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02/ 04/ 15
Gender Identity Bill approved unanimously

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The Gender Identity Bill was unanimously adopted by the House of Representatives this evening.

Both government and opposition voted for the bill when it was moved for third reading by Equal Opportunities Minister Helena Dalli.

When she introduced the bill early in February, Ms Dalli explained how one would henceforth not require a medical intervention to be recognised in the gender with which one identified. It shall be everyone’s right to request the Director of the Public Registry to change the recorded gender and, or, first name, to reflect that person’s self-determined gender identity.

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02/ 04/ 15
Landmark Gender Identity Act makes international headlines

maltatoday.com.mt

The passing of a new law yesterday, which removes the arguably extreme legal requirements for transgender, intersex and genderqueer people to have their gender identity recognized by the state, will have a profoundly positive effect on the lives of those who make use of it. 

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28/ 05/ 14
Civil Union Act - Information and FAQs

The Civil Union Act is now in law here in Malta and many questions have arisen. To address these, the link below will direct you to part of the Government website which should answer many of your questions. Should you find you're still not clear or cannnot find an answer to your specifc question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Click here for more detailed information on Public Registry

Click here for the FAQs

17/ 05/ 14
International day against homophobia and transphobia

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The IDAHO Forum 2014 in Malta was attended by some 250 delegates from around Europe...17 countries have signed the IDAHO Declaration of Intent 

Tomorrow – 17 May – is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).  It is every government’s duty to reflect on the progress achieved as well as the road ahead to ensure that homophobia and transphobia are no more. 

During the past year, Government was proactive on LGBTI issues, as clearly shown by ILGA- Europe’s findings that Malta was the country that progressed the fastest on LGBTI legislative developments, followed by Montenegro.

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17/ 05/ 14
PN calls for further education to overcome homophobia

maltatoday.com.mt

The Nationalist Party’s equal opportunities forum today called for further education to defeat Homophobia and Transphobia.

In a statement issued to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the PN forum noted that despite the progress achieved in the struggle against discrimination, persons around the world “remain persecuted, isolated and abused because of their sexuality or gender identity.”

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16/ 05/ 14
Malta, Sweden co-host forum against homophobia

independent.com.mt

The 2nd IDAHO Forum kicked in this week at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.

This international conference being held between the 13th and 14th of May is co-hosted between Malta and Sweden and is being attended by various ministers and delegates from different countries including Sweden, Ireland, Holland, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Denmark, Albania and Luxemburg. Various other government delegations from the majority of the EU countries are also participating.

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14/ 05/ 14
EP co-president describes Malta as an 'example to the West' on LGBTI rights

maltatoday.com.mt

The second day of IDAHO, an international conference against homophobia and transphobia, kicked off at the Malta Conference Centre today.

Michael Cashman, MEP and co-president of the LGBT intergroup in the European Parliament, had words of praise to the great strides Malta made in LGBTI rights, saying that the inclusion of gender identity in its constitution made Malta as an example to Western countries.

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14/ 05/ 14
Society has to change mindset to eradicate homophobia

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Changing laws was not enough to eradicate homophobia but society also had to change its mindset, Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said today.

“It helps to have the laws in place but people are still suffering,” he said during an event organised this afternoon by the Malta College for Arts, Science and Technology against homophobic bullying.

There were people who had even contemplated suicide because of the bullying they had to endure.

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14/ 05/ 14
Partnership for equality

timesofmalta.com

Today, as the ministers responsible for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) issues and as representatives of the Maltese and Swedish governments, we are hosts to the European IDAHO 2014 Forum to strengthen work on LGBTI rights in Europe.

It is our pleasure that Malta and Sweden have joined forces and are now pushing together to advance LGBTI issues in Europe. Previously, we often adopted different positions on LGBTI rights, but can now state that together we want to improve the situation of millions of Europeans.

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14/ 05/ 14
17 countries join declaration against discrimination in Malta forum

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Government representatives from 17 countries have signed a declaration against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, closing a two-day forum held in Malta.

According to the Declaration of Intent, the signatories pledged the adoption of legislative measures to fight discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, prosecute hate-motivated crimes and consult NGOs defending LGBTI rights.

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13/ 05/ 14
A full-time commitment against homophobia

maltatoday.com.mt

This week Malta will be hosting the second European Forum on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO 2014 Forum).

One of my initial foreign engagements as minister was the first IDAHO Forum in The Hague, last May. I recall how Malta stood out as a signatory of the IDAHO Forum declaration, calling on the European Commission to adopt a common policy approach on a European level to combat discrimination on the basis on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

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13/ 05/ 14
Prime Minister calls for end to transphobia and homophobia

maltatoday.com.mt

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called for an end to transphobia and homophobia and lauded a joint declaration of intent being proposed by Malta and Sweden in order to combat discrimination and ensure the LGBTI community enjoys its rights.

Addressing the second IDAHO forum commemorating the international day against homophobia, Muscat welcomed representatives of various governments to Malta, including the Swedish Minister for Integration Erik Ullenhag.

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13/ 05/ 14
‘Malta is a political leader in LGBTI rights’ – Swedish Minister

maltatoday.com.mt

Malta should serve as an example to other countries who are lacking in LGBTI rights, Swedish Minister for Integration Erik Ullenhag said this evening.
Opening the second IDAHO forum commemorating the international day against Homophobia (17 May) being held in Valletta, Ullenhag described the Minister for Civil Liberties Helena Dalli as an influential political leader through the work done the past year.
“Ten years ago Malta and Sweden differed substantially on LGBTI issues and civil rights. Now we’re on the same line of thought,” the Swedish minister said.

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17/ 01/ 13
AD for full equality on LGBT rights

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Alternattiva Demokratika is the only party for full equality on LGBT rights, Angele Deguara, spokeswoman for social policy and civil rights said this morning.

Ms Deguara said that AD’s manifesto will include same-sex marriage, non-discrimination for IVF treatment and equal adoption rights for same-sex couples proposals.

