Jun 30, 2012

I AM - PRIDE 2012

Speech delivered by Luisa Tolu, member of We Are: The University of Malta LGBTQQI Organisation, at Pride 2012

Contact We Are for more information: weareuom@gmail.com and Luisa on 99241063

30th June 2012, Sliema

2 years ago We Are, the University LGBTQ organisation, was formed by 6 students, with the aim of bringing together lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and other non-normative youth to improve our lives together through education and support.

This year the organisation has grown. We have seen more youth actively join us and find a voice and, we have built a strong community which enables us to face the challenges of being young and queer in Malta. We are a truly diverse group with active members coming from all over Malta and Gozo and a handful of international students. We provide a welcoming environment for all of these, making members feel comfortable and giving them a sense of belonging. Through our events we have spoken to many others and felt that our presence as active youth in society made a difference to their lives.

One event in particular struck a chord. We visited Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School in Naxxar last May and found that the students there were starving for information on sexual orientation and gender identity. They asked so many questions and really contributed to the discussion. Their enthusiasm for knowledge was inspiring and overwhelmingly positive. It drove home the point that we really need to start speaking about the diversity of sexuality and gender in schools and we have to start doing it now!

Discussing sexuality and gender will empower young people by allowing them to explore their own identity and to be themselves. It will also give them a louder voice and greater strength. In fact we continue to believe that the empowerment of youth is crucial and that is why we find this year’s pride theme so compelling. Stating ‘I AM’ is a way to express our individual value and the importance of our individual voices.
By expanding this to include us all we can then say ‘We Are’ and that is a strong way of connecting us, so that we can act together and be a voice for others who still haven’t found their own.

So let us join forces as organizations and as individuals to change education, legislation and norms and to prove that together we make the difference.

Jun 25, 2012


It is once again that time of the year - PRIDE WEEK is upon us, and we are ready to celebrate and call for equality. Pride this year starts off with the Pride March on Saturday at 10:30 am near Surfside, Sliema.

See more details of other events during the week at the bottom of this post;

For more info you can check out MGRM's Facebook page and website!

I am is the theme for Pride Week 2012. It is meant to remind everyone that LGBT individuals are part of society - just people, everywhere, living their lives and being themselves. The only difference is that we still have to fight for rights that other people take for granted.. safe streets and schools, acceptance from parents, being treated equally in employment, recognition of our relationships and families, free healthcare.. (from MGRM)

Click Here to view Posters, cover photos and images which you can download to print and show off during the march on Saturday, or to use as desktop images on your laptops, phones and tablets! 

The Pride Week events are:
Pride March – Saturday 30th June – gathering at 10.30am near Surfside
LGBT Film Festival @ St James Cavalier featuring Get Real! Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Bloomington. All films start at 9pm.
WomenSpace - Wednesday 4th July - @ Tal-Ferha Estate in Gharghur – for lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer and straight women.
We Are Football Tournament - Thursday 5th July - 5pm-8pm 
S2S Official Gay Pride Party – Saturday 7th July @ Gianpula – 10pm onwards