Wednesday, 1 March 2017

BuzzFeed: Meet The Man Who Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive

“I knew I was doing something of substance, but it’s really overwhelming.” In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News, Greg Owen reveals the story behind Britain’s largest ever drop in HIV transmissions.

Patrick Strudwick, BuzzFeed UK LGBT Editorposted on Feb. 25, 2017, at 9:49 a.m.

Laura Gallant / Tim Lane / BuzzFeed

A few days before Christmas 2016, a phone call took place that no one could have predicted.

One of the world’s most esteemed HIV doctors, Professor Sheena McCormack – whose life’s work as an epidemiologist has been to track and fight the virus – picked up the phone to deliver a message that would make headline news: In the space of 12 months, the number of gay men in London being diagnosed with HIV had dropped by 40%. Across England it was down by a third.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Malta Today: €135,000 in public funds for LGBTIQ support services

Malta Gay Rights Movement awarded €135,000 over three years to fund its Rainbow Support Services
Tim Diacono, 24 February 2017, 11:56am
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MGRM and the government sign agreement allocating funds to the Rainbow Support Services (Photo: James Bianchi/MediaToday)

The Rainbow Support Services, which provides support to Malta's LGBTIQ communty, will benefit from €135,000 in public funds over the next three years.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Dar tal-Kaptan: Gay Friendly Guesthouse on Gozo

10.2.2017 by Warren Bugeja

Gozo the Island of love and myth, sleepy villages, meandering country walks, long lingering dinners and spectacular sunsets. Calypso detained Ulysses for at least 7 years here. While you may not stay as long, this tiny Island will enrapture you with its sensual charms and laid back Mediterranean lifestyle. Just a 20 minute ferry ride from its big sister Malta, Gozo is worlds away in pace, mentality and energy. Stress, pressing concerns and especially the traffic seem to melt away and dissipate within a few minutes of arrival.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017


1.2.2017, Department of Information, Government of Malta


Reference Number: PR170237 , Press Release Issue Date: Feb 01, 2017
Fast-track the end of AIDS in the EU:  practical evidence-based interventions—Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union Conference organised in collaboration with the ECDC
HIV remains a significant public health problem in the 31 countries of the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA), with around 30,000 newly diagnosed HIV infections reported each year over the last decade. In a two-day meeting held under the auspices of the Maltese EU Presidency, HIV experts from across the European Union will discuss how to reverse this trend and how to prepare Europe to achieve the set target of ending AIDS by 2030.[i]

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Malta Today: Standard-bearer for humanism, tireless civil rights campaigner Ramon Casha, passes away

‘Honest free-thinker’ Ramon Casha, chair of the Malta Humanists Association, passes away

Matthew Vella, 22 January 2017, 7:02pm

Ramon Casha: ‘altruistic humanist who worked tirelessly for the good of the Maltese society’

One of Malta’s foremost civil society activists, Ramon Casha, has passed away.

Casha, 47, was said to have died from medical complications at Mater Dei Hospital. He had been readmitted to hospital following injuries he incurred in a motorcycle accident back in July 2016.

He was the chairperson of the Malta Humanists Association (MHA), the first such organisation of its kind in Malta, and a vocal defender of secularism in various public fora both online and offline.

Times: Ramon Casha, chairman of the humanist society, passes away
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 19:09

Tributes are flowing in this evening for Ramon Casha, chairman of the Malta Humanist Society, civil rights campaigner and a frequent commenter on Times of Malta, who has passed away.

Michael Briguglio, former chairman of Alternattiva wrote in a Facebook post: Rest in peace Ramon Casha: honest, free-thinking and non-partisan civil society campaigner within Malta Humanist Association and so many causes.

Raphael Vassallo, journalist and fellow founder of the Malta Humanist Association added:
'...We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.'
Sleep peacefully, Ramon.

Insite, the University students' organisation described him as "a strong speaker and supporter of numerous worthy causes, particularly women's rights."

Mr Casha, 46, an IT specialist, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last July.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

YouTube: Gay Acrobats Create Stunning Visual Art - THE ARROW [Love. Pride. Truth.]

Published on 12 Jul 2016

'The Arrow' is a striking visual representation of a simple story - two male artists who fell in love. From the first time our eyes met, the first embrace, to creating a bond and love that is unbreakable. The video shows two talented men who transform their personal story into an exciting performance to send a powerful message. That we are proud of who we are, the love that we share, and that all love is equal.

MUSIC - "Arrow" by The Irrepressibles -
DIRECTOR - Damian Siqueiros -
CREATION + CONCEPT - Matthew Richardson -
CAMERAMAN + GAFFER - Camilo Chitiva Zamudio
SECOND CAMERA - Guillermo Castellanos

DOI: STQARRIJA MILL-MINISTERU GĦAS-SAĦĦA: L-ARC b’donazzjoni għal taħriġ għall-istaff mediku tal-GU Clinic

Reference Number: PR161611, Press Release Issue Date: Jul 18, 2016

L-Allied Rainbow Communities (ARC) din il-ġimgħa ppreżentaw donazzjoni ta’ ’l fuq minn €2,000 lill-Ministru għas-Saħħa, Chris Fearne. Din id-donazzjoni ntużat biex tliet persuni mill-istaff mediku tal-GU Clinic ingħataw taħriġ speċjalizzat f’St Mary Hospital ta’ Londra u fl-isptar ta’ Bertinoro fl-Italja.

Dan it-taħriġ għen biex l-istaff tal-GU Clinic iżid l-għarfien tiegħu kemm fuq mard trasmess sesswalment, kif ukoll dwar il-ġbir ta’ informazzjoni fuq it-trattament, b’riżultat li ssir taf bl-infezzjoni aktar kmieni u li jibda t-trattament immedjat.

Il-Ministru għas-Saħħa rringrazzja lill-NGO ARC li hija NGO li taħdem qalb il-komunitajiet LGBTI+ għall-ġest nobbli li għamlu u li permezz tiegħu se jibbenefikaw ħafna nies.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Lovin Malta: Meet Ben, The First Child Adopted By A Same-Sex Couple In Malta

And y'all are crazy if you attack this family based on what you claim is the "best interest of the child".

14.7.2016 by Chucky Bartolo

Yesterday, after news broke that Malta's court had given the go-ahead for the first adoption of a child by a same-sex couple, Malta's Facebook exploded.

Many praised the move as a huge leap forward for Malta, while others rambled on about the doom and gloom this would bring about; flinging around the classic arguments the anti-adoption camp always do (something about it being "unnatural" and "not in the child's best interest").

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Gay Malta: Syphilis & Gonorrhea Outbreak

Joanne Farrugia is a Health Nurse at the Health promotion, disease prevention & disease prevention directorate. Joanne voluntarily contributes monthly (or whenever something urgent happens) to arc's newsletter and!Syphilis-Gonorrhea-Outbreak/w0uls/578d01280cf2fc65e31f9900

Greetings everyone!

I always have an idea of what to write about every month, however a new alert just came in from the European Centre of Disease Prevention and I have to share this with you.