22 Jan, 2024 @ 13:47
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Meet Spain’s first LGBT+ matador: Mario Alcalde, 31, comes out as pansexual

Bullfighter Mario Alcalde seen during the bullfight in the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid (Photo by Atilano Garcia / SOPA Images/Sipa USA) *** Local Caption *** 45761350

MARIO Alcalde has come out as pansexual, making him Spain’s first ever LGBT+ matador. 

Mario Alcalde has come out as pansexual, saying he ‘falls in love with what’s on the inside’ Photo: @marioalcadetorero/Instagram

The Madrid-born bullfighter, 31, opened up about his sexuality during an interview with El Mundo. 

The matador, who grew up in the Alameda de Osuna neighbourhood in the north-east of the capital, is the country’s first ever ‘torero’ to publicly reveal he is not heterosexual. 

He said: “I follow my own rhythm. My tastes, both political and sexual, are not normal in the bullfighting world.

“I’m pansexual. I identify strongly with the LGBTI+ flag. Every person has their taste. I fall in love with the person inside, not their gender.”

However, the bullfighter refused to discuss politics any further, saying “artists shouldn’t do that.” 

Alcalde decided to come out after a doctor saw he was ‘wrapped in a rainbow flag dedicated to the Mario Alcalde LGBTI+ Bullfighting Club’ while receiving treatment for a severe injury in September last year. 

It was not reported who brought him the flag or why he happened to be wearing it in the hospital.

He was being treated for a dislocated shoulder and broken clavicle after an accident in the Las Ventas ring in Madrid. 

Despite confessing that ‘everyone in the LGBTI+ community is anti-bullfighting’, the pansexual matador is making it his life’s goal to start a bullfighting club in Madrid’s LGBTI+ neighbourhood, Chueca. 

He said: “Once you confess who you are and the person gets to know you, it’s nice because they begin to see it in a different light.

“I have to do things so that the community gets involved. They’ll come to watch me fight. At first, they’re very closed minded, there’s too much ignorance and they don’t know what bullfighting is all about.”

He hopes that coming out will not bring negative attention but claims ‘I don’t care what anyone else thinks.’ 

The matador is not reliant on his performances as a matador, also working as a baggage handler at Madrid-Barajas Airport. 

He said: “I don’t depend on anyone, that’s why I also work in the airport.”


Yzabelle Bostyn

After spending much of her childhood in Andalucia and adulthood between Barcelona and Latin America, Yzabelle has settled in the Costa del Sol to put her NCTJ & Journalism Masters to good use. She is particularly interested in travel, vegan food and has been leading the Olive Press Nolotil campaign. Have a story? email yzabelle@theolivepress.es

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