by Gaby Gauci
I cannot believe it has been three years since that infamous first meeting in one of the old computer labs in a dark basement on campus. We Are has come a long way since then, not only as a University based organisation but also reaching out to the community nationwide. What started off as a small organisation of friends grew into one large, diverse (and certainly unique) family.
This year we have expanded our reach by holding some of our yearly events at other post-secondary education institutions, like Flowers for Friendship at GCHSS and Junior College. Because of this we have been invited to hold talks with the guidance office in order for us to collaborate on some events, like workshops and seminars, in the future.
Through all our adventures this year one thing has remained apparent: We Are is still a very much needed organisation. Although things in Malta are slowly getting better for LGBTQQI individuals, there are still people who feel like they do not belong and have no one to turn to for support. This organisation is there for them, as always, providing a safe space to explore their sexuality and gender identity as well as answering any queries and providing information to help them along this journey.
Although we have certainly come a long way, there is still work to be done so that We Are can continue to grow, like furthering community support and increasing community events as well as contributing further on the consultative council in order to ensure that we are able to help improve the situation in Malta for anyone who falls under the LGBTQQI umbrella.
Member support is crucial, which is why I would like to thank all those who took an active interest in the organisation this year. Without these dedicated individuals many of our events would not have been successful. One cannot forget to mention all the support from the US Embassy, MGRM, our food sponsor The Wembley Store, IGLYO and all other organisations that provided invaluable input and assistance.
As this will be my final year volunteering with We Are due to my studies in Malta coming to a close, I would like to impart some final words of wisdom to any future activists involved with this awesome organisation: cookies solve all problems. They are great during brainstorming sessions and especially useful to have on a stand.
Throughout my time with We Are, I have not only become a better activist, but a better person. It has truly been an honour to be part of this family and feel like my voice has indeed made a difference. I hope that this organisation can continue to do that for others as well as always being a place where people can express themselves without fear of being judged or excluded because of it.
This post also appears in our Annual Report for 2012-2013, which can be read and downloaded from our issuu account here: