining considerable fame.
As a result of the crises in variety shows she moved to and worked in Parc de la Ciutadella.
Murder and condemnation
She was brutally murdered on the morning of 6 October 1991 by a group of neo-Nazi skinheads at the bandstand at Parc de la Ciutadella. Sonia was sleeping in the bandstand with her friend Doris, who was also attacked. The neo-Nazi group attacked and blinded a homeless man in the park’s greenhouse, before they fled.
The events were reported by the Catalan Gay Liberation Front (FAGC) and the Gay and Lesbian Coordinating Committee. A trial was held at Barcelona Provincial Criminal Court in 1994, and the attackers found guilty of murder and sentenced.
The bandstand she was murdered in was renamed the “Transsexual Sonia Bandstand” in 2013, following a proposal from the LGTBIcat Platform.
The ceremony, to be presented by Briggitta Lamoure, will start at 4 pm and offer several activities around the bandstand: Living library, Tree of desires and activities aimed at children.
Gala Pin, the Ciutat Vella District Councillor, will be officially received at 5 pm and members of the Platform for Catalan LGBTI Associations will be giving talks, reclaiming the figure of Sonia and speaking about the past, present and future of the Trans movement.
The ceremony will conclude with the laying of a wreath at the Sonia monolith and there will be a music performance from Alícia Ramos, a trans artist, singing protest songs.
The ceremony has been organised by the Barcelona Municipal LGBTI Council and the Platform of Catalan LGBTI Associations.