As Malta Pride 2018 approaches on the 15th September, we’re getting pretty excited about the nation’s celebrations. With Malta taking the top mark of the Rainbow Index for the third year, we’ve put together a little guide about the most LGBTQI+ friendly country in Europe and its plans for the big day.
The Rainbow Index
The Rainbow Index is an annual ranking of the 49 European countries on a percentage scale of how LGBTQI+ friendly each nation is. This is based on the laws and policies that affect the community’s human rights and is a way to view Europe’s developments country by country.
For the third year running, Malta has topped the Rainbow Index with a score of 91% (100% being full respect of human rights and equality). This is definitely something to shout about, but why is Malta the top ranker?
In the past few years, the Government have made developments to further integrate the LGBTQI+ community, by passing laws to stop discrimination, introducing the X gender on official personal documentation and by legalising same-sex marriage. Plus the Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, has expressed his aspiration to do even better. Way to go Malta!
The history of Malta Pride
Malta’s first Pride March was in 2004, when activists marched the streets for the equal treatment for the LGBT community. These marches were continued from then on with themes such as ‘Live, Love, Be’, ‘Dignity in Diversity’ and ‘Rights Now!’. When the Civil Unions Act was passed in 2014, Malta Pride began its gradual transition from activist marches to extravagant celebrations of the LGBT community, bringing the nation together as one.
What’s on for 2018
Although the official date of Malta Pride this year is 15th September, the celebrations begin on 9th September and end on 16th, offering a whole week of activities. Get your groove on at the boat party, pool party, march, concert and official S2S Pride Party! Sporty types can get stuck into the beach volleyball and football tournaments, or if you are more of an entertainer, there is a fantastic Drag Lip Sync Battle and a Queer Open Mic Night.
Aside from the all singing, all dancing extravaganza, Malta Pride also features events that tackle important issues and help those in the LGBTIQ+ community who need a little extra support. These events include the Community Discussion about politics at pride, the tackling of issues with mental health in the community and the Rainbow Family Network Meeting, helping families with LGBTIQ+ parents and children. These gatherings are more than important for the constant progression of the community, and for the care of the people.
Pride Event Calendar (provisional):
|Sunday 9th September||NaviGAYt the Boat Party
Pride in Gozo
|Monday 10th September||Beach Volley Tournament
Community Discussion: P for politics and pride.
|Tuesday 11th September||LGBTIQ+ and Mental Health
Film Night: ‘Pride’ (2014) hosted by GWU
|Wednesday 12th September||Woman’s Space hosted by MGRM
Malta Pride Football Tournament
|Thursday 13th September||Rainbow Family Network Meeting
Drag Lip Sync Battle
|Friday 14th September||Pride Party hosted by Lollipop
|Saturday 15th September||Pride March & Concert
S2S Gay Pride Party 2018
|Sunday 16th September||Pride Pool Party hosted by Michelangelo
Queer Open Mic Night
Where to stay?
The George Hotel
Relax on the rooftop terrace between events and parties, The George Hotel in St. Julians is a four-star property located only a brief stroll from the marina. With an on-site bar and a spa area, the contemporary property makes a stylish base for your getaway.
With the beach only 200m away and featuring a panoramic lagoon-style pool, enjoy the Maltese sunshine at the Intercontinental. Boasting seven restaurants and three bars, you are sure to have a comfortable stay by St. George’s Bay. Plus, there are children’s activities available on site for those who are travelling as a family.
Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa
Set in the heart of Mellieha, the popular tourist town in the north of the island, the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa is a chic property in a prime location. With plenty of transport links nearby you are always in reach of Pride’s events, and for a little down time, there is a rooftop pool and a spa with the facilities you need to unwind.
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