The project, funded through the EEA Norway NGO Programme for Malta was implemented between the 1st November 2013 and the 31st July 2015. It aimed to build MGRM’s capacity to address policy development and advocacy in specific areas of MGRM’s priorities and actively contribute to MGRM’s advocacy of LGBTI rights at the National level.
Having been around the LGBTIQ activism scene for the past 17 years, I have seen a transformation of my country.
I won’t go back as far as 2001, when MGRM was set up, but, in the first edition of the Rainbow Europe Map, Malta only had anti-discrimination legislation protecting its citizens on grounds of sexual orientation for employment purposes.
Today is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Following a third successive number one placement on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index, many in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and genderqueer community in Malta will surely be reflecting on the progress that was made in the field of LGBTIQ equality in a relatively short period of time and how this has a direct impact on their daily lives.
Parliament’s second reading debate on the controversial Embryo Protection Bill closed on Tuesday with a promise by Health Minister Chris Fearne to hold further consultation and to move some amendments, although he did not go into specifics.
If the issue is discrimination, then even MGRM should oppose these amendments
The statement issued by the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) supporting the proposed changes to the Embryo Protection Act shed light on some misconceived ideas.
The Malta Gay Rights Movement (GRM) has reiterated its support for the proposed amendments to the Embryo Protection Act, saying they redress discriminatory provisions in relation to same-sex couples and also provide for access to the preservation of gametes for trans persons who choose to undergo gender confirmation surgeries.
Now that our country is considered a trailblazer in the field of LGBTIQ rights throughout Europe and beyond, the next steps have been taken to ensure that transgender and intersex persons are afforded the same rights as their fellow cisgender citizens when it comes to access to medical care.
Minister calls for a change in mentality
Hospitals should explore a system where transgender patients are allowed to input their preferred name, gender and pronouns into registration forms, even if the legal change has not yet happened, the health ministry has proposed.
The Times of Malta editorial of March 26 continues to shift further to the right and increasingly sounds like a bigoted broken record vis-à-vis equality and civil liberties.
Number of cases involving gay men on the rise
Rapid HIV testing is set to be introduced next yer as part of Malta’s efforts to diagnose people unaware of carrying this virus, Health Minister Chris Fearne announced this morning.