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15/ 01/ 13
Muscat not against adoptions by gay couples

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Labour leader Joseph Muscat is not against gay couples adopting children, as long as that is in the child’s best interest.

Replying to questions from The Times staff yesterday, Dr Muscat said the important thing was for the child to have a loving and caring family, irrespective of the adoptive parents’ sexual orientation.

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15/ 01/ 13
Gay adoptions – experts should decide what is in children’s best interest

maltatoday.com.mt

Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said adoption rights to parents should be guided by experts' evaluations of what is in the best interest of children.

Gonzi was replying to questions from MaltaToday over Joseph Muscat's stance in favour of gay adoption.

"Any such evaluation by experts should be free of any prejudice towards any sexual orientation," Gonzi said, whose government's bill to regulate cohabiting partnerships came under fire by gay couples

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11/ 10/ 12
Mellieha gay jibes case - 'A very negative message'

independent.com.mt

Malta Gay Rights Movement coordinator Gabi Calleja said yesterday that the gay jibes court case involving a Mellieħa man who was let off with a slap on the wrist after trying to run down a drunk Australian sends a very negative message to any victim of violent crime.

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10/ 10/ 12
‘Mellieha honour’ ruling sent message that homophobia can be condoned – MGRM

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‘Disconcerting that the court thinks harassing someone verbally on one single occasion justifies such a violent and extreme reaction which resulted in a permanent disability’ - gay rights movement.

A court decision yesterday to conditionally discharge a man on attempted murder charges, because he had been 'provoked' by homophobic taunts on the part of the victim, sent the message that homophobia can be condoned in certain circumstances, according to the Malta Gay Rights Movement's coordinator Gabi Calleja.

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28/ 08/ 12
Cohabitation bill disappoints gays

maltatoday.com.mt

The Cohabitation Bill proposed by Justice Minister Chris Said will allow for registration of gay couples but does not recognize gay civil partnerships and falls short of what gays have expected and demanded.

MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando who has resigned from the PN and declared himself independent wrote on Facebook after the bill was made public today: “The proposed bill which provides for the regulation of cohabitation is a long-overdue step in the right direction. I may be proposing some amendments at the appropriate moment during the forthcoming parliamentary debate.”

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28/ 08/ 12
'Ftit wisq' - Gabi Calleja

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Gabi Calleja, koordinatriċi tal-Malta Gay Rights Movement, qalet li tinsab iddiżappuntata bl-abbozz ta' liġi dwar il-koabitazzjoni, imniedi iktar kmieni llum. 

Calleja qalet li wara konsultazzjoni li kellhom dwar din il-liġi, idaħħal ftit wisq minn dak li proponew. Calleja qalet li hi tħoss li xorta se jkun hemm diżugwaljanza sħiħa bejn koppji tal-istess sess u koppji eterosesswali.

“Aħna dejjem sostnejna li l-inqas aċċettabbli għall-komunità gay huwa li jkollok 'civil union',” kompliet Calleja.

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28/ 08/ 12
Cohabitation Bill launched: Gay couples ‘are not a family’ – Chris Said

independent.com.mt

Cohabitation is a state of fact, a choice made by several couples and a social reality, and the government is therefore obliged to regulate it by law, said Justice and Family Minister Chris Said yesterday.

Nevertheless, a gay couple is not a family: “It is not the government’s intention to have a gay couple on the same level as a family,” Dr Said remarked.

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28/ 08/ 12
Bill based on ‘what our society accepts’

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The State will not recognise cohabiting partners on the same level as families bourne out of marriage under a proposed law on cohabitation.

The long-awaited Bill published yesterday by Justice Minister Chris Said introduces the idea of a “civil cohabitation partnership essentially a registered contract between two people.

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21/ 08/ 12
AD endorses MGRM’s position on marriage equality

maltatoday.com.mt

Alternattiva Demokratika said it will be fully endorsing the Malta Gay Rights Movement’s (MGRM) position regarding marriage equality and parenthood.

AD Chairman Michael Briguglio gave his condolences to Dom Mintoff’s family and family. “It  was under his leadership in  1973 that the policy to improve the situation for LGBT persons was implemented. It was then that the ball started rolling.”

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31/ 07/ 12
MGRM: IVF bill discriminates against gays

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The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) said on Tuesday that the Embryo Protection Act is blatantly discriminatory on the basis of sexual orientation and is inherently homophobic in nature. MGRM said that the bill to regulate IVF in Malta “believes that by excluding same sex couples and single persons from its definition of prospective parents the Act goes against basic human rights principles such as the right to found a family.”

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31/ 07/ 12
IVF bill 'discriminatory' - MGRM

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The Embryo Protection Act is blatantly discriminatory on the basis of sexual orientation and inherently homophobic in nature, the Malta Gay Rights Movement said.

It said in a statement that by excluding same sex couples and single persons from its definition of prospective parents, it goes against basic human rights principles such as the right to found a family.

States should take all necessary measures to ensure the right to found a family, including through access to adoption or assisted procreation (including donor insemination), without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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31/ 07/ 12
IVF law ‘inherently homophobic’ – gay rights movement

maltatoday.com.mt

The Malta Gay Rights Movement has hit out at Malta's draft law for the regulation of in vitro fertilization, claiming the Embryo Protection Bill is discriminatory against gay parents and "inherently homophobic in nature".

MGRM coordinator Gabi Calleja said the exclusion of same-sex couples and single persons from the eligible prospective parents as defined in the law, went against basic human rights principles such as the right to found a family.

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30/ 06/ 12
Video: Colourful Gay Pride parade in Sliema

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The Malta Gay Rights Movement is this morning holding its annual Pride Parade, this time in Sliema.

About 150 people are taking part, marching behind a colourful arch made of balloons, and a corps of drums. Many of the participants are blowing whistles as they walk from Surfside towards St Anne Square.

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21/ 06/ 12
MGRM welcomes new hate crime legislation

maltastar.com

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) said on Wednesday morning that it welcomes the passing of Hate Crime Legislation that extends the scope of this law from race and creed to also include sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill was approved by parliament last night.

