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]

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Ways of Love: Joseanne Peregin: “Fears and hopes as a Catholic mother of a gay son – a parent’s perspective”
Pubblicato su 3 ottobre 2014 da GIONATA

Presentation by Joseanne Peregin (President of Christian Life Community, Malta – “LGBT children’s parents’s fears and expectations”) for “The ways of Love”, an International Conference towards pastoral care with homosexual and trans people (Rome, Italy, October 3, 2014).

Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined I would be giving a speech to theologians. But then again, never would I have ever dreamt that one day, I would be the mother of a gay son either. I come from the tiny island of Malta, where everybody knows everyone and most of us are traditional Catholics. I have been happily married for nearly 30 years, and am a proud mother of three children all in their 20s. I have been an active member of the Christian Life Community for over 35 years, 6 of them as president of CLC Malta.