Saturday, 15 November 2014

Independent: Nationalist Party still to review loopholes in gender identity legislation
Kevin Schembri Orland, Tuesday, 4 November 2014, 14:00

The opposition will be discussing the Gender Identity Bill within the Parliamentary group, PN MP Claudette Buttigieg said yesterday.

Ms Buttigieg is currently reviewing the Gender Identity Bill and her advisors are reading through the document.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Pink News: This student’s response to being attacked for kissing his boyfriend is truly inspiring
8th November 2014, 7:20 PM by Nick Duffy

A student who was the victim of a homophobic attack has been praised for a defiant message he posted after the incident.

Cole Ledford, an undergraduate student at Ohio State University who appears on reality show Extreme Couponing, was attacked on Thursday while with his boyfriend, Jerad.

Despite taking a punch to the face and being left with a black eye, the student posted a defiant rebuttal to Twitter.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Pink News: Interview: Lord Cashman on Thatcher’s hair, returning to EastEnders and equalising the age of consent
7th November 2014, 5:57 PM by Anastasia Kyriacou, PinkNews Exclusive

Michael Cashman has had an extensive career, from appearing in EastEnders to becoming an MEP, but has an ambitious road ahead continuing the fight for equality.

PinkNews’ Anastasia Kyriacou caught up with the newly appointed Labour peer and global LGBTI envoy, to talk about performing the first gay kiss in British soap history, how he veered from EastEnders into politics and his direct impact on Tony Blair’s decision to address the ban on homosexuals in the army.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Independent: I DO Inspired by vintage. The couple Emmanuel & Stephen [includes Civil Union Video]
Friday, 7 November 2014, 12:15Last update: about 23 hours ago
Emmanuel Xuereb, 41, TV Programmes Producer and Chef, and Stephen Aquilina, 49, TV Programmes Producer. Photos Kitz Klikz by Keith Darmanin and Etienne Farrell
Emmanuel and Stephen's relationship spans over the past 17 years so they did not hesitate to apply for a Civil Union when the bill was passed last April.
"We both felt it was the next step in our relationship for a long time, however, the lack of a law acknowledging gay relationships was a stumbling block. Once the law was introduced, it was time for us to go for it," Emmanuel told I Do. In fact, they submitted their application on the same day the law was passed.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Times: Conchita Wurst coming for the Malta Eurovision Song Contest
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 07:38

Conchita Wurst, winner of last year's Eurovision Song Contest, will be coming to Malta for an appearance at the Malta Eurovision Song Contest on November 22.

The announcement was made yesterday on Xarabank, when the above video was revealed.

The contest in Malta is hosted by PBS.

Youtube: Girls going wild in red light district

This is the first video I am posting which is not related to gay (LGBT) issues, but I think that its message is very important and should make us think about what happens behind the scenes. It left me speechless - P. Attard

Published on 4 Apr 2012

So you think you will dance? Sometimes things are not what they seem. Men, women and children are trafficked - tricked, forced and exploited in the sex industry. Awareness campaign created by Duval Guillaume Modem and produced by monodot in support of STOP THE TRAFFIK. Visit to get involved. Music: a-shja by Raveyards vs. DJ Uinkxxx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

MGRM: LGBTI Community Awards Nominees
07/ 10/ 14

The announcement of the LGBTI Community Awards 2014 this past Monday has garnered much interest both in print and social media. Four questions have been repeatedly posed.

What was the reasoning behind each nominee choice?

Why was the category Spiritual/Religious Person included?

Why is Bishop Scicluna, someone who has been outspoken in his opposition to equal treatment of LGBTI persons, a nominee?

How does the MGRM view the Catholic Church?

How has the LGBTI Community reacted?

Please find our responses below:

What was the reasoning behind each nominee choice?

Collating the input from both the public and committee voting, here are the reasons for nomination of each nominee for each of the ten awards

Why was the category Spiritual/Religious Person included?

Monday, 3 November 2014

Malta Today: Nominees for first LGBTI Community Awards announced

Malta Gay Rights Movement to organise first edition of first LGBTI Community Awards later this month
3 November 2014, 11:01am by Staff Reporter

Clockwise from top left; Gabi Calleja, Luke Dimech, Charles Scicluna and Ira Losco

What do Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, pop singer Ira Losco and Prime Minister Joseph Muscat have in common? They have all been nominated for the first ever LGBTI Community Awards.

The awards ceremony will be held on 29 November and Scicluna, Losco and Muscat are among the 20 nominees in the running for six separate awards.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

All Out: The CEO of Apple did what?

 Have you seen this news
Tim Cook explained why his coming out is important, not just to him but to millions of people around the world. He said: “If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”
We need more leaders like him with the courage to take a stand for love and equality. 

Times: Yawn! Here we go again
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 11:39 by Alison Bezzina

Can you imagine if a multi million dollar global company had to declare that no matter how good its female employees are, no matter how qualified they get, no matter their experience, their skills and talents, and no matter how hard they try, they will never, ever, ever be promoted to the highest echelons of the organization, simply because they’re female?

