As now happens annually, the colours of the rainbow, placards, slogans favouring diversity, and floats boarded by dancers and musicians characterised this year’s Pride March which is not only regarded as a celebration but also a voice for the LGBTIQ community. This is the 15th year of its organisation and holding.
A large crowd attended, some wearing coloured costumes and many danced to celebrate the LGBTIQ Rights acquired in recent years. Also present among others was the Rainbow Families Network with children adopted by same-sex couples. Many activists said the event is not just a celebration but serves to highlight what has yet to be done to support this vulnerable sector of humanity.
Gabi Calleja, who heads the LGBTIQ Unit at the Ministry for Equality said that beside legalities and policies that are now mostly in place, work now has to be done for a change in attitudes and mentalities to decrease hate speech on social media and to facilitate everyday life to make everybody feel equal.
Chris Vella, the coordinator of Drachma said that as Catholics they believe the advance of LGBTIQ persons is also an advance in human dignity. He said all are God’s children and their presence in this event shows a will to increase the dignity of all persons and this includes all LGBTIQ persons and those who are on the sidelines and peripheries of society.
The political parties also participated in the march including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, The Minister for Equality Edward Zammit Lewis, Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne as well as the Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia and Deputy Leader of the Nationalist Party, David Agius.