“More than half of LGBTIQ people do not feel safe in Paceville” – Alex Caruana
More than half of those who are LGBTIQ and who frequent Malta’s night spots in Paceville do not feel safe.
This has emerged from a study by the Malta Gay Rights Movement in the light of the reports in the media by LGTBIQ people who have been harassed and even beaten up inside clubs.
Alex Caruana, a trans person and a member of MