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02/ 04/ 15
World’s Most Progressive Gender Identity Law Passes In Europe

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“The act is a beacon of hope,” said an European LGBT leader in response to the law passed Wednesday in the Malta, whose Constitution officially deems the country Catholic.

The Mediterranean country of Malta adopted the world’s most progressive gender identity law on Wednesday in a final vote by the country’s parliament on Wednesday. 

The law is the latest in a series of LGBT rights laws ushered in by the Labour Party after taking power in 2013, a dramatic about-face for the country which has a constitution establishing Catholicism as the official religion.

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02/ 04/ 15
IGLHRC Hails Landmark Law in Malta on Gender Identity, Expression and Protections for Intersex Children

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(New York)—The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) celebrates the unanimous passage of the “Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act, 2015” by the Parliament of Malta today. The new law enshrines the right to gender identity recognition and introduces anti-discrimination measures, allowing Maltese citizens to self-determine their gender identity and legally change their first name and gender marker without requiring any medical diagnosis or treatment.

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02/ 04/ 15
Surgery and Sterilization Scrapped in Malta's Benchmark LGBTI Law

nytimes.com

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Transgender people in Malta will no longer need to have surgery, sterilization and a diagnosis of mental illness to legally change gender under a law passed on Wednesday, which rights groups hailed as a new benchmark for LGBTI rights in Europe.

The majority of countries in Europe require transgender people to undergo a series of medical procedures, be diagnosed with a mental disorder and get divorced if married in order to have their desired gender legally recognized by the government.

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02/ 04/ 15
Dispatches: Malta’s Inspiring Gender Recognition Law

hrw.org

Joanne Cassar got married in a small town in eastern Malta last night, capping a 9-year battle to win that right as a transgender woman in the deeply Catholic country. Today, Joanne and others in the Mediterranean nation had even more to celebrate as the government passed a long-overdue progressive gender recognition law, heralding important gains on transgender and intersex rights.

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16/ 05/ 14
Maltese PM: no such thing as a la carte equality

EUobserver.com

Tomorrow – 17 May – is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (Idaho). On days like these, politicians need to reflect on whether they have worked to enhance equality or played safe and, possibly, let vulnerable communities fall by the wayside.

I believe that equality cannot be a la carte. It either is, or is not. It is important to have conviction and a clear strategy.

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16/ 05/ 14
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has just released a message in support of the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia – May 17, 2014.

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Ban Ki-moon observed that, “In all parts of the world today, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience discrimination in every aspect of daily life… We have a long road ahead. It will not be easy. But we must ask ourselves: Do we want to live in a world where love is targeted or where it is celebrated; where people live in fear or in dignity?”

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15/ 05/ 14
Green, left and Liberal MEPs lead way on gay rights

EUobserver.com

BRUSSELS - Green, left and Liberal MEPs led the way on gay rights in the outgoing European Parliament, but right-wing populists could hold them back in future.

A new study by the LGBT Intergroup in the European Parliament, a cross-party body, shows the political bloc voted in huge numbers in favour of the minority on more than 250 occasions between 2009 and 2014.

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14/ 05/ 14
Ireland drops to 22nd in Europe for legal equality for LGBTI people

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IRELAND HAS DROPPED five places in terms of legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Europe.

Ireland is now 22nd in Europe, dropping from 17th last year.

We have been passed out by countries like Malta and Montenegro who are making significant strides in achieving legal equality for LGBTI people.

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13/ 05/ 14
European gay rights study finds little to celebrate

EUobserver.com

Malta has jumped upward in an annual ranking on gay rights, but many of Europe’s micro-states lag behind the norm, while Russia actively promotes homophobia.

The 2014 review and colour-coded map of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) rights in Europe points to mixed results in terms of improvements on a political, social, and legal level.

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08/ 05/ 14
It's Time to Come Out and Vote!

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In two weeks’ time, all of us in the European Union are asked to vote for the next European Parliament. Check out our Come Out and Vote video with help from prominent celebrities, politicians and LGBTI activists...watch who it is here!

Click here to watch now...

17/ 05/ 12
World Health Organization releases groundbreaking report condemning ’conversion’ therapies

http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/Media-Release-World-Health,1557

Washington, D.C., 17 May 2012 (PAHO/WHO) — Services that purport to "cure" people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in a position statement launched on 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia.

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01/ 02/ 12
Lesbian killers in South Africa get 18-year jail terms

bbc.co.uk

Four South African men have been sentenced to 18 years in jail for stabbing and stoning to death 19-year-old lesbian Zoliswa Nkonyana in 2006.

The court found that the men killed Ms Nkonyana because she was living openly as a lesbian.

A crowd outside the court in Khayelitsha, a Cape Town township, cheered and danced at the sentencing.

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04/ 10/ 11
Lea Salonga: Reflections on Her Journey (And Ours)

Advocate.com

The Tony Award–winner talks about her favorite gay icon, the silliness of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” and what’s really threatening traditional marriage.

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04/ 10/ 11
Obama ‘still working’ on gay marriage views

PinkNews.co.uk

US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".

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04/ 10/ 11
Aberdeen minister resigns over gay clergy

PinkNews.co.uk

A church minister in Aberdeen has resigned over the issue of gay clergy. Reverend Peter Dickson, of High Church in Hilton, said he felt "genuine sorrow" at taking the decision. He said that the decision to accept openly gay clergy meant his position was becoming "untenable".

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04/ 10/ 11
New York student suspended for saying bullied gay teen was ‘better off dead’

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A classmate of New York schoolboy Jamey Rodemeyer has been suspended for chanting that the bullied gay teenager was "better off dead". The student made the taunts at a Williamsville North High School dance attended by Jamey's sister.

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04/ 10/ 11
US study says gay men are less likely to be offered job interviews

PinkNews.co.uk

An American study says that openly gay men are less likely to be called back for job interviews - particularly in the South and Midwest. The research found that CVs which indicate an applicant is gay are 40 per cent less likely to be granted an interview than those which do not.

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04/ 10/ 11
Interview: Sean Maher on coming out in Hollywood

PinkNews.co.uk

Sean Maher made headlines last week when he became the latest Hollywood actor to come out. With a film and TV career spanning 14 years, he is perhaps best known for his role in Firefly and its movie sequel, Serenity. He currently stars in NBC’s The Playboy Club. Laurence Watts caught up with him to discuss the public’s...

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04/ 10/ 11
Gay dads Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow accused of faking clinical trials

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Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, the UK's first gay surrogate dads, have been accused of faking the results of clinical trials. The couple, who are parents to five children, including two sets of twins, deny five counts of contravening the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations.

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04/ 10/ 11
Gay Blood Ban Doesn't Deter the Need to Help

Advocate.com

While gay and bisexual men who have had sex with other men are not allowed donate blood, some in Ohio are finding alternative ways to help others in need.

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04/ 10/ 11
Transgender woman tells of street abuse

PinkNews.co.uk

A transgender woman from Carlisle has told how she was subjected to transphobic abuse as she walked through the city centre.

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04/ 10/ 11
Principal Assaults H.S. Student for Pro-Gay Shirt

Advocate.com

A high school student in Madisonville, Tenn., said he was verbally and physically assaulted by his principal last week for wearing a T-shirt supporting the establishment of a gay-straight alliance at Sequoyah High School.

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04/ 10/ 11
Dozens detained at gay pride rally

Russian police detained dozens of anti-gay protesters

03/ 10/ 11
A View from Montevideo

Advocate.com

A look at hundreds of gay rights supporters in a fight for equal rights dance and cheer during the annual Gay Pride Parade in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay.

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03/ 10/ 11
UK passport forms to accommodate gay parents

PinkNews.co.uk

From December, gay parents applying for passports for their children will not have to list themselves as 'mother' and 'father'. The Identity and Passport Service said the amendments would be made to accommodate gay and lesbian parents applying for passports on behalf of the children.

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03/ 10/ 11
Obama attacks Republican booing of gay soldier

PinkNews.co.uk

Barack Obama has criticised Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when a gay soldier was booed at an Orlando debate. Stephen Hill, who is stationed in Iraq and spoke via a videolink, was booed for asking whether the candidates would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops.

