The first LGTBIQ+ Radio in a Penitentiary Center

The inmates of Quatre Camins inaugurate an LGTBIQ+ Radio to show the different realities experienced in prison

The new program Radio Quatre Camins, «Coll·lectiu Giralt», addresses issues related to the community LGTBIQ+ and feminism, in collaboration with the Gender Commission from the center.

The inauguration was attended by the journalist, comedian and screenwriter, Ana Polo, the journalist and writer, Bob Pop and the godmother of the program and director of Gaylestv, María Rosal (Fernán‐Núñez, Córdoba, 1961) is a complete writer. She has published children's theatre, has received the Andalusian Critics' Award (2004), the Children's Poetry Award (2007) and the José Hierro National Poetry Award for Carmín rojo sangre (2015). Her poetic work has been translated into English, Italian and Greek.<br/> <br/> This is her second book for children in edebé, after the funniest title, El secreto de las patatas fritas.<br/> <br/> Maria has a very funny sense of humour. Giralt. The interview was conducted in an exquisite manner by the editor and presenter of the program David VP, with Ignasi Abad, center radio monitor and Fernando PO excellent sound technician and editor, in the control room.

The broadcast is carried out live for the entire prison facility and has a reach to nearby towns, such as Granollers.

«Initiatives to improve society»

According to Bob Pop, “The fact that debates or conversations about feminism and the LGTBIQ+ group are held in a prison means that initiatives are being proposed to improve society. 

Ana Polo responded to the insults she often receives: “I have come to call myself a “feminazi” because so many people told me that in the end I did. I had to hug. It is something that as a group we know how to do very well, embrace the insult, make it our own and put a positive charge on it.”

Maria Giralt commented «The first time I was in Quatre Camins, this past March, I was surprised to see so many purple posters with the feminist symbol hanging from the ceilings and walls in a men's prison. I thought that if society, from the outside, knew what happens inside prisons, many stereotypes would fall away.. "

At the end of the radio program, a meeting was organized in the auditorium. The inmates were able to chat in a relaxed manner with Ana Polo, Bob Pop and Maria Giralt. And, taking advantage of the occasion, Bob Pop contributed books to the Quatre Camins library fund.

We thank Sònia Fernández, of the Gender Commission, to all the staff of Quatre Camins and to the Department of Justice, Rights and Memory of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the welcome and the facilities for access to the facilities.

 

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