The Sagrada Familia basilica

The popular gay tourism city of Barcelona in Spain is set to erect a monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people who have been persecuted.

According to the AFP news agency, one of the proposed locations for the memorial is the square outside the famous Sagrada Familia basilica, which was designed by Antoni Gaudí.

The proposed LGBT monument is described as “a pink, triangular stone” structure and is expected to be unveiled in February.

The words “in memory of the gays, lesbians and transsexual people who have suffered persecution and repression throughout history. Barcelona 2011″ will be inscribed on the monument.

The iconic Roman Catholic church was the site of a recent gay and lesbian mass kiss-in to protest the Pope’s ongoing anti-gay stance.

Same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian adoption are legal in Spain, which decriminalised homosexuality in 1979.

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