Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Times: Zebra crossing gets a new look

Friday, March 20, 2015, 08:01

Photo: Paul Spiteri Lucas

The zebra crossing on St Anne Street in Floriana was given a new image yesterday. It was painted with the rainbow colours to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people. The initiative was taken by the Civil Liberties Ministry to mark the first anniversary of the Civil Unions law being approved in Parliament.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Gov.mt: Beyond the binary: Equality for trans, genderqueer and intersex people

23.3.2015 by the Malta Gay Rights Movement

Dear Guest,

The Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, has the pleasure to invite you to a half-day seminar entitled:

Beyond the binary: Equality for trans, genderqueer and intersex people

The Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Bill is in advanced parliamentary stage and expected to become law shortly.

In view of this, Government is holding this seminar to provide information about the vision and scope of the Bill to policy makers, the expected beneficiaries, as well as the general public about the various provisions of the law that aim to guarantee human rights and enact equality in law and practice for trans, genderqueer and intersex people.

The speakers during this event will include Honourable Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Dr. Helena Dalli, and experts from the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, Transgender Europe, and the LGBTI Consultative Council. 

Date:                     Wednesday, 1st April 2015
Time:                    09:00 to 13:00
Venue:                 Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta 

Attached please find a seminar programme [link].

Kindly register your attendance in advance via www.socialdialogue.gov.mt/registration

 For further information, kindly call on 20908328/35/36 or send an email to communications.msdc@gov.mt

We look forward to welcome you to this event.

Reuben Sciberras
Communications Coordinator
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Friday, 20 March 2015

Medical Daily: Functional HIV Cure Step Closer To Reality With FDA Approval Of Clinical Human Trials

Mar 10, 2015 12:04 PM By Dana Dovey@danadovey

The recent FDA approval was a major step toward the eventual goal of curing HIV. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

A possible “functional cure” for HIV has recently been granted FDA approval for further human testing. The method uses genetic modification to cause a specific mutation in the white blood cells of HIV patients which mirrors those found in the naturally immune. It has so far shown to be both receptive and long-lasting.

The novel therapy involves taking stem cells from HIV-infected patients and using a gene editing tool to cause them to form into white blood cells with a specific mutation. The mutation affects a protein known as CCR5, and interferes with the virus’s ability to latch onto blood cells. The mutation occurs naturally in a small percentage of the world’s population and gives these individuals alife-long resistance to HIV infections. Although the virus may remain in their body, without being able to enter the T cells, it cannot replicate and therefore will stay at low numbers, uncompromising the immune system.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Pink News: Here’s a way for gay men to help save lives, even if you’re banned from giving blood

13th March 2015, 3:57 PM by Nick Duffy  [49 reader comments]

Bone marrow donor Stuart Brooks has urged more gay men to sign up

Young gay men who remain banned from giving blood have been urged to sign up to the bone marrow register instead.

In England, Scotland and Wales at present, men who have sex with men (MSM) are banned from giving blood from 12 months from last sexual activity. In Northern Ireland, men who have sex with men are permanently banned from giving blood.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

News Australia: Mardi Gras 2015: ‘I’m not proud to be gay’

MARCH 07, 2015 5:33PM

Gavin Fernando says he doesn’t understand the significance of the Mardi Gras parade. Source: Twitter

OPINION: I’m not proud to be gay.

Out of the closet since grade seven. An unabashed Madonna enthusiast. Currently residing on the corner of Judy Garland Road and Smoulderingly Fierce Beyoncé Gif Lane.

Believe me, I’m not ashamed either. I just don’t understand Mardi Gras — the almighty gay pride parade.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Gay Star News: Survivors of 1980s AIDS crisis reveal what happened to them

From the role of lesbians to the vanishing of whole neighborhoods, real LGBTI people share their experiences


Photo via Twitter.

Survivors of the 1980s AIDS crisis have shared accounts of their experiences.

As the UK celebrates LGBT History Month, users of Reddit revealed what it was like to be living in what felt like a constant state of tragedy.