Now imagine if in addition to this blatant and baseless gender discrimination, the same organization came out and stated that its gay employees are not entitled to the same benefits or treatment as the rest because, they are intrinsically disordered.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Times: Changes to gender identity will be made by notarial deed under new proposal
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 18:10

A public consultation on a new Gender Identity Bill was issued by the government this evening as the Bill was given a first reading in Parliament.

Public Dialogue Minister Helena Dalli explained that the government was proposing to regulate the procedure for change of legal gender for minors and adults alike.

At present, she explained, changes to documents on gender could only be made after gender reassignment surgery. However, the law would henceforth provide that, even without surgery, it shall be the right of everyone to request the Director of Public Registry to change the recorded gender and, or first name in order to reflect that person’s self-determined gender identity.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

iNews Malta: Persuna transesswali fil-konvenzjoni tal-PN: “Astensjoni oħra mhix għażla”
Albert Gauci Cunningham | 12:52 | 25.10.2014

Waqt il-Konvenzjoni tal-Partit Nazzjonalista li kompliet dalgħodu, Alex Mangion, persuna transgender, wera t-tama li fl-Att dwar il-Ġeneru (Gender Identity Bill) li se jkun qed jitressaq għall-vot fil-Parlament, il-PN ma jerġax jastjeni, bħalma għamel fil-vot dwar l-Unjoni Ċivili. “Jien tad-demm u l-laħam. Meta tiġi l-Gender Identity Bill, astensjoni oħra mhix għażla,” sostna Mangion.

Huwa spjega kemm kien ibbuljat fl-iskola u kemm kellu problemi kull darba li seta' kellu bżonn affarijiet mill-aktar bażiċi. Kompla jgħid li bl-Att dwar il-Ġeneru “ħajjitna tinbidel għax ma jkollniex għalfejn nistaħbew. Jien ma tlabtx biex insir hekk; in-natura għamltini hekk. Kunu konxji minnha u nitlobkom li tifmhuna biex ngħixu ħajja aħjar. Ninsab ċert li se tgħinu biex ikollna drittijiet aħjar,” temm jgħid Mangion għall-aprovazzjoni ta’ dawk preżenti.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Times: Gozo Bishop ‘could have been happier’ with Synod
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 09:46

Gozo Bishop Mario Grech would have been a happier man had the Synod of bishops retained the original text of a document on the Church’s relationship with gay people.

“I am happy with the document but I could have been happier with the outcome,” he said when contacted in Rome, where he attended the Synod.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

BBC News: Catholic synod: Gay rights groups 'disappointed'
19 October 2014 Last updated at 01:32 GMT

Out of media player [Video].
BBC's James Reynolds: This synod shows the Pope faces serious internal opposition

Catholic gay rights groups say they are disappointed after bishops rejected a call for wider acceptance of gay people, which had the Pope's backing.

Times: Change in bishops' attitude to gays welcomed
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 14:50

Drachma, the group for gay people and their parents, has welcomed the 'positive developments' in the Catholic Church with regard to gay people as evidenced in the Bishops' Synod, currently meeting in Rome.

It noted that the synod in its document Relatio featured a change in the tone, language and terminology used, possibly reflecting a change in the hierarchy’s attitude towards LGBT persons, their relationships and towards children of same-sex families.

President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society: Counsultation meeting


The President's Foundation for the Well-Being of Society would like to invite members of your Ngo for a consultation meeting. All the necessary information is present in the letter attached. I hope that you encourage your members to attend so we can discuss together what promotes or hinder their well-being.

Please note that the consultation meeting regarding the 30-40 age group was merged with the one concerning 20-30 and will take place on the 12th of December.

Best Regards
George Douglas Saliba

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

St James Cavalier: True Love Lies
18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 October, 1, 2 November 2014 at 8PM

Ticket Prices: €18,
Concessions: €15,
23 and 30 October shows : €12

Author: Brad Fraser
Production: Unifaun Theatre Productions
Director: Toni Attard
Certification: 16+
Cast: Ray Calleja, Jes Camilleri, Pia Zammit, Joe Azzopardi, Bettina Paris

Times: Bishops publish new policy on gays
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 07:47 by PA

Video: Reuters

Catholic bishops signalled a radical shift in tone over accepting gays into the church, saying they had gifts to offer and their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexual couples with "precious" support.

In a preliminary report, released during a Vatican meeting on family life called by Pope Francis, the bishops, including Gozo bishop Mario Grech, also said the church must welcome divorcees and recognise the "positive" aspects of civil marriages and even Catholics who cohabitate.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Times: Updated - Vatican document challenges Church to change attitude to gays
Monday, October 13, 2014, 14:31

Updated - Adds audio comments by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech who is taking part in the Synod.

In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said today that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognise positive aspects of same-sex couples.

The document, prepared after a week of discussions at an assembly of 200 bishops on the family, said the Church should challenge itself to find "a fraternal space" for homosexuals without compromising Catholic doctrine on family and matrimony.

Comments by Bishop Mario Grech [Click here for the audio clip]