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20/ 06/ 12
MGRM welcomes approval of hate crime law

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The Malta Gay Rights Movement has welcomed the passing of Hate Crime legislation in Parliament that extends the scope of this law from race and creed to also include sexual orientation and gender identity. The Bill was approved by parliament last night.

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20/ 06/ 12
Gay rights movement welcomes passing of hate crimes amendments

maltatoday.com.mt

The Malta Gay Rights Movement has welcomed the passing of hate crime amendments to the Criminal Code which extend the scope of the law from race and creed to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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13/ 06/ 12
Straight talking on gay rights

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Leading gay rights activist Gabi Calleja speaks of the emergence of a gay vote, describes civil partnership legislation as a “deal-breaker” and warns that homophobic attacks are likely to increase. Bertrand Borg reports.

Malta Gay Rights Movement coordinator Gabi Calleja may pepper her conversation with coy smiles, but behind the self-effacing exterior lies a woman unwilling to minceher words.

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30/ 05/ 12
Astounding 41% agree with same-sex marriage

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60% of 18 to 34-year-olds agree with the introduction of marriage for same-sex couples, in a clear indication of a generation gap in values that finds just 23% of those over 55 years in similar agreement.

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29/ 05/ 12
Maltese MEPs vote in favour of EU resolution condemning homophobic laws, discrimination

maltatoday.com.mt

MGRM has welcomed the vote of support taken by the Maltese MEPs in favour of a resolution which condemns homophobic laws and discrimination in Europe.

The resolution was adopted by the European Parliament and supported by all the five mainstream political groups.

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25/ 05/ 12
Woman of courage award for head of Malta Gay Rights Movement

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Malta Gay Rights Movement coordinator Gabi Calleja has been presented with the Internatioanl Woman of Courage award by the US government.

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15/ 05/ 12
Hate crime amendments in parliamentary limbo four months on

Government's rapid response in February to separate incidents targeting gay people has still not been backed up by any legal implementation, as parliament got bogged down by a political stalemate.

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02/ 03/ 12
Amendments to hate crime legislation being moved on Monday

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A number of amendments to various laws are to be moved in Parliament by Justice Minister Chris Said on Monday.

Addressing a news conference, the minister said he will be presenting amendments to the Civil Code to widen the description of an aggravated crime.

Currently crime is aggravated when it is the result of xenophobia. This will be expanded to include gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, colour, language, ethnic origin, religion or belief or political or other opinion.

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02/ 03/ 12
Hate crimes amendments ‘major step in human rights development

maltatoday.com.mt

Updated with statements by aditus, MGRM and supporting NGOs.

Three weeks since Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi announced a review of hate crimes in the wake of the Hamrun assault on a gay couple, Justice Minister Chris Said today announced the Bill amending the Criminal Code that is to be presented in Parliament next Monday for its first reading.

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02/ 03/ 12
Give gay couples the right to marry

timesofmalta.com

This country of ours is still struggling to free itself from the shackles that bind the political class with the Catholic Church.

Don’t get me wrong. The Catholic Church, locally, has had a profound, positive impact on our society. It has been contributing in areas which range from education to the care of the elderly and the disabled for centuries, often stepping in to fill the gaps left open by the government. However, the policies of our political parties should not be adapted in such a way as to ensure that the metaphorical feathers of the Catholic hierarchy in Malta, which leans towards the conservative when compared with the rest of the Universal Church, are left unruffled.

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19/ 02/ 12
Hate crime legislation will not privilege gay people

independent.com.mt

The article by Stephen Calleja entitled “Will homosexuals now be privileged?” (TMIS, 12 February), among other things asserted that introducing hate crime on the ground of sexual orientation would somehow privilege gay people over heterosexuals.

Let us start with the facts. Hate crime legislation already exists in Maltese law. It was transposed into Maltese law as part of the acquis communitaire when Malta joined the European Union in 2004. 

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19/ 02/ 12
Hate crimes: words into action

independent.com.mt

The recent announcement that one of the most outstanding inconsistencies in Malta’s civil, or indeed human, rights legislation – the utter lack of protection for its citizens against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation – is to be addressed was a most welcome piece of news.

It is now time to put the fine words uttered that day into action, and without delay because lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people have been made to wait too long to be accorded the full rights at law that they deserve as human beings and citizens of this country.

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16/ 02/ 12
Maltese-run orphanage stops adoption for singles

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A Maltese Church-run Ethiopian orphanage, from where several people have adopted children, has decided to stop adoptions by single people.

“The country’s (Ethiopia) laws do not refuse adoptions by Maltese single parents. However, the contact through which Maltese are adopting in Ethiopia is currently accepting couples only,” Appoġġ Agency said.

The issue was raised by columnist Alison Bezzina in a timesofmalta.com blog. Ms Bezzina alluded to the fact that the change in policy came from the Maltese Church and may have been aimed at stopping gay people from adopting children from the orphanage.

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13/ 02/ 12
Attacks on gays: Victims urged to come forward

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A 16-year-old lesbian girl who was attacked a month ago while in Ħamrun with her girlfriend is urging those harassed because of their sexual orientation to speak up, as she did.

The teenager, who became known by the fictitious name Amy, said she was positively surprised by the reaction to her story. Over the past month there were several condemnations, a protest and political pledges to strengthen laws protecting gay people from hate crimes.

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12/ 02/ 12
Violence against women still rampant in Malta – women’s organisations

independent.com.mt

The Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) said yesterday that “yet again” it has been compelled to voice its concern about recent violent incidents against women.

Within the space of a few weeks, the MCWO said, two girls in Hamrun were assaulted in a public square followed by the incident on the Arriva bus where another two young women were physically attacked.

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11/ 02/ 12
Children of God?

timesofmalta.com

Please forgive me if I'm wrong, but I'm going to assume that you're one of those people who don't give a hoot about same sex marriage.

I'm also going to assume, that whilst you don't mind two consenting adults getting married regardless of their gender, you draw the line at adoption.

In fact, chances are that you'd be ok with legalising same sex marriage but only if it didn't include the right to adopt children.

