Thursday, 26 December 2013

Times: Rainbow Support Service launched
Friday, December 6, 2013, 16:38

Photo: Reuben Piscopo, DOI

The Rainbow Support Service, a service for LGBTIQ people, has been launched by Malta Gay Rights Movement in collaboration with the US Embassy and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ.

The service will be offered from the Youth Information One Stop Shop in Valletta.

Launching the service this morning, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Stefan Buontempo, said the government had made it amply clear it believed in a free society, where everybody, irrespective of beliefs and sexual orientation could thrive.

US ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley announced a $26,000 grant to MGRM for the “Rainbow Project”.

She spoke about the US Embassy’s support for MGRM and to raise awareness of LGBTIQ rights and to combat discrimination in any form.

US policy, she said, was based on the belief that gay rights were human rights.

MGRM president Gabi Calleja thanked the ambassador and the government for their commitment to the rights of LGBTIQ community.

The Rainbow Project supports social work, youth work, psychological and legal assistance to LGBTIQ individuals. It offers consultancy training service to other professionals and entities working with the LGBTIQ people within the care sector.

The service was aimed to enhance the quality of life of LGBTIQ individuals, their families and friends through the provision of information, consultation, and psycho-social welfare services.

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