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Pride Week 2014 will take place between Saturday 12th and Friday 18th July.
Family: Where Love Matters More is the theme chosen for this year’s Pride Week as the LGBTI community celebrates the passing of the Civil Unions Act and the legal recognition it grants to same-sex couples and their families. It will take place between the 12th and 18th July.
One of the concerns raised during the debate preceding the passing of the Civil Union Act was that Rainbow Families often face stigma in society which can have an impact on their wellbeing. This Pride Week therefore seeks to raise awareness and understanding particularly with respect to the misconceptions that exist around the impact of parenting by same-sex couples.
This year’s Pride Week is being organized jointly by MGRM, aditus, Drachma, and We Are and also enjoys the support of the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties.
Click Here to view posters - We encourage you to make the Pride Week posters your own. Feel free to download your favourites and bring them along with you to the March, use them as your facebook profile picture or cover picture, print them on your tshirts and share them with your friends.
On Friday evening, June 27, 1969, the New York City tactical police force raided a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. Raids were not unusual in 1969; in fact, they were conducted regularly without much resistance. However, that night the street erupted into violent protest as the crowds in the bar fought back. The backlash and several nights of protest that followed have come to be known as the Stonewall Riots. Prior to that summer there was little public expression of the lives and experiences of gays and lesbians. The Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement that has transformed the oppression of gays and lesbians into calls for pride and action. Since then, we have all been witness to a gradual flowering of gay culture and claim for equality that is slowly changing the world forever. This is what Pride March stands for! This is why Pride Marches take place every year, in an ever-increasing number of countries. Be part of it!
Pride Week 2013: Love is Love
The Pride Week activities took place between Monday 17th and Saturday 22nd June 2013. The Films screened this year were Weekend, on Monday 17th, Kinky Boots on Tuesday 18th and Jack and Diane on Thursday 20th June. This activity was held at St James Cavalier.
The launch of the It Get’s Better video took place on Wednesday 19th June at Monaliza Lounge. The video was well received and a number of ambassadors and politicians attended the event. The launch was featured prominently on NET TV. The clip can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=556095934428763&set=vb.121928317845529&type=2&theater
The WomenSpace event was held on Friday 21st June and was once again a success. Over 200 LBT women as well as a few straight allies attended. This is one of the few safe spaces for LBT women to get together socially. A number of performing artists took to the stage and entertained those present. This event is made possible through the involvement of a small group of volunteers who take on the planning and running of the social gathering.
The Pride March took place on Saturday 22nd June in Valletta starting off and ending in Great Siege Square with around 250 participants. Representatives of the Government, the Opposition as well as Alternattiva Demokratika were present. Following the March representatives from the Humanist Society, Drachma, We Are, LGBT Labour the Consultative Council and MGRM addressed those present. These were followed by the British High Commissioner, Rob Luke, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Robbert J. Gabrielse and the Ambassador of the US, Gina Abercrombie Winstanley. Speeches from Angele Deguara for AD, Claudette Pace from PN and Minister Helena Dalli concluded the March. The coverage of the event was excellent on print, TV and online media. The newspaper articles can be accessed here:
Pride Week 2012: I AM
I am was the theme for Pride Week 2012. It meant to remind everyone that LGBT individuals are part of society - just people, everywhere, living their lives and being themselves. The only difference is that we still have to fight for rights that other people take for granted.. safe streets and schools, acceptance from parents, being treated equally in employment, recognition of our relationships and families, free healthcare..
The week was celebrated through a Pride March held in Sliema which included the participation of the leader of AD Michael Briguglio, PL MP Owen Bonnici and Minister Chris Said as well as the American Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley. The celebrations also included a film festival and another successful WomenSpace event.
Pride Week 2011: I Am Pride
I Am Pride! was the theme for this year's Pride Week which was celebrated between the 4th and 13th of July 2011. The activities featured an LGBT Film Festival screening BearCity, My Friend from Faro and The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister. Messages from President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Archbishop Gene Robinson delivered as part of the It Gets Better Campaign were shown before each film. Other events included WomenSpace, the Pride March and a Seminar on the Legal Recognition of Same Sex Couples organised in collaboration with the US Embassy.
