Members of the LGBTQ+ community, equality advocates, and supporters all came together to march for Pride on Saturday 14th September. The streets in Valletta were lined with a spectrum of colours, people smiling from ear-to-ear, and a vibration of love. The positivity shone brighter than ever before in Malta as close to 8,000 people walked the streets in celebration of Pride.
Yobetit was amongst people of all ages, ministers, dancers, and furry friends that came together to stand with the LGBTQ+ community for another year.
This year paid particular emphasis on acknowledging the present, as well as the past. The theme from Riots to Rainbows had us all appreciating the pioneers of the pride movement, as without them we would not be where we are today.
Since October 2015, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) has ranked Malta 1st in terms of LGBT rights out of 49 observed European countries, a ranking it has upheld ever since. The first adoption by a same-sex couple took place on 13th July 2016, and by February 2018 there had been 3 adoptions by same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2017, and prior to that civil unions were enacted in 2014.
Malta is generally an LGBT-friendly place, and is one of five countries in the world which has made LGBT rights equal at a constitutional level.
Malta Pride week 2019 was a celebration of equality, a show of appreciation, and a step towards a brighter future. It was such a success and we could not be prouder to help support such an important movement. To another year of love without borders!