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07/ 02/ 12
Xufier imkeċċi wara l-involviment tiegħu f’inċident vjolenti

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Marco Borg ta’ 43 sena minn Birkirkara, xufier tal-Arriva li nhar il-Ġimgħa, wara x-xogħol, kien qiegħed fuq karozza tal-linja fi triqtu lejn id-dar bħala passiġġier, tkeċċa mill-kumpanija wara li lbie­raħ tressaq il-Qorti mixli li pprova jikkawża ġrieħi fuq żewġ tfajliet.

Kompli

07/ 02/ 12
Arriva dismisses driver involved in incident with passenger: Company has zero-tolerance policy for violence of any sort

independent.com.mt

As a YouTube video of a fight between a bus driver and a passenger spread like wildfire on social networking websites yesterday, Arriva said the driver is no longer employed by the company. Allegedly, the incident was an attack against two girls in a relationship.

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07/ 02/ 12
Bus driver sacked over ‘assault’ on two women

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An off-duty bus driver lost his job after he allegedly assaulted two young women in what Arriva said “seems to have been a case of homophobia”.

Part of the incident was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube by a passenger.

The incident occurred on Friday afternoon on the Naxxar route bus and Marco Borg, 43, was charged in court the following day. But the whole story only came to light yesterday when amateur footage was posted on the video-sharing website by a witness.

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07/ 02/ 12
Hate crime laws probed

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Proposed changes to hate crime laws, to include acts motivated by gender and sexual orientation, are being analysed by the Attorney General and the Justice Ministry’s legal experts.

Malta Gay Rights Movement coordinator Gabi Calleja said this emerged during a meeting held with Justice Minister Chris Said on Friday.

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07/ 02/ 12
LGBT Labour calls for legislation to protect gay people

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LGBT Labour's spokesperson Cyrus Engerer said negative attitude towards homosexual people can only be changed if the state recognised their status.

"It's not possible for a mentality of a country to change if the laws of that same country remain unchanged," Engerer said.

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07/ 02/ 12
Government to tighten laws against hate crime

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Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said today that he had instructed Justice Minister Chris Said to embark on a consultation process to see whether the laws to prevent hate crime could be strengthened.

In a statement this afternoon, Dr Gonzi said he was speaking because there had been two incidents over the past three weeks which could have been motivated by homophobia.

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07/ 02/ 12
Prime Minister announces review of hate crimes

maltatoday.com.mt

The Prime Minister announced this afternoon in an impromptu press conference that the government will be legislating against hate crimes motivated by homophobia.

Lawrence Gonzi said he has asked minister for justice Chris Said to initiate a review and strengthening of current laws, and make the necessary consultation to take the necessary legal steps

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03/ 02/ 12
MGRM Committee met Minister Chris Said

The MGRM Committee met Minister Chris Said on Friday 3rd where we discussed the following points:

  1. MGRM’s position on Marriage Equality: MGRM made it clear that we oppose cohabitation law and insisted the only framework which recognises same-sex couples as equal is Civil Marriage. The Minister will be looking at the details of the Position Paper and its implications.
  2. MGRM's proposal for a Gender Identity Act, which was tabled in Parliament by Evarist Bartolo: Dr Said will be going through the proposal into more detail.
  3. The extension of the NCPE remit to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression: Minister Said will be working on this and gave us a timeframe of two months for it to be discussed in Parliament and related legislation amended.
  4. Malta's position and support for the proposal for a Council Directive on the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation: It was agreed that Minister and MGRM will continue with the consultation to develop a proposal for this legislation.
  5. The extension of hate crime legislation: MGRM suggested amendments to the Criminal Code, Chapter 9 of the Laws of Malta in relation to hate crimes to include crimes motivated on the grounds of gender and sexual orientation. The Minister said that all agreed on the principle of this legislation and has already submitted the suggested amendments to the Attorney General and the Ministry's legal experts for their feedback.
  6. MGRM’s Think Before You Speak Campaign: Minister Said told MGRM that he will be mentioning the Campaign in Parliament to raise awareness about the Campaign and its messages

 The documents mentioned above can be found on MGRM's website: maltagayrights.org

01/ 02/ 12
Lesbian attack ‘an opportunity’

timesofmalta.com

The recent attack on two teenagers, who were targeted because of their sexual orientation, provides Malta’s leaders with the opportunity to condemn such violence, according to US human rights politician Daniel Baer.

“Focusing on the legal aspect is important but there is a broader commitment... There is an opportunity for leaders to speak out and condemn violence against anyone and pass on the message that it will not be tolerated,” he said.

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29/ 01/ 12
Minister, gay movement to meet over hate crime

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The Justice Minister will this week meet Malta Gay Rights Movement members to discuss the inclusion of gay hate crime in Maltese law.

The social network community has been calling for more extensive legislation which includes hate crime on the basis of sexual orientation

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26/ 01/ 12
Hamrun demonstration calls for broader hate crime law

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A demonstration calling for hate crime legislation to include crime motivated by gender or sexual orientation, was held in Hamrun this evening in the wake of a recent assault on two lesbian girls.

The peaceful event, which drew some 50 people, was organised by the Malta Gay Rights Movement in association with a number of other groups including Drachma, Aditus, Integra, Moviment Graffitti, AD Youths and the We Are Students' Group.

Several of those who took part carried placards or candles.

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26/ 01/ 12
LGBT persons demand the right to feel safe

maltastar.com

Around 100 persons braved the cold on Thursday evening in St Paul’s Square Hamrun to call on the Minister of Justice to extend the scope of crime legislation to include other grounds such as hate crimes against Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans gender (LGBT) persons. Three weeks earlier in the same square three young people insulted and attacked a young lesbian couple for being lesbian.

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23/ 01/ 12
NGOs call for ‘hate crime’ to also cover anti-gay acts

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An attack on a 16-year-old lesbian yesterday provoked calls for the concept of gay hate crime to be included in Maltese laws.

“In many countries, such an assault would be investigated as a hate crime but Malta has yet to extend hate crime legislation to include the grounds of homophobia and transphobia,” the Malta Gay Rights Movement and the human rights lobby Aditus said in a joint statement.

