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Prior to the 2008 General Election, MGRM drew up a petition for which it managed to gather 1,000 signatures, asking for the formal recognition of same-sex couples; homophobic and transphobic hate crime legislation as well as a clear strategy to address homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools; anti-discriminitation legislation in the provision of goods and services; the extension of the NCPE remit to include sexual orientation and gender identity; and the inclusion of Sex Reassignment Surgery under the National Health Service.

Since then the parties positions on some of the issues has changed. With regards to the legal recognition of same-sex couples AD still presents the best option with Civil Unions, akin to marriage including adoption rights; PL are also proposing the introduction of civil unions or registered partnerships but excluding adoption; while PN remain in support of cohabitation legislation for same-sex and opposite sex couples.

With respect to the rights of transgender persons, the PL supported the Gender Identity Law published by MGRM in December 2010 and tabled in parliament by MP Evarist Bartolo. It is yet to be put on parliament’s agenda. 

Minister for Justice, Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici has announced the introduction of a Legal Notice that will do away with the need for courts to appoint an expert to conduct an invasive examination as proof of irreversible sex reassignment.

Minister for Justice, Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici, in a meeting with MGRM, has also stated that he would support the introduction of hate crime legislation although no such legislative proposal has been made by the PN government so far.

At the NCPE annual conference of 2010, Minsiter Dolores Cristina had announced the widening of the NCPE remit to also include sexual orientation. It remains to this day an unfulfilled electoral promise.

The Malta Gay Rights Movement presented its petition - supported by over 1,000 signatures - to all political parties contesting the General Elections of 8th March 2008. This is how the respective parties responded to each of the five requests made.

Alternattiva Demokratika (AD) - The Green Party

Meeting held on 18th February 2008 with Dr Harry Vassallo - Chairperson, and Dr Ing Patrick Attard - gay candidate.

1. Formal recognition of the rights of same-sex couples - In favour of civil partnerships that would grant rights akin to those enjoyed by married couples but marriage is excluded by definition.

2. Criminalisation of homophobic and transphobic bullying and a clear strategy addressing such bullying in schools - In favour, but no clear strategy proposed.

3. Legal protection against discrimination in the provision of goods and services - In favour.

4. Formal extension of the remit of NCPE to include sexual orientation - In favour; NCPE should act as the national equality body.

5. Gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy under public health services - In favour, but other priorities need to be considered.

Azzjoni Nazzjonali (AN)

Meeting held on 27th February 2008 with Dr Josie Muscat - Leader, and Mr Angelo Xuereb - Deputy Leader.

1. Formal recognition of the rights of same-sex couples - In favour of civil partnerships that would grant some rights but no right to social benefits enjoyed by married couples. Marriage is excluded by definition. Adoption rights are strictly out of the question.

2. Criminalisation of homophobic and transphobic bullying and a clear strategy addressing such bullying in schools - In favour, but no clear strategy proposed.

3. Legal protection against discrimination in the provision of goods and services - In favour, provided that the State is exempted from any obligations.

4. Formal extension of the remit of NCPE to include sexual orientation - No official position on NCPE.

5. Gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy under public health services - Against; Considers gender reassignment surgery to be similar to cosmetic surgery.

Malta Labour Party (MLP)

Meeting held on 3rd March 2008 with Dr Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi - President, and Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca - Shadow Minister for Social Solidaerity.

1. Formal recognition of the rights of same-sex couples - In favour of recognition of same-sex families and same-sex partnerships. Adoption rights are not categorically excluded but marriage is excluded by definition.

2. Criminalisation of homophobic and transphobic bullying and a clear strategy addressing such bullying in schools - In favour, but no clear strategy proposed.

National Gay Helpline

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

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

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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