Pride Marches 2004 - 2006
Pride Week 2004: Gay Rights! Human Rights!
The Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) held its firstever Pride March on the 22nd July 2004 calling on local authorities to ensure that the LGBT community is not mistreated because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Education Minister Louis Galea, Labour MPs Evarist Bartolo and Marie Louise Coleiro, and representatives of Alternattiva Demokratika, Moviment Graffitti, Alpha Party, Friends of the Earth and Men's Right Movement joined MGRM in the Pride March. The small group of activists walked under a rainbow of balloons down Republic Street, before being addressed by MGRM coordinator Sandro Mangion. Mr Mangion said gays expect equal treatment but discrimination still exists. He said many gays are afraid of being treated differently because of the sexual orientation, and thus end up living a heterosexual life. Activists carried a number of banners saying Homophobia is a social disease, Attitudes are the real disability, Love is Tender and Knows No Gender and Diversity is our strength.
Pride Week 2006: Get Busy – Get Equal: Celebrating Five Years of LGBT Activism
For the fifth consecutive year, the Malta Gay Rights Movement organised its annual Diverscity Week, starting on Saturday 8th July and ending on Friday 14th July. The activities included the Annual Pride March, accompanied by a float, the LGBT Film Festival with screenings of Beautiful Boxer, Saving Face and Yossi and Jagger and the WomenSpace event.