Friday, 21 June 2013

Di-ve: Pride Week 2013: Love is Love
Article News:; 15 | 06 | 2013 at 11:18

Love is Love is the theme for this year’s Pride Week which will take place between June 17 and June 23, 2013 which will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of sodomy and moves ever closer towards the enactment of a Civil Union Bill.

This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Pride March which was first held in Malta in 2004 and this year will be held on the June 22, 2013 at 11.00h in Valletta. Representatives of all political parties have already confirmed their participation including various cabinet members. The Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties is supporting the Pride March event. Chiara, Glen Vella and Miriam Christine Borg will be performing following the March.

The week’s events will also include an LGBT festival, the launch of an It Gets Better Video, produced by the US Embassy with the participation of local activists and the annual WomenSpace event. Monaliza Lounge in Valletta will also be organising a number of parallel events throughout the week.

The report recently released by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) sheds light on the social and human rights situation of LGBT people in all EU countries including Malta. Clearly, despite increased awareness, contempt, derision and discrimination continue to be an everyday part of the lives of LGBT people in family life, employment, education and in the provision of goods and services, all because of who we love. As stated so eloquently by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, ‘for generations LGBT people have been made to feel anything but free and equal. For far too long, their suffering was met with silence in the halls of power.’

LGBT Malta said that “Love is Love is a celebration of our identities and relationships and our claim to the promise, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of a world in which all persons, irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity enjoy the protection and recognition they deserve.”

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