Sunday, 24 May 2015

Irish Independent 'I laughed along with the homophobic chatter - then my son came out'

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/referendum/i-laughed-along-with-the-homophobic-chatter-then-my-son-came-out-31243276.html
22/05/2015 | 02:30 by 22/05/2015 | 02:30 Tom Hickey


Hickey with Gabriel Byrne during his time in college as president of the Trinity College Philosophical Society.

Homosexuals didn't exist when I was growing up. I never knowingly met one, never really thought about them until I came across the story of Oscar Wilde. To say I was shocked was putting it mildly: I simply couldn't comprehend two men having sex with one another. And lesbians? Well, you could have knocked me down with a feather.

As I grew older, I noticed a few effeminate characters who I assumed - without ever knowing definitively - were homosexual. Television played a large part in how I viewed them. These were guys with exaggerated mannerisms and squeaky voices. Queers in other words. How we laughed at one of our classmates who certainly fitted the description.

BBC News: Gay marriage Yes vote shows how much Republic of Ireland has changed

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32858142
23 May 2015

There were emotional scenes as referendum votes were counted in Dublin

The BBC's Shane Harrison looks at how the Republic of Ireland's vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage caps an extraordinary week for the country.

The Republic has become the first country in the world to introduce same-sex marriage in a popular vote, just days after the Prince of Wales visited Mullaghmore in County Sligo where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Independent: MCAST celebrates day against homophobia with mass, discussion and play

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2015-05-19/local-news/MCAST-celebrates-day-against-homophobia-with-mass-discussion-and-play-6736135772
Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 08:20


[Last week] MCAST celebrated the day against homophobia by holding Mass at the MCAST Chapel and by organising a play and discussion.

The play, written by Ray Mangion and directed by Marina Sceberras and Elysia Marie Farrugia, was held in the canteen area at MCAST Main Campus, and aimed at provoking people to think about how attitudes and language impact those who are different and prevent them from being themselves.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Malta Today: Ireland appears set to vote in favour of gay marriag

National polls indicate country would vote in favour of gay marriage by margin as much as two-to-one

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/world/53051/ireland_appears_set_to_vote_in_favour_of_gay_marriage#.VVhhXrns5hc
17 May 2015, 9:52am by a Staff Reporter



Irish voters are set to back the introduction of gay marriage by a margin of as much as two-to-one in next week’s referendum, a series of polls indicated.

Long considered as one of the most socially conservative countries in Western Europe, support for gay rights has surged in Ireland in recent decades as the power of the Catholic Church collapsed.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Malta Today: Historic leap in equality as Malta rises to third place in ILGA ranking

Malta Gay Rights Movement coordinator, Gabi Calleja: "That Malta is now at the forefront of the struggle for LGBTIQ equality is something that encourages us to continue in our advocacy efforts"

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/52784/historic_leap_in_equality_as_malta_rises_to_third_place_in_ilga_ranking#.VVJGUo7s5hf
10 May 2015, 8:21pm by Matthew Vella


The ILGA Rainbow Europe map 2015


The ILGA 'Rainbow Map' 2014 - click on the magnifying glass above to see the map clearly


Malta has shot up to a historic third ranking in the International Lesbian-Gay Association's 'Rainbow Europe' league, for having advanced in LGBTI rights - namely with the introduction of civil unions and gender identity laws that made worldwide headlines.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Times: Malta singled out for progress in LGBT issues

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150511/local/malta-singled-out-for-progress-in-lgbt-issues.567727
Monday, May 11, 2015, 09:08



ILGA-Europe has singled out Malta for fast progress in granting equality to trans and intersex people in the latest Rainbow Europe scoreboard.

In a statement, it said that steadfast, committed leadership and visible equality trailblazers are necessary ingredients for advancing LGBTI equality.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

MGRM: Pride March Invite 2015

11.5.2015 by Gabi Calleja, Coordinator, MGRM



We invite you to this year’s Pride March which will bring to a close this year’s Pride activities. The PRIDE MARCH will take place on May 30thgathering at City Gate in Valletta at 3.00pm. This year’s march is being organised in collaboration with AXM.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Pink News: Cyprus government approves civil partnerships

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/05/06/cyprus-government-approves-civil-partnerships/
6th May 2015, 3:06 PM by Naith Payton
The Cabinet has finally approved the long-awaited bill.

The government in Cyprus has approved a bill allowing for same-sex civil partnerships.

The long-awaited bill has gained the approval of the Cabinet, and now passes to the Parliament where it will be voted on.

The bill gives couples in civil partnerships all the benefits of marriage – with the exception of joint adoption.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

LGBTI+ Gozo: Launch

LGBTI + Gozo, is a new NGO formed in April 2014, for the purpose of promoting and raising awareness regarding the LGBTI+ community in Gozo. [Facebook]


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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Times: Crossing of many colours

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150501/opinion/Crossing-of-many-colours
Friday, May 1, 2015, 00:01 by Silvan Agius

In his Talking Point (April 24), Fr Richard-Nazzareno Farrugia expressed his distaste at the inaugural event of the rainbow crossing in Victoria that marked the first anniversary since the enactment of the Civil Unions Act, which crossing was dedicated to the United Nations’ Free & Equal campaign for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.

The reason? He asserts that the schoolchildren who participated in the event were being subjected to an “imposition of an ideological cultural agenda” by the State and that their crossing over the rainbow was tantamount to a forced participation in an “LGBTI pride parade”.

