Sunday, 19 June 2016

Malta Today: [WATCH] 'Walk towards Love' a reminder of the battle against intolerance, prejudice

Drachma leads candle-lit vigil to honour the 49 victims killed at the Pulse club in Orlando

 Miriam Dalli
17 June 2016, 7:53pm, Last updated on 17 June 2016, 9:17pm

Photography: Chris Mangion

Walk towards Love: Malta honours Orlando shooting victims • Video by Chris Mangion [Click on the hyperlink above to watch the video].

It was a unanimous call for more tolerance and a commitment to continue fighting against discrimination and prejudice that echoed through the message of those present for the candle-lit vigil led by Drachma.

Drachma brought together people from different walks of life to honour the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting. Candles, rainbow-coloured flags and messages of love marked the ‘walk towards Love’ from Balluta Bay to the Love monument at Spinola Bay.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Times: Candle-lit vigil to honour lives of Orlando club victims
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 17:44

A candle-lit vigil to honour the lives of those brutally killed the gay club Pulse in Orlando last weekend is being held by Drachma on Friday "as a show of strength and love".

"We will stand united #MaltaforOrlando."

The vigil will start from near the Balluta parish church at 7.30pm and with candles in hand, symbolically "walk towards Love". The solidarity walk which will come to a close at the Love monument in St Julians. US ambassador G. Kathleen Hill will be attending.

Independent: Malta Gay Pride Week 2016 hits Valletta; Prime Minister and Opposition Leader comment

Mathias Mallia, Saturday, 11 June 2016, 16:39

Malta's Pride March on the penultimate day of Malta Gay Pride Week 2016 is well underway with the march being the first in a list of three activities today.

Valletta's Republic Street is currently home to colourful banners, costumes and party floats being led by two men driving big loud motorbikes brandishing the iconic rainbow flag, and a turnout of up to 1,000 people.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat as well as Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil were in attendance at the very beginning of the parade, as well as PN MP Claudette Buttigieg and Civil Liberties Minister, Helena Dalli.

Meanwhile, independent MP, Marlene Farrugia posted the event banner on social media earlier this week saying that the new Democratic Party fully supports the event. Movement Graffiti also said in a statement earlier today that they will be attending and fully supporting the cause.

This Year's theme is "full equality" celebrating the rights obtained by the LGBTIQ community so far and calling on Maltese Society to further its positive position towards LGBTIQ rights. This year's celebration was entirely organized by NGOs

Malta was pushed to the forefront of LGBTIQ rights in the EU with the Civil Unions Bill which was established 16 April 2014.

New York Times: The Muslim Silence on Gay Rights


An Afghan-American Muslim walks into a gay club in Florida on Latin night during Pride Month. In my dreams, that is the beginning of another great story of remix, tolerance and coexistence that is possible only in America. In reality, it’s the start of a nightmare massacre fueled by hatred and perpetrated by a man from a group already scarred by a generation of suspicion and surveillance.

Whether Omar Mateen was a militant fighter financed by the Islamic State, a self-radicalized extremist or a lone wolf psychopath with a gun license, the distinction for committing the worst mass shooting in our history now belongs to an American Muslim.

Times: Progressive Malta, or a marriage of convenience?
Nationalist MEP Roberta Metsola last week described the Prime Minister’s recent gay marriage proposal as a diversionary tactic. Philip Leone-Ganado takes a look at the issue
In the heated political climate surrounding the ongoing Panama Papers scandal, the issue of gay marriage, unrelated as it is, has increasingly been politicised and caught up in the fray.

Times: Transgender girl, 8, tells her story, urges others to be brave

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 11:41 by Philip Leone Ganado
Updated June 3 with Children's Commissioner statement

[Click on the hyperlink above to watch the Video: Mark Zammit Cordina]

A new book by eight-year old transgender girl Willa Naylor, about her own experience transitioning and living with her true gender identity, was presented to ministers Helena Dalli and Evarist Bartolo this morning.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Orlando shooting: Latest attack on LGBT community

  • 13 June 2016
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Mourners at a vigil in Florida for the victims of the Orlando mass shootingImage copyrightAP
The worst mass shooting in modern American history was also a hate crime against the gay community. It's not the first time LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people have been the targets of violence.