Real LGBTI people remember the confusion, the lack of information, the lack of support from the government because of the suffering from the virus known only at the time as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Illum: Jekk surmast ta' skola tal-Knisja jkun gay f'unjoni ċivili jkolli problema bih - Arċisqof Scicluna

Isostni li hu se jivvota LE għal kaċċa fir-Rebbiegħa

Fuq Xarabank l-Arċisċof il-ġdid Charles Scicluna kellu intervista qasira mal-preżentatur Peppi Azzopardi. Intervista 'straight to the point' mingħajr ħafna tidwir mal-lewża u b'mod mill-aktar onest b'ċerta simpatija wkoll u xi battuta ħelwa ma naqsitx ukoll.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

SEX 360°: Criminalisation of HIV transmission

1.3.2015 by Mark Josef Rapa (Dip. Notary Public, LL.B (Hons)

This presentation is part of the Conference ‘SEX 360° The multidisciplinary approach to sexuality’ which is going to be held on Saturday 7th March 2015 at Skyparks in Luqa.

For further details and registration follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/437305963086326.


Under article 244A, of the Maltese Criminal Code [1] , introduced in 2005, transmission of HIV, be it intentional or arising out of recklessness is a criminal offence. The latter in virtue of the relevant Legal notice [2] published in 2005. To date we had one case law where this law was invoked and used. Our jurisprudence has used the Italian Jurist Antolisei’s commentary on the ‘Lesione personali e percosse’ to justify the inclusion of such a law into our legal system, which has established that; non-disclosure before unprotected sex is considered to be dolus eventualis, -indirect intention-.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Malta Today: [WATCH] ‘The norm is changing’: schools to address needs of transgender students

During a gender diversity-themed seminar, educational professionals were urged to remain sensitive to the needs of transgender students, as empowered by the Gender Identity Act.


26 February 2015, 3:16pm by Teodor Reljic

MGRM Coordinator Gabi Calleja: "More than a quarter of transgender students find the scholastic experience problematic". Photo by Ray Attard

Schools will have to adapt to realities of gender variance, with both administrative and pedagogical staff being now legally empowered to clamp down on all forms of gender discrimination.

This was brought up during a seminar organised by the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM), entitled ‘Inclusion of Trans and Intersex Persons through Legislation and Policy’ and held at the Victoria Hotel in Sliema on Thursday.

Wall Street Journal: Molecule Shows Ability to Block AIDS Virus

Approach has yet to be tested in humans but could lead to new treatments and a vaccine

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A new study could lead to the first step in new treatments for patients with AIDS and an alternative to a vaccine against HIV. Scripps Institute’s Michael Farzan explains. Photo: AP

By BETSY MCKAY, Updated Feb. 18, 2015 3:29 p.m. ET, 74 COMMENTS

Scientists have engineered a molecule they say can block infection with the virus that causes AIDS, a discovery that potentially could lead to a new therapy for patients as well as an alternative to a vaccine.

Researchers have been trying for three decades to develop an effective vaccine against the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS. They are also searching for a way to cure infected people. But the ever-evolving virus has eluded them.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Youtube: Sergei Polunin, "Take Me to Church" by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle


Sergei Polunin
"Take me to Church" by Hozier
Directed by David LaChapelle
Choreography by Jade Hale-Christofi

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Pink News: This advice by Freud on how to cure a gay child might surprise you

12th February 2015, 4:17 PM, LAST UPDATED ON 13TH FEBRUARY
by Joseph Patrick McCormick

Some assume positions on controversial issues such as gay “cure” therapies evolve over time. This letter from Sigmund Freud written in 1935 may debunk that.

The famed father of psychoanalysis an amazing and eloquent response to one parent’s concerns over having a gay child.

Pink News: SHOCKING images show Islamic State throwing gay men to death

16th January 2015, 11:54 PM

WARNING: The content and imagery within this article is extremely disturbing.

The Islamic State (ISIS) has released shocking images showing the execution of two men for being gay. Some of the images are too disturbing to be reproduced on PinkNews, even with a warning.

The images begin with a photograph of a crowd gathered next to a large building in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

In a caption, the man was described as having been convicted by an Islamic court of the practices of the “people of Lot”, sodomy.

