Tag: lgbt

Dec 09

MHA Concerned about Church Staff Document

The Malta Humanist Association is troubled by recent press reports that Heads of Catholic schools are being asked by the Maltese archdiocese to discuss new terms of employment, which terms would guarantee that schools’ head teachers and other staff can be safely considered as “practising Catholics” – or face disciplinary action if their “life choices …

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Apr 15

Civil Unions bill passes

It was smiling faces all round and rainbows everywhere as the speaker called out the result – the bill has passed. The new Civil Unions bill gives same-sex (or opposite sex) couples the right to get a civil union which will have the same legal rights as marriage, including adoption.

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Jun 24

MHA at Pride 2013

MHA was present at this year’s Pride Parade organised by the Malta Gay Rights Movement. Participation was good, and there were encouraging messages from all three political parties. Claudette Baldacchino (PN)’s private members bill to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the constitutional clauses on non-discrimation is a very welcome step, while the government …

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Nov 09

UN excludes LGBTs from resolution on arbitrary execution

During action on the draft resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the Committee engaged in a debate over and ultimately approved by a vote of 79 in favour to 70 against with 17 abstentions an amendment removing “sexual orientation” as one of the discriminatory reasons that killings had been committed and warranted investigation. The …

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Jun 26

Humanists and gay rights activists deplore statements by religious leaders

A joint statement by the Malta Humanist Association and the Malta Gay Rights Movement – 25 June 2010. The Malta Humanist Association and the Malta Gay Rights Movement are deeply concerned by statements issued last Thursday by Archbishop Paul Cremona and Ammar Hreba, head of the Islamic Centre and Propagation Bureau, at a joint Muslim-Catholic …

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May 17

Homophobia is the real aberration

Raphael Vassallo Last Monday (May 17) gay and lesbian organisations around the world observed International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The theme chosen for this year’s commemoration was ‘religion and religious oppression of sexual minorities’ – a fact which places this topic entirely within the sphere of interests of any organisation aiming to represent secular …

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May 02

Report on homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in Malta

This report on the social situation concerning homophobia and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in Malta was published in March 2009 by the Danish Institute on Human Rights on behalf of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). One of the key observations in this report is how the influence of the Catholic …

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