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03/ 10/ 11
Cain Regrets Staying Silent While Gay Soldier Booed

Advocate.com

Herman Cain, now surging in polls, thinks it would have been a good idea for the Republican presidential candidates to speak up when a debate audience booed a gay soldier last month.

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03/ 10/ 11
First Transgender Firefighter Comes Out at FDNY

Advocate.com

Brooke, a transgender woman, is a third-generation firefighter and the first openly transgender person to serve with the FDNY, an organization that struggles with claims about lack of diversity.

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03/ 10/ 11
Six suspected anti-gay extremists arrested in Belgrade

PinkNews.co.uk

Serbian police have arrested six suspected anti-gay extremists in connection with attempts to disrupt a Pride march. The march, which was to be held yesterday in Belgrade, was cancelled by police over fears of mass violence.

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03/ 10/ 11
Gov. O’Malley Kicks Off Marriage Equality Video Series

Advocate.com

Gov. Martin O’Malley appears in the first video of the new series that aims to increase public support for marriage equality legislation.

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03/ 10/ 11
Gay EastEnders star John Partridge ties the knot

PinkNews.co.uk

EastEnders actor John Partridge has had a civil partnership. The star, 40, tied the knot with long-term boyfriend Jon Tsouras at the Trafalgar Tavern pub in Greenwich on Friday.

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03/ 10/ 11
First Look At 90210's Gay Wedding

Advocate.com

90210's departing gay character Teddy (Trevor Donovan) will marry his boyfriend in a Las Vegas ceremony officiated by an Elvis impersonator.

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03/ 10/ 11
Tea Party Favorite: North Carolina Ban Goes Too Far

Advocate.com

One of North Carolina's Tea Party favorites has surprised Republicans by saying she won't vote for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage proposed in her state because it goes too far.

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03/ 10/ 11
Partial Win for Soldier Who Wore Uniform in Gay Porn

Advocate.com

If you’re planning on appearing in a pornographic movie, please leave at least part of your military uniform at home.

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03/ 10/ 11
‘Serial killer’ may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg

PinkNews.co.uk

There are fears that a serial killer may be targeting gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa. Four gay men have been discovered bound and strangled in their homes in the last ten months.

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03/ 10/ 11
Elton John's Colorful Life to Become Musical Film

Advocate.com

Rocketman, a film biography of Elton John, is being prepared for the big screen and may employ multiple actors to play the chameleon-like musician at various stages of his career.

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03/ 10/ 11
Gay Couple Assaulted by Church Leaders

Advocate.com

A gay Tennessee couple allege they were beaten as they tried to attend services at Grace Fellowship Church in Fruitland — and that the assault was prompted by the father of one of them, who happens to be church’s pastor.

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03/ 10/ 11
Is Gaga's Jo Calderone Character a Trans Man?

Advocate.com

Lady Gaga says it's fair to read Jo Calderone, her male alter ego, as a trans man.

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03/ 10/ 11
Toby Keith on Same-Sex Marriage, Gays in Military

Advocate.com

Country singer Toby Keith, who once blasted the Dixie Chicks for speaking out against President Bush, now says he doesn't understand why some people are bothered by same-sex marriage, though he worries about gays in the military.

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03/ 10/ 11
Will Honduras Ban Ricky Martin?

Advocate.com

Some people don't want Ricky Martin to visit Honduras this month as part of his world tour, but it's not entirely clear if it's right-wing religious leaders or government officials objecting.

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03/ 10/ 11
Thomas Jane, Gay Men, and

Advocate.com

The star of HBO's Hung discusses exploring his sexual identity when he was young, poor, and homeless after first moving to Los Angeles.

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03/ 10/ 11
Is a Serial Killer Stalking Gay Men?

Advocate.com

Four gay men in Johannesburg, South Africa, have been brutally murdered in the last 10 months.

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03/ 10/ 11
Spain to open first gay retirement home

PinkNews.co.uk

Work will begin on Spain's first gay and lesbian retirement home in the coming weeks. The December 26th Foundation in Madrid is named after the 1979 date when General Franco's anti-gay law was repealed.

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03/ 10/ 11
Obama Says His Gay Friends Influence His View on Marriage

Advocate.com

The president told ABC News that he is "still working" on his stance on same-sex marriage and that his gay friends are playing a role in his decision-making.

