Sunday, 2 June 2013

MGRM: Pride March Invitation [22 nd June]

Pride Week 2013 - Love is Love
The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) would like to invite you to this year’s Pride March. This year’s event is planned to take place on Saturday 22nd June 2013, gathering at 10:30am in Great Siege Square, Valletta.

Pride is a symbolic manifestation which is held in many different cities around the world. It aims to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their integral role in the societies where they live.

Love is Love is the theme for this year’s Pride Week as Malta commemorates the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of sodomy and moves ever closer towards the enactment of a Civil Union Bill that will hopefully grant meaningful recognition and rights to same-sex couples. 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’. 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.
This is the tenth consecutive year that this event is being organised and your participation is a clear sign of your commitment to respect for diversity and equality in Maltese society and around the world.

For further information please contact MGRM on 9925 5559 or visit our website or email us on

Best regards,

Gabi Calleja

MGRM Coordinator

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