Times: Rules of crossing the road

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150424/opinion/rules-of-crossing-the-road.565306
Friday, April 24, 2015, 00:01 by Fr Richard-Nazzareno Farrugia

I remember as a young boy reading on Id-Denfil – if my memory serves me right – the rules on how to cross the road. I was taught to always cross a street on a zebra crossing. Society and my educators, even in this respect, taught me to be responsible for my life and that of others, even when crossing the road.

Watching a group of kids crossing a road over rainbow colours seems to be a happy and delightful scene, better than the usual and odd black-and-white stripes on the road.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Reuters: Pope met French Vatican envoy nominee at center of gay speculation

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/22/us-pope-france-idUSKBN0ND1I620150422
World | Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:59am EDT, PARIS, REUTERS/MAX ROSSI
Related: WORLD, FRANCE, PAPACY IN TRANSITION


Pope Francis looks down as he leads the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican April 22, 2015.

(Reuters) - Pope Francis has held a private meeting with France's nominee as ambassador to the Holy See, the French government said on Wednesday in the latest twist in a months-long stand-off over the Vatican's failure to confirm his posting.

Paris nominated the government's head of protocol, Laurent Stefanini, for the post on Jan. 5 but has still not heard back from the Vatican - a delay that French and Italian media have said is due to his homosexuality.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Pink News: Comment: Would you date an HIV-positive guy?

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/04/18/comment-would-you-date-an-hiv-positive-guy/
18th April 2015, 2:52 PM by Matthew Hodson

Matthew Hodson writes on why avoiding dating HIV-positive people could be a bad strategy

75 reader comments

Matthew Hodson, the Chief Executive of GMFA, writes on the continued stigmatisation of HIV-positive people, and argues that avoiding sex or a relationship with someone HIV-positive is actually a bad strategy.

I’ve been living with diagnosed HIV for many years. In that time I’ve had my share of sexual and romantic rejections on the basis of my HIV status. While these don’t make up any of my happiest memories, I’ve tried to take it on the chin. I’ve always been a firm believer that individuals have a right to work out the sexual strategy that is right for them – and that included rejecting people on the basis of their HIV status. But, you know what – I’ve had a change of heart. It’s bullshit.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Pink News: This amazing video for equal marriage in Ireland might bring a tear to your eye…

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/04/18/this-amazing-video-for-equal-marriage-in-ireland-might-bring-a-tear-to-your-eye/
18th April 2015, 11:42 AM by Joseph Patrick McCormick, [15 reader comments]

A new video advocating for LGBT Irish people to “bring your family with you” to vote for same-sex marriage next month is pretty emotional.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkwYEhjjZhs


The Republic of Ireland is set to vote on May 22 on a proposal to introduce civil same-sex marriage.


Sunday, 26 April 2015

MGRM: Information Meeting - Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act

15.4.2015 by the Malta Gay Rights Movement

The MGRM is organising an information meeting aimed at explaining the gender recognition procedures. The meeting will be held on Monday 27th April at 18:00 at the NGO Hub, 181, Melita Street, Valletta. Should you require further information please do not hestiate to contact us on mgrm@maltagayrights.org or 99255559.


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Independent: Curia: Fr Montebello ‘to continue to follow Church practices and discipline’ on gay people

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2015-04-14/local-news/Curia-Fr-Montebello-to-continue-to-follow-Church-practices-and-discipline-6736133782
Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 13:40



Fr Mark Montebello has agreed to stop going against Church teachings, which say that priests should not officiate during ceremonies involving gay people.

This was the outcome of a meeting of one hour between Archbishop Mgr Charles Scicluna and the Dominican Friar, following a story in The Malta Independent which included photos of Fr Montebello blessing the rings of a gay couple during an engagement ceremony.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Independent: After TMI story: Archbishop calls urgent meeting with Fr Mark Montebello

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2015-04-13/local-news/After-TMI-story-Archbishop-calls-urgent-meeting-with-Fr-Mark-Montebello-6736133701
Monday, 13 April 2015, 13:48 By Rachel Attard



In what can be described as the first hitch in his term as Archbishop, Mgr Charles Scicluna has called an urgent meeting with Fr Mark Montebello after a story carried by The Malta Independent which exposed the priest blessing the rings in an engagement ceremony between two gay men.

This morning, The Malta Independent published a photo showing Fr Montebello blessing the rings in an engagement ceremony which took place last Friday.Pictures of the ceremony were published on Facebook showing Fr Montebello blessing their rings.

YouTube: Mr Gay World - Malta 2015: Wayne Grech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEMgacfxeRA&feature=youtu.be

Independent: Controversial priest blesses rings at gay couple’s engagement ceremony

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2015-04-13/local-news/Controversial-priest-blesses-rings-at-gay-couple-s-engagement-ceremony-6736133686
Monday, 13 April 2015, 10:27 by Rachel Attard



Controversial priest Fr Mark Montebello last Friday officiated the ceremony in which two gay men got engaged, The Malta Independent has learnt.

Pictures of the ceremony were published on Facebook showing Fr Montebello blessing their rings.

The officiating of civil unions, including engagement ceremonies, by priests goes against the guidelines of the Church and could be interpreted as being yet another incident in which Fr Montebello openly causes embarrassment to the Church. He has been reprimanded for his outspokenness by the Church in the past.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

MADC: The Pride

9.4.2015

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