I Am Pride! was a recognition of the progress that LGBT individuals have made in acknowledging and celebrating their diverse identities and a celebration of MGRM’s 10thanniversary - download pdf
Pride Week 2010: Rights Now!
Rights Now! was the theme for Pride Week in 2010, celebrated between the 12th and 17th of July. The activities featured an LGBT Film Festival, screening XXY, Little Ashes and The World Unseen; the WomenSpace event, the Pride March and an evening performance by R&B singer Michael Ashanti. The Pride March was also attended by Holger Krahmer MEP from the ALDE group as well as David Agius and Karl Gouder from PN and Evarist Bartolo and Owen Bonnici from the PL and Michael Briguglio from AD - download pdf.
Pride Week 2009: Dignity in Diversity
2009 marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the start of the global LGBT movement. This year’s events included the Pride March, LGBT Film Festival screening Ma Vie en Rose, I Can’t Think Straight and Ben and the WomenSpace event.
In addition it also featured a concert by the Pink Singers, a London based gay and lesbian choir, who teamed up with the Young Christian Workers Choir, Symphonik.
The idea came about thanks to Andrew, a young gay Maltese man who joined the Pink Singers choir following his move to London some years ago and who had friends in both MGRM and Zghazagh Haddiema Nsara (ZHN) -download pdf.
Pride Week 2008: Live, Love, Be
The Pride March - the 5th in a row - was different from previous editions. For the first time, it did not take place in Valletta but in Paceville. Why? Because apart from making a political statement, we wanted it to be a celebration of life, love and the people we are. The theme chosen was hence 'Live, Love, Be' and the march was followed by a street party right in the middle of Malta's party zone: Paceville. Representatives of the three main political parties - Alternattiva Demokratika, the Malta Labour Party and the Nationalist Party - joined the march and addressed the crowd gathered for the street party - download pdf.
Pride Week 2007: Gay by Nature; Proud by Choice; Equal by Right
The theme chosen was Gay by Nature, Proud by Choice, Equal by Right. This summed up the Malta Gay Rights Movement's struggle over the previous five years consistently working to raise awareness on the fact that being LGBT is not a choice but an essential part of who we are as persons. The Pride March was addressed by MEP John Bowis from the EPP group. The film festival included screening of Unveiled, Soldier’s Girl, Head On, and the documentary Dangerous Living. A WomenSpace event was also held - download pdf.
Pride Week 2006: Get Busy – Get Equal: Celebrating Five Years of LGBT Activism
For the fifth consecutive year, the Malta Gay Rights Movement organised its annual Diverscity Week, starting on Saturday 8th July and ending on Friday 14th July. The activities included the Annual Pride March, accompanied by a float, the LGBT Film Festival with screenings of Beautiful Boxer, Saving Face and Yossi and Jagger and the WomenSpace event.
Pride Week 2004: Gay Rights! Human Rights!
The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) held its firstever Pride March on the 22nd July 2004 calling on local authorities to ensure that the LGBT community is not mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Education Minister Louis Galea, Labour MPs Evarist Bartolo and Marie Louise Coleiro, and representatives of Alternattiva Demokratika, Moviment Graffitti, Alpha Party, Friends of the Earth and Men's Right Movement joined MGRM in the Pride March.
The small group of activists walked under a rainbow of balloons down Republic Street, before being addressed by MGRM coordinator Sandro Mangion. Mr Mangion said gays expect equal treatment but discrimination still exists. He said many gays are afraid of being treated differently because of the sexual orientation, and thus end up living a heterosexual life.
Activists carried a number of banners saying Homophobia is a social disease, Attitudes are the real disability, Love is Tender and Knows No Gender and Diversity is our strength.
Pride Marches 2004 - 2006