Their reaction, accompanied by that of hundreds of people on the internet, came after The Sunday Times reported on the attack in which the girl, pseudonymously named Amy, and her girlfriend were beaten in Ħamrun specifically because of their sexual orientation.

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23/ 01/ 12
NCPE condemns attack on girl in Hamrun

maltatoday.com.mt

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality condemns the violent attack on 16-year old lesbian girl in Hamrun.

The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) condemned the violent incident that occurred on Friday in Hamrun on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

On Friday a 16-year-old lesbian and her girlfriend were attacked by two young men in Ħamrun. The girl was apparently attacked of her sexual orientation.

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22/ 01/ 12
NGOs call for urgent homophobic hate crime legislation

maltatoday.com.mt

The Malta Gay Rights Movement, Aditus and Drachma condemn act of violence on girl in Hamrun.

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) and human rights organisation Aditus, strongly condemned the act of violence that took place in Hamrun against two young women on Friday 13 January as reported in the Sunday Times and expressed their solidarity with the victims and their families.

On Friday a 16-year-old lesbian and her girlfriend were attacked by two young men in Ħamrun. The girl was apparently attacked of her sexual orientation.

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22/ 01/ 12
MGRM and aditus: Need of Homophobic and Transphobic hate crime laws

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) and aditus strongly condemn the act of violence that took place in Hamrun against two young women on Friday 13thJanuary and would like to express their solidarity with the victims and their families.
 
In many countries, such an assault would be investigated as a hate crime but Malta has yet to extend hate crime legislation to include the grounds of homophobia and transphobia.
 
MGRM and aditus said that violence on lesbian, gay and trans people is not an uncommon occurrence although most incidents do not get reported to the police or featured in newspapers. “Trust in the police force is an essential factor in encouraging and enabling LGBT victims to come forward and report such crimes. For this reason, how the police react to this assault, also has an effect on the reporting of other similar incidents. We therefore hope that charges will be brought against the perpetrators and that the assault is treated with the seriousness it deserves.”

22/ 01/ 12
Thugs attack lesbian, 16, on a bench

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A 16-year-old lesbian was sitting on a bench with her girlfriend in Ħamrun when two young men attacked her and dragged her by the hair because of her sexual orientation.

“It was a horrible experience... All of a sudden one of the boys picked me up and punched me in my eye... He grabbed me my breasts then head-butted my nose and threw me onto the ground, grabbed my hair and pulled me across the ground,” Amy* told The Sunday Times

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19/ 01/ 12
Early elections triggers race for gay vote – MGRM

maltatoday.com.mt

The prospect of early elections may influence the official positions of political parties regarding legalising civil unions between same-sex couples, according to Malta Gay Rights Movement co-ordinator Gabi Calleja: who confirmed she has already received a call for a meeting with the social policy ministry.

Last week, MGRM presented its position paper on marriage equality, insisting that the legal definition of civil marriage should not remain gender specific. The position paper, penned by aditus chairman Neil Falzon, seeks to spark a national discussion on the recognition of marriage equality in Malta - "a much needed discussion", Calleja insists.

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16/ 01/ 12
Forms of legal recognition

timesofmalta.com

There are three forms of legal recognition for gay couples that include: marriage equality, registered partnerships and cohabitation.

About 33 per cent of EU member states recognise some form of registered or civil partnership, 26 per cent grant basic cohabitation rights, 13 per cent recognise full marriage equality and 28 per cent have no form of legal recognition. Malta falls under the last category together with Italy, Greece and Turkey, among others.

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15/ 01/ 12
L-MGRM determinata li tkompli bl-isforzi tagħha

orizzont.com.mt

“Dejjem għexna bis-sigriet”

L-MGRM (Malta Gay Rights Movement) hija determinata li tkompli bl-isforzi tagħha, anke jekk dawn jieħdu x-xhur u s-snin, biex tikseb l-għan li qiegħda taħdem għalih, jiġifieri li l-awtoritajiet jirrikonoxxu r-relazzjoni ta’  mħabba li teżisti bejn koppji tal-istess.

L-MGRM ilha tissielet għar-rikonoxximent legali ta’ koppji tal-istess sess u l-familji tagħhom sa mit-twaqqif tagħ­ha, fl-2001.

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14/ 01/ 12
MGRM appeals for civil unions for same-sex couples

independent.com.mt

In a report which aims to highlight the injustice created by the current scenario and appeal for marriage equality, the Malta Gay Rights Movement is appealing for same-sex couples to be allowed to marry civilly.

The aim of the position paper on marriage equality, which was launched yesterday, is to provide input to a national discussion on the recognition of marriage equality in Malta and ultimately that civil marriage is permitted, as for different-sex couples.

As it is, just three EU member states lag behind Malta in the Rainbow Europe Country Index, which rates each country’s laws and administrative practices which protect or violate the human rights of LGBT people, based on 16 different categories.

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13/ 01/ 12
Civil marriages should not remain gender specific - MGRM

timesofmalta.com

Malta Gay Rights Movement has launched a position paper on marriage equality in which it is asking that the legal definition of civil unions does not remain gender specific.

Lawyer Neil Falzon, who was commissioned to draw up the paper, emphasised that it tackled civil union and was not, in any way, asking the Church to redefine its understanding of marriage.

He noted that allowing gay people to marry civilly would grant them full equality and would grant them access to a whole range of rights that come with signing a marriage contract.

These rights - such as the right to adopt, inheritance and pensions - were not necessarily covered through the cohabitation law government has promised.

Gabi Calleja, from the movement, pointed out that cohabitation law did not recognise the relationship between the couple.

"No harm ensues to society from the granting of equal rights to same-sex couples and therefore any delay can not be morally justified... Equality is not a luxury, it is a basic human right and the time for it is now," she said.

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13/ 01/ 12
Gay rights movement ‘optimistic’ about same-sex marriage legislation

maltatoday.com.mt

The Malta Gay Rights Movement has presented a position paper advocating the best options for the legislation of same-sex marriage and families in Malta.

