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LGBT+ Guide to Malta

27th January 2020 - 5:23pm

LGBT couple on streets of Mdina

LGBT couple on streets of Mdina

The Maltese Islands boast idyllic bays, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, exhilarating adventure activities and a jam-packed events calendar. The Mediterranean archipelago also flies the flag for LGBT+ rights, with a warm welcome for individuals and couples of all genders and sexual orientation. Just a three-hour flight away from the UK, there’s every reason to visit the Maltese Islands.

 

Over the years, Malta has experienced a definite and positive shift towards greater cultural acceptance of LGBT+ in all aspects of life. This, together with changes in legislation introduced by the government, saw the Maltese Islands rank at first place on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Europe Index for the last four consecutive years.

 

Malta Pride Week

Malta Pride Week takes place each summer and is widely celebrated, with the participation of thousands of marchers, eye-catching floats and incredible street performers. Malta Pride Week sends out a message of empowerment to the community and celebrates love, life and diversity.

 

The Malta Gay Rights Movement held its first Pride march in 2004, calling on local authorities to ensure that the LGBT+ community would not be mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The small group of less than 100 individuals, including activists, Education Minister Louis Galea and Labour MPs Evarist Bartolo and Marie Louise Coleiro, walked under a rainbow of balloons through Republic Street in Malta’s capital city, Valletta.

 

Over the following ten years, Malta Pride Week has grown, with thousands of attendees from around the globe showing their support and dedication to the rights of the LGBT+ community.

 

The parade, complete with floats ridden by drag queens and open-top buses decorated with rainbow flags and balloons, is greeted with waves from passers-by and local shop owners. The colourful march is followed by a Pride Concert and numerous after parties scattered across the island each year.

 

Just a three-hour flight from the UK, Malta Pride Week brings together incredible individuals to celebrate all that is the rainbow community.


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