Monday, 9 February 2015

MGRM: Inclusion of Trans and Intersex Persons through Legislation and Policy

8.2.2015 by Colette Farrugia Bennett, Malta Gay Rights Movement


‘Inclusion of Trans and Intersex Persons through Legislation and Policy’

Thursday 26th February 2015, 9am to 2pm

The Victoria Hotel, Sliema

On Thursday 26th February 2015 the Malta Gay Rights Movement will be organising a seminar entitled ‘Inclusion of Trans and Intersex Persons through Legislation and Policy’ as part of the EU funded Grundtvig Project ‘Queer Pathways into Diversity’ which MGRM is participating in with another five European partners. The seminar will be taking place at The Victoria Hotel, Gorg Borg Olivier Street, Sliema.

Malta Today: ‘Gender identity law to break down walls of discrimination’ - Helena Dalli

Civil Liberties Minister says that gender identity law won't lead to people capriciously choosing to change their legally recognized gender

3 February 2015, 8:58pm by Tim Diacono

Equal Opportunities Minister Helena Dalli

A law aimed at protecting the rights of trans, gender queer and intersex people to their self-determined identity will help “break down the walls of discrimination and inequality”, Civil Liberties Helena Dalli said.

“This law isn’t about the rights of trans-people, intersex people and gender queer people but about human rights,” Dalli said during a second reading of the Bill in Parliament. “We will not be giving these people special rights but equal rights. We want to ensure that everyone has the same rights and access to the same opportunities.”

Malta Today: Male, Female or X: the new gender options on identification documents

Government to allow the possibility of not declaring gender on ID cards and passports
3 February 2015, 11:28am by Miriam Dalli

Although ‘male’ and ‘female’ will remain the only sexes recognised by the laws of Malta, the government is set to allow individuals to choose not to declare their sex or gender identity on identification documents through the introduction of an ‘X’ marker.

The decision comes in wake of the Gender Identity Bill tabled in parliament and a consultation process that followed during which an internal discussion took place on how the current ‘male’ and ‘female’ binary possibilities could be addressed on identification documents.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Independent: Free and confidential STD and HIV testing centre to be set up


Therese Bonnici Sunday, 25 January 2015, 10:00
A gay nightclub in Paceville has launched a wide-ranging campaign aimed at creating more health awareness and tackling issues faced by the LGBTI community in Malta. The campaign includes the setting up of a confidential test centre for sexually transmitted diseases.

AXM Malta was launched by Haydn Pope, owner of the internationally renowned brand. In comments to The Malta Independent on Sunday, Mr Pope said that the idea is to give something back to the community, and to the customers who have chosen to visit the club. "It's a way of saying thank you to the customers who have chosen our night club among others, and at the same time promoting well-being."

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Pink News: YouTube twins come out to their Dad and the tears flow

15th January 2015, 1:01 AM by Gaz Jeffries

34 reader comments

YouTube twins Austin and Aaron Rhodes have come out to their father and their fanbase in a video posted today.

“We think it is time to finally just be ourselves. We hope by our actions today you can finish watching this video feeling encouraged and inspired.,” they posted on their YouTube page, ahead of their video explaining that they are gay to their father by telephone.

The video speaks for itself.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

BBC News: Egypt court clears men accused of bathhouse 'debaucher

12 January 2015 Last updated at 16:07 GMT

The defendants attempted to cover their faces as they were brought into the courtroom

A court in Egypt has cleared 26 men arrested last month in a raid on a bathhouse in Cairo and charged with "inciting debauchery".

Their trial had been seen as part of a campaign by the Egyptian authorities against the country's homosexuals.

Footage broadcast by a local TV station of the men being pulled half-naked out of the bathhouse by police outraged activists and rights groups.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Times: Drag queen shrugs off abuse

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 00:01 by Ivan Martin

Moises Ismael (left) also known as the drag queen Lakesiss.

A Paceville drag queen is challenging homophobic sentiment in the island’s clubbing district despite regularly facing abuse from revellers.

Moises Ismael, 29, from Panama, works as an entertainer and host at a gay club, AXM, in the heart of Paceville.

Mr Ismael, or Lakesiss as he is known in drag, recounts how he regularly faces offensive taunts and at times the threat of physical violence from some Paceville patrons.

“I treat people the way they treat me. I mean, I don’t hit them or offend them of course – I’m the queen. I just smile... [This is a Times Premium article. Click here to continue reading the article].