The author of the paper, aditus chairman Neil Falzon, said the movement was feeling more optimistic about the introduction of same-sex marriage in Malta since the introduction of divorce.

The paper provides a legal framework for same-sex couples to be married and enjoy the rights and obligations that are incumbent upon married couples.

"Marriage is no longer being defined as a lifelong commitment," Falzon said referring to the recent divorce law introduced last year. "This means it can be revisited again and be redefined to include same-sex marriages."

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13/ 01/ 12
MGRM: we want same sex couples to have same rights and status of opposite sex couples

maltastar.com

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) said that today presented a position paper on marriage equality in favour of giving same-sex couples the same status and rights available to opposite sex couples and their children. Gabi Calleja said: “The discrimination experienced by same-sex couples is no longer tenable in today’s world and we will not cease our efforts until our goal has been achieved whether this takes months, years or even decades.”

She said that as a movement “we have always expressed our dissatisfaction with a potential cohabitation law that failed to recognise same-sex couples not on the basis of living in the same household but because of their relationship to each other.”

Calleja said she hoped that the position paper on marriage equality prepared by MGRM “will give rise to a reasoned and much needed debate that is respectful of our relationships and the families we create and that is based on secular and human rights rather than religious discourse.”

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19/ 11/ 11
MGRM 'doubtful' on PN move to grant rights to gay couples

Di-ve: 

The Malta Gay Rights Movement expressed doubt on whether the Nationalist Party's bid to grant rights to non-married couples, including same-sex ones, was ...

18/ 11/ 11
Sexual orientation-based persecution not adequately addressed in asylum procedures

Times: by Bertrand Borg

Existing European asylum procedures do not adequately provide for gender and sexual orientation-based persecution, Europea...

14/ 11/ 11
Persuni transġeneri: Id-drittijiet jibqgħu fuq l-ixkaffa

L-Orizzont: 

Il-persuni transġeneri f’pajjiż­na, li qegħdin ikollhom jgħaddu minn battalji u proċessi twal fil-Qorti biex ibiddlu l-karti uffiċjali tagħhom biex dawn jirriflettu l-ġeneru prop­rju tagħhom, jidher li se jkollhom jistennew...

13/ 11/ 11
Members of MGRM, University LGBT Group We Are and Drachma Parents' Group participate in ILGA-Europe Annual Conference in Turin

Di-ve: 

Five Maltese Representatives from MGRM, We Are and Drachma Parents' Group participated in the 15th ILGA-Europe Annual Conference held in Turin between 27 and 30 October 2011.This was attended by 343 lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI)...
10/ 11/ 11
MGRM says proposed changes do not go far enough

Times: 

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) has welcomed reports that an amendment to legislation will do away with the current practice of appointing a court expert to verify irreversible sex reassignment.However, the move...

10/ 11/ 11
New step in recognising transgenders’ identity welcomed

MaltaToday: 

The amendments will do away with the current practice of appointing a court expert to verify irreversible sex r...

10/ 11/ 11
PN seeks rights for gay couples

 


The Nationalist Party yesterday announced its intention – as part of its 2011 general council proposals – to press for legislation concerning non-married, including homosexual, cou...

 

09/ 11/ 11
Dualism hinders gender emancipation

Times: 

It is only a matter of time before the Church becomes more open to gay rights and sex before marriage but first the idea that the body is separat...
02/ 11/ 11
Legal amendments to facilitate transsexual changeover period bit.ly

The Justice Ministry will be presenting an amendment to legislation in parliament in order to facilitate the changeover process for transsexuals.Speaking to this newspaper, Justice Minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici said that transsexual people will, as 
...
 
29/ 10/ 11
Malta to extend EU asylum standards to transgender people

MaltaStar: 

Malta will be changing its rules when considering applications for asylum after the European Parliament formally adopted a new set of asylum rules for the European Union that now include gender identity as a ground of persecution.The resolution ...
20/ 10/ 11
JPO on gay adoption: What’s the issue all about?

Independent: 

Four politicians, three of whom are MPs, argued in favour of civil unions for gay and lesbian people yesterday, and among other things, they raised the issue of gay adoption, with Nationalist MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando asking: ... 

19/ 10/ 11
Survey shows majority of University students back same-sex marriage - Three MPs in favour of recognition of gay couples

Times:

Three MPs this morning spoke in favour of legislation which would recognise gay couples and grant them some rights.The MPs, Jeffr...
14/ 10/ 11
Equal Rights for All

MaltaStar:

There are citizens amongst us who are still deprived of the rights that the rest of us enjoy. Before the General Elections of 8th March 2008, the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) requested all political parties to commit themselves to legalise...

11/ 10/ 11
It’s not easy being Green

MaltaToday: 

Briguglio also questions the other parties’ commitment to civil and gay rights.“We are the only party with clear policies on the LGBT community - the PN has...

09/ 10/ 11
Sudaniż jammetti flok għadda ġuri li stupra żagħżugħ - Ikkundannat disa’ snin ħabs

L-Orizzont: 

Ahmed Issa, ta’ 23 sena mis-Sudan, ilbieraħ kien ikkundannat disa’ snin ħabs, wara li ammetta flok għadda ġuri li stupra żagħ­żugħ Franċiż ta’ 18-il sena. Il-każ kien seħħ fil-lejl ta’ bejn it-2 u t-3 ta’ Frar tal-2008. Dakinhar tal-inċident, il-vittma kien ...
06/ 10/ 11
Bullied for sexual orientation

There are far too many instances in Maltese schools of bullying due to sexual orientation, according to Labour education spokesman Evarist Bartolo.Mr Bartolo made the statement to mark the International...

04/ 10/ 11
Mard trasmess sesswalment iktar reżisteni għall-antibijotiċi

It-Torċa: minn Victor Vella

Quddiem il-mod kif żdiedu l-każi ta' mard trasmess sesswalment fosthom il-Gonor-r-hoeae u l-Chlamydia, fl-aħħar jiem it-tobba Maltin kienu "mwissijin li ċerti tipi ta' mard trasmess sesswalment saru reżistenti għall-antibijotiċi...
02/ 10/ 11
Never mind white lies

Try lies as black as Hades, of the sort AFP indulges in. Here is the concluding sentence of one of its reports, which was carried in last Monday's edition of The Times. "The Pope has used his trip to...

