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3 Coming Out Stories for Coming Out Day 2021

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.” 

 

*Names have been changed

Call for designer

Project: Youth Packs on LGBTIQ themes activities

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. 

Timeline

Call Application Deadline 11th December 
Contracting of selected service provider 16th December
First Draft 27th December
Final Draft4th January

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.

  1. FANTASY TRIP – Gender
    1. Session Plan – A4 x1 page *
  2. FANTASY TRIP – LGBTIQ
    1. Session Plan – A4 x2 page *
  3. LGBTIQ+ TERMS ACTIVITY
    1. Session Plan – A4 x 1 page *
    2. Full Terms – A4 x 6 pages
    3. Activity – A4 x1/2 pages
  4. GENDERBREAD PERSON
    1. Session Plan – A4 x1 page *
      + additional page of (b) filled out.
    2. Design of A4 Genderbread person – A4 x1 page
  5. LGBT TIMELINE
    1. Session Plan: A4 x1 page *
    2. Design of LGBT Timeline cards – 40 text or image cards (2 per A4) – A4 x20 pages
    3. Design of Rainbow Pride sheet – x1 A3 

 Eligibility Criteria

Bidders must submit a CV and portfolio with relevant experience within the design industry.

Selection Criteria

  • Quality of portfolio presented;
  • Knowledge of LGBTIQ issues and LGBTIQ affirmative approach;
  • Technical and Financial Bid;

Subcontracting

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 mgrm@maltagayrights.org. For any queries please contact Alex Caruana on +356 99255559. Deadline for quotes is 11th December 2020.