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03/ 10/ 11
N.C. Senator: Gays “Working to Discredit Me”

Advocate.com

Antigay North Carolina state senator James Forrester, accused of falsifying some of his medical credentials, is blaming the whole thing on the gays.

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03/ 10/ 11
Government moves to wipe gay sex convictions

PinkNews.co.uk

The government has tabled amendments to remove convictions of gay men convicted of now-legal sex acts. The promise to remove such criminal records announced by the Conservative Party before last year's election.

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03/ 10/ 11
Montana Antigay Campaigner: Conspiracy Behind Charges

Advocate.com

Montana antigay activist Harris Himes,  accused of running a fraudulent investment scheme, says he’s the victim of a conspiracy by gay advocates.

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03/ 10/ 11
Gay Mayoral Candidate Includes His Daughter in Campaign Ad

Advocate.com

A first for any candidate? Bevan Dufty and his daughter Sidney ride the Muni system in a televised campaign ad for his San Francisco mayoral bid.

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03/ 10/ 11
AIDS Institute Blasts House Spending Proposal

Advocate.com

The AIDS Institute said the House's proposal for 2012 HIV/AIDS spending will impede prevention by banning federal funding for needle exchanges and resurrecting abstinence-only programs.

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03/ 10/ 11
AFA Silences Opponents to Rick Perry's

Advocate.com

Just before announcing his candidacy for president, the Texas governor held a controversial prayer rally in partnership with the American Family Association, an antigay "hate group" as determined by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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03/ 10/ 11
British Passport Forms to Go Gender-Neutral

Advocate.com

Following on the heels of the United States, which in June began issuing gender-neutral passport applications and citizenship forms for children of American parents born out of the country, passport forms in the U.K. are being updated to include options for same-sex parents.

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03/ 10/ 11
Howard Bragman, Who Helps Celebrities Come Out, Steps Down

Advocate.com

The CEO of Fifteen Minutes Public Relations, who has helped celebrities ranging from Chaz Bono to Chely Wright tell their unique stories, has named Bill Harrison as his replacement.

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03/ 10/ 11
Michael Moore Jokes That Jesus Was Gay

Advocate.com

The conservative Web publication The Blaze has stirred up reader anger by describing a joke Michael Moore made at Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown University Friday.

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02/ 10/ 11
Obama Lauds LGBT Achievements in HRC Keynote

Advocate.com

President Barack Obama blasted GOP presidential candidates for the now infamous booing incident of a gay soldier at a Republican debate while touting his LGBT rights accomplishments at the Human Rights Campaign’s 15th annual national dinner Saturday.

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02/ 10/ 11
40 Arrested for Disrupting Moscow Gay Pride Rally

Advocate.com

The Associated Press reports that several men were detained Saturday after they hurled tomatoes at rally attendees and "[unfurled] posters with pejorative remarks about homosexuality."

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02/ 10/ 11
GOP Lobbyist Joins Strategy to Repeal DOMA

Advocate.com

Two of the leading operatives for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act are a political odd couple that no one could have predicted back in 1996 when one of them was helping to write the bill.

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02/ 10/ 11
Marriage Equality a

Advocate.com

"I think that it just fundamentally goes against everything we know,” the thrice-married presidential candidate said Friday during a campaign appearance in Iowa.

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02/ 10/ 11
El Paso Evangelical Pastor Seeks to Revoke Domestic Partner Insurance Rights

Advocate.com

Pastor Tom Brown of Word of Life Church is on a mission to ensure that city workers in domestic partnerships don’t retain equal health insurance benefits — and to oust local lawmakers who believe otherwise.

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01/ 10/ 11
Census Data on Gay Couples a Testament to Progress

Advocate.com

National figures released earlier this week show a greater willingness from gay and lesbian couples to stand up and be counted.

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01/ 10/ 11
Death of Gay Mormon Spurs Activism

Advocate.com

Bryan Michael Egnew, who committed suicide last month, had been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after he came out; as a result, advocates are calling on Mormon leaders to better serve and accept gay church members.

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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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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

Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM)

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

The Drachma Parents Group is also an active group within Drachma.  Their mission is that of providing support to parents and friends of LGBT people, read more