01/ 10/ 11
Minority Report - Neil Falzon

“Most people working in the field of human rights – we suffer from the delusion that we can save the world.” Neil Falzon flashes a bashful smile – perhaps in reaction to my expression.

“It’s true,” he says. “We think that if we stop, many people will suffer. Of course on the one hand you have to feel that what you do is incredibly important – otherwise how can you bring energy to your work? And in my case,” he smiles again, “how would I shrug off criticism that I am a do-gooder, African-lover, traitor of the Maltese nation?”

As the former head of the Malta branches of the UNHCR and Amnesty International, Neil is used to such accusations. Neither do they seem to dampen his outspokenness. At a recent conference organized by the European Parliament in Rhodes, he was vociferous in his criticism of Frontex, the European Union agency for external border security, and reminded everyone present that asylum, ultimately, is about offering protection.

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01/ 08/ 11
Towards The Mainstream - Gabi Calleja

She’s well-known for her outspoken views and tireless activism but Gabi Calleja, the coordinator of MGRM, longs for the day when the Malta Gay Rights Movement will no longer need to exist. Text by Louisa Bartolo

“I remember walking up and down the carpark three times before entering a gay bar for the first time,” says Gabi Calleja. Now well-known as coordinator of the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM), it seems strange to think of a time when she might not have been at ease with her sexuality.

She was 30 at the time and having been deeply involved in the Christian community had moved to Bristol for a couple of years to work as a Diocesan youth worker in Clifton. It was there that Gabi – who until then had never dated anyone and wondered what was wrong with her – had the space to think about her sexuality. Many of the first people she came out to were members of the religious community. “Their reaction was always very positive.”

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16/ 07/ 11
Candidates’ stand on same-sex couples

The Times, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta
 
While it may come as a surprise to Austin Gatt, the Malta Gay Rights Movement, prior to the last two elections, had already asked political parties as well as individual candidates to state their position on the legal recognition of same-sex couples. The replies received were compiled, sent out to members, posted on our website and circulated as widely as possible.

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16/ 02/ 11
The causes and consequences of divorce: Church versus state (4)

The Times, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta
 
In her article The Family In Europe Today (February 2), Christine Galea makes a num-ber of assertions, many of which are dubious and unsubstantiated.
The first is the rather generic reference to the “decrease in the ability to reflect”.

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31/ 01/ 11
When will anti-gay hatred stop?

The Malta Independent, Bernard Muscat, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

Ugandan David Kato now lies lifeless. On Wednesday 26 January he was bludgeoned to death by people who saw it fit to end his life because he was outspoken, persistent and hard-headed, but, most of all, because he was a gay rights activist – and one who was firmly committed to the principles of equality he was fighting for.

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24/ 01/ 11
Sexual orientation and good parenting

The Times, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta
 
In a letter by Joseph A. Muscat published on January 13 and another by Fr Victor Enriquez published on January 5, reference was made to the undesirability of adoption by same-sex couples. Despite more than three decades of cross-sectional research demonstrating that the psychological adjustment of children is unrelated to their parents’ sexual orientation, the legitimacy of lesbian and gay biological, foster and adoptive parenting is still under scrutiny.

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10/ 10/ 10
Recognition of same-sex relationships

The Sunday Times, Bernard Muscat, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

Mr J. Bonett Balzan (The Sunday Times, October 3) heaved a sigh of relief when acknowledging that the official visit of German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle did not involve also accommodating his male partner.
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04/ 10/ 10
Adozzjoni minn LGBT

L-Orizzont, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

F’artiklu ppublikat fis-27 ta’ Settembru, 2010, Kevin Mercieca ttratta s-suggett tal-adozzjoni tat-tfal minn persuni LGBT. Ghamel diversi asserzjonijiet fosthom li familja fejn il-koppja hi tal-istess sess ma tikkostitwix ambjent normali, kif ukoll li dawn il-familji jkollhom effett negattiv fuq it-tfal. Ir-ricerka qieghda dejjem turi li dak li qal is-Sur Mercieca, fil-verità, mhux minnu.

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23/ 09/ 10
‘Disagreeing’ with homosexuality is like disagreeing with rain

The Malta Independent, Bernard Muscat, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta
 
In his letter Homophobia? (TMIS, 19 September) Paul Vincenti argues that the word homophobia is an inappropriate one in that “[disagreement] with homosexuality” may not necessarily translate into feelings of fear when in the company of gay people.

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12/ 06/ 10
Choice of partner or country

The Times, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta
 
In his opinion piece published on June 9, Simon Busuttil, MEP states: "We, therefore, need to dismantle the remaining barriers, invisible walls and curtains that citizens still face when they move around Europe." He goes on to say that through the Stockholm Programme "of course, citizens' freedom of movement throughout Europe will be bolstered and all remaining obstacles will be dismantled".

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10/ 06/ 10
Non-traditional families and human relationship

The Times, Bernard Muscat, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

Speaking at a meeting about family policy, Robert Tufigno stated that recognition of non-traditional family units was "detrimental to society". His remark, as deleterious to gullible minds as it is baseless, continues to highlight the total ignorance about human relationships that exists in certain people's limited world view. The assertion that recognition of other people's relationships would somehow be "detrimental to society" would be laughable were it not so extremely dangerous.

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This article was also published on The Malta Independent on Sunday of Sunday 13th June.

31/ 01/ 10
Minn mibeghda tinbet iktar mibeghda

It-Torca, Bernard Muscat, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

Il-kontribuzzjoni ta’ qarrej tat-TORCA li kiteb lil Fr Colin Apap u li uza l-psewdonimu ‘Favur il-Knisja’ hallietni kwazi bla nifs. Ma nahsibx li qatt iltqajt ma’ tahlita hekk qarsa ta’ mizinformazzjoni u mibeghda kontra persuni gay.

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16/ 01/ 10
Marriage should be an inclusive institution

The Malta Independent, Inka Stafrace, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

We refer to the letter by Paul Kokoski entitled No evolution of marriage (TMID, 5 January).Mr Kokoski bases his whole argument on incorrect statements and misinterpretations of history.

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21/ 11/ 09
Thank heaven for Church, state separation (2)

The Times, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

Towards the end of last Monday's Bondiplus programme Imam Mohamed El Sadi, in reference to what he perceives as the weakening of European values, referred to the introduction of same-sex marriages in a number of European countries. He contended, should the majority so decide, that this could potentially lead to the legalisation of partnerships between human beings and animals, such as cats, dogs and the like.

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20/ 11/ 09
Josie Muscat's belittling of the gay community

The Times, Bernard Muscat, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

In his bid to discredit the LGBT network created recently within the Labour Party, Josie Muscat (November 14) goes as low as to shamelessly place LGBT individuals and their struggle for equal rights on the same lines as "drug dealers" and "criminals", and the latters' claims to be but victims of society. His impudent association is shocking, cowardly, uncalled for and utterly disrespectful.

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09/ 10/ 09
Gay rights movement commends MEPs

The Times, Bernard Muscat, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

The Malta Gay Rights Movement would like to applaud all five Maltese members of the European Parliament for their positive vote taken lately on a resolution regarding a discriminatory law proposed in Lithuania. The law sought to render illegal all forms of information regarding sexual diversity, possibly including websites, exhibitions and information booklets.

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13/ 04/ 09
Confusing sexual orientation with gender identity

The Malta Independent, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

In an article by Prof. Pierre Mallia that appeared on 1 April, a number of references were made to sexual orientation in relation to gender issues. It appears that despite being a qualified medical practitioner and a university lecturer, Prof. Mallia confuses sexual orientation with gender identity. So, perhaps some clarifications are in order.
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12/ 04/ 09
Tfal li jitrabbew minn genituri gay

It-Torca, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

Fl-artiklu li deher fit-22 ta’ Marzu Fr Colin ghamel bosta kummenti fir-rigward ta’ tfal li jitrabbew minn genituri gay. Fosthom li l-orjentament sesswali jikber fit-tfal meta jidentifikaw lilhom infushom jew mal-omm jew mal-missier. Hawnhekk Fr Colin qed ihawwad l-orjentament sesswali mal-identità tal-generu, jigifieri jekk wiehed jidentifikax bhala mara jew ragel u rwoli differenti li jassumu fis-socjetà taghna.

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06/ 02/ 09
Message of the Church and homosexuality

The Times, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

Fr Renè Camilleri (February 3) referred to the Xarabank programme that tackled the issue of homosexuality, following the excommunication of three gay persons from the Catholic Church.
Fr Camilleri felt that the Church was not fairly represented on the programme and its voice was not given enough coverage.
 
Perhaps he needs to be reminded that around 40 to 60 per cent of people are regular churchgoers, giving the Church ample opportunity to spread its message, not just once or twice a year, but 52 times should it see fit, without the possibility of rebuttal by the gay community.

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28/ 01/ 09
Minister out of touch with the times

The Times, Gabi Calleja, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta
 
Tonio Borg's intervention in a recent parliamentary session when debating the rent reform highlights the contempt in which the government holds same-sex couples and how far they are from according them the rights and respect they enjoy in a number of EU countries.

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29/ 06/ 08
Ugwaljanza ghal kulhadd – fiz-zwieg ukoll

Illum, Bernard Muscat, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

Fl-artiklu tieghu tal-Hadd 22 ta’ Gunju, Kurt Sansone kiteb li “Ghall-maggoranza kbira tan-nies iz-zwieg hu msejjes fuq il-kuncett religjuz ta’ ghaqda bejn mara u ragel.” Sfortunatament, iva: hafna nies ghadhom jassocjaw iz-zwieg ma’ kuncett strettament religjuz.

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21/ 05/ 08
Describing a person as homosexual is not defamatory - Court

The Malta Independent

The Court of Magistrates in a judgment declared that describing a person as homosexual was not defamatory in today’s society.

Magistrate Michael Mallia ruled that a person’s sexual orientation in the current society was not of social interest bar that of assuring that no discrimination is made. The fact that homosexuality was a criminal offence until 1973, said the magistrate, does not reflect the situation in the 21st century.

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05/ 05/ 08
Homophobia and hate crime

The Times, Marisa Xuereb, Malta Gay Rights Movement, Mosta

In his letter of April 29, Richard A. Micallef gave a very good definition of the word "homophobia", specifically "the fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals." He also supplemented this definition with several "homophobic" arguments in the rest of his letter, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Hence, "the accusing word homophobic is slapped in your face" (again?), not "because you express(ed) a differing opinion" but because disputing facts on the basis of subjective opinion to the detriment of gay people at large is tantamount to "homophobia".

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29/ 04/ 08
Confusing homosexuality with being gay

The Times, Richard A. Micallef, Ta' l-Ibrag

One of the general definitions to the word homophobia is the fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals.
It can also mean hatred, hostility, or disapproval of homosexual people or sexual behaviour. Choosing two words from this definition - disapproval and hatred, which meanings are eons apart - it is easy to realise the danger that the majority of the population, that is heterosexual, is facing.
The accusing word homophobic is slapped in your face, just because you express a differing opinion and in addition the Gay Rights Movement is progressively demanding that all homophobic actions become criminalised.

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If at any time you require support or you feel like you would like to express your thoughts freely to a person who will understand you, send us an email on support@maltagayrights.org

You may also call the National Gay Helpline, run by MGRM... Tel: +356 21430006 / +356 99255559

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You may also call the National Gay Helpline, run by MGRM... Tel: +356 21430006 / +356 99255559

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32, Parish Street ,
Mosta ,
MST 2021,
Malta (Europe).
T: +356 2143 0009
M: +356 9925 5559
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