Following last year’s exhibition “20 Years of Trailblazing”, we will be celebrating Katya Saunders through a biographical publication with photographical inserts that aims to provide the reader with detail about the late Katya’s life.
Katya Saunders was a trailblazer and an icon for Malta’s LGBTIQ+ movement. One of the first trans women in Malta, Katya was known for her iconic fashion, modelling experience and cabaret performances. When she passed away in 2019, it quickly emerged there was more than meets the eye.
In absence of voluntary organisations, and at a time when trans identities remained controversial, Katya quickly created her own support system, sheltering friends and young people who became homeless. Through her actions, her friends insist that Katya metaphorically laid down the red carpet for today’s LGBTIQ scene, to be able to safely come out and live their lives.
MGRM has also secured the support of Katya’s friends and family, which will give this project a complete picture. Together with friends and family, MGRM will be able to point the author towards the right people who hold key information about Katya and details of her life.
The publication will be launched alongside an exhibition featuring her photographs, garments and jewellery.
Terms of Reference
To determine, after consulting the MGRM’s team, the content and form of the book.
To hold interviews with people who knew Katya and suggest new content when needed.
To bear in mind the context of the book.
Coordinate with MGRM’s team and provide critical input to the book as well as collect key information and media materials.
The creative liberty of the author will be respective.
Bidders must submit a CV and portfolio with relevant experience in writing and/or journalism while also demonstrating the ability to produce the work being contracted to the high quality being sought.
MGRM will be looking to understand the sensitivity of the author around the lived experience of minority groups in Malta.
Quality of portfolio presented;
Knowledge of LGBTIQ issues and LGBTIQ affirmative approach
Technical and Financial Bid.
Maximum funding available is €4,000 inclusive of VAT.
All intellectual property rights belong to MGRM.
Individuals may propose working jointly with one or more persons given the tight deadlines envisaged. This must be clearly stated in their submission. Bidders are to attach CV’s of each expert. Following the adjudication, any subcontracting to third parties other than the selected service provider/s needs to be approved in writing by MGRM other than for technical elements such as translations or proof reading.
Bids are to be sent to MGRM on email@example.com. For any queries, please contact Robert Attard on +356 99255559. Deadline is 15th March 2022.
Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021. To celebrate this significant moment, an exhibition was held showcasing MGRM’s activism throughout the past 20 years, and to show its contribution to the transformation seen in the LGBTIQ+ rights in Malta over the last two decades.
Besides the exhibition, MGRM published a book to celebrate and document the work we have done in the past two decades. The book celebrates the advocacy, support and power of volunteering, and the role that volunteers have in making Malta a more inclusive society.
The book includes pictures from the early years of MGRM, to moments of supporting the community and a timeline of key dates in Malta’s Road to LGBTIQ equality. Although most of the work MGRM does is not recorded, these moments are. And we are very excited that these moments will forever be available to share with our members.
If you would like to get this book, you can pick it up for free at the MGRM library (open every Tuesday & Thursday from 3 pm-6 pm), or we can send it to you for €20,- (only delivering in Malta)
To celebrate Coming Out Day, we will be sharing coming out stories by three members of our community.
Arin “I came out as nonbinary about 3 months ago and it felt like a rebirth where I could become the person I was always meant to be. From my work to my parents, I’ve felt loved and accepted most of the way through and I’m immensely grateful for the people in my life. My mum even bought me pronoun pins to wear when I go out! Since coming out, I’ve had a new lease on life. I started going to queer meetups and talking to people, I went back to uni for psychology to eventually become a therapist for other trans people, and I’ve felt much happier. I was afraid that coming out as a nonbinary trans person would cause problems and confusion, but surprisingly it’s been so lovely to just receive “oh, okay” responses. If anyone’s thinking of coming out and it’s safe enough to do so (especially if you’re trans), it will unlock so many other things for you and allow you to truly start the rest of your life.”
Rebecca* “I knew I was trans for a while, but hadn’t really done much aside from tell a few people. Living with my sister meant that I had to tell her, if I wanted to start being honest with myself at our flat, so after a lot of thinking it over, I went into her room. I mumbled something about being a girl, and she suddenly got serious and asked me for how long I’d felt like this. She was taken aback, and needed some time to process it, but she was glad I could trust her, and excited to finally have a sister. It took her a few months to properly understand but she’s become one of my biggest supporters and I’m lucky to have her as my sister.”
James* I started gradually coming out to friends back in 2003 and living more openly in 2004, and while Malta was very different back then, I was lucky to have supportive friends back then, and I managed to find LGBT friends very easily. In 2005, a member of the Malta Police Force told my father, even though I’m sure he had his suspicions beforehand. These days, I am so glad to live in a country where the laws prohibit this from happening again. I remember when my father asked me to confirm this, he asked me why I haven’t told them (him and my mother), and I expressed fear of being kicked out of home or not being accepted. My reply drove him to tears, and he said he was hurt that such a thought would even cross my mind. It was the first time I’ve seen him cry, and I was 15 back then. Since then, our relationship has been gradually getting better, and the older I got, the closer we’ve become.”
These activity packs are to be designed for use by youth workers and educators working with youths. The aim is to educate about the LGBTIQ acronym, the differences between gender identity, sexual orientation and other LGBTIQ+ terms, LGBTIQ+ history. This project is funded by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ.
Call Application Deadline
Contracting of selected service provider
Terms of Reference
X5 activities are listed below with design specifications required. Number of pages is an approximate guide of amount of content at this stage. Printing is not to be included in quote.
Target Audience: Session Plans are to be used by educators (marked with *), while activities will be used by youths.
FANTASY TRIP – Gender
Session Plan – A4 x1 page *
FANTASY TRIP – LGBTIQ
Session Plan – A4 x2 page *
LGBTIQ+ TERMS ACTIVITY
Session Plan – A4 x 1 page *
Full Terms – A4 x 6 pages
Activity – A4 x1/2 pages
Session Plan – A4 x1 page * + additional page of (b) filled out.
Design of A4 Genderbread person – A4 x1 page
Session Plan: A4 x1 page *
Design of LGBT Timeline cards – 40 text or image cards (2 per A4) – A4 x20 pages
Design of Rainbow Pride sheet – x1 A3
Bidders must submit a CV and portfolio with relevant experience within the design industry.
Quality of portfolio presented;
Knowledge of LGBTIQ issues and LGBTIQ affirmative approach;
Technical and Financial Bid;
Individuals may propose working jointly with one or more persons given the tight deadlines envisaged. This must be clearly stated in their submission. Bidders are to attach CV’s of each expert.
Following the adjudication, any subcontracting to third parties other than the selected service provider/s needs to be approved in writing by MGRM.
Bids are to be sent to MGRM on firstname.lastname@example.org. For any queries please contact Alex Caruana on +356 99255559. Deadline for quotes is 11th December 2020.