Gay Exiles' envoy Russell Sammut has presented the 2012 Soldier Award to equality rights activist Evarist Bartolo during this year's gay pride celebration in Sliema on Saturday.
The Hon. Bartolo has fearlessly defended the rights of Malta's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and asexual (LGBTQA) community, who continues to be treated as second class citizens under current law.
A Recipient is selected annually through a rigorous public and inter-organizational voting system in which both the general public and leading minority rights NGOs, including the Malta Gay Rights Movement, the Maltese Gay Community, Drachma and other contributors elect a member of the community who has demonstrated commitment and dedication to advance equal rights in Malta
Bartolo has campaigned and spoken publicly for many years to protect and advance human in Malta. Bartolo would have like to attend the celebrations in person as he has done in the past but had other engagements abroad.