Jan 26, 2012

Right to Feel Safe - Demonstration for Hate Crime Legislation

A decent crowd gathered tonight at Hamrun to demand amendments to legislation following the assault on two 16 year old girls earlier this month.

Gabi Calleja, MGRM's coordinator, addressed the press, condemning the attack and introducing the proposed amendments to the criminal code and press act.  We Are called for more supportive school and community environments for youth.  Moviment Graffiti, Integra and Drachma also stressed this point, whilst LGBT-Labour spoke about the importance of legislation.  ADZ (Green Youth) and aditus were also present.

We feel that it's very important to form a strong network when pressing for change and the presence of not specifically LGBT organisations in this movement is crucial.  Of course, the demonstration was only the first step and more action and lobbying will be necessary, but we're willing to push for this.  If you feel like you can play a more involved role in pushing for legislation and attitude change do let us know!

Thanks to all students and members who joined us tonight, we loved seeing you!

More photos here.

Jan 25, 2012

It is not a case of 'right time' or 'right place', if we had to wait for the right time and place to protest, we will never protest. If there was a right time and place, we wouldn't need to protest. If people are criticising us, it is even more reason to go ahead with this, we need to show everyone that we do have a right to feel safe, that we do need hate-crime legislation. 

The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) together with 
Drachma Parents
LGBT Labour

We Are - University of Malta LGBTQQI Student Society
Moviment Graffitti 

ADZ Malta - Green Youth

will be holding a peaceful demonstration on Thursday 26th January at 7.30pm at Hamrun Square (Pjazza San Pawl). 

The aim of the demonstration is to protest against all forms of hate crime and to ask the government to extend the current hate crime legislation to include other potentially vulnerable groups. 

Please bring along candles and feel free to make placards! 

Please pass on the word!

Let's stop the Hate! We have a right to feel safe!

Facebook Event Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/196594080437974/

How to get there:

Pjazza San Pawl (also known as Ta' Fra Diegu) is near HSBC bank on the main street of ─Žamrun.

If you're coming by bus, the best bus stop is called Diego.

These routes stop there: 51, 52, 53, 61, 62, 63 from Valletta


123 from Uni/Mater Dei stop at Diego


X6 from Cirkewwa/Mellie─ža/Mosta stop at Mileend and walk a bit

Jan 22, 2012

Press statement: Homophobic Hate Crime

Released on 22/1/2012 in reaction to the article on the Sunday Times 'Thugs attack lesbian, 16, on a bench'

We Are - The University of Malta LGBTQQI Organisation would like to join MGRM and aditus in condemning this homophobic hate crime.  We Are call upon the authorities to undertake necessary measures to hold the offenders accountable.  We recognize the difficulties young LGBT persons face when coming out and trying to be accepted at school and work.  Homophobic and transphobic bullying can be upsetting and difficult to deal with.  We Are believes that nobody has to put up with any kind of bullying and encourages young LGBT persons to report these incidents and seek help when needed.

The National Gay Helpline run by MGRM is Tel: +356 21430006 / +356 99255559
If you're a student at university you can also contact counselling services: http://www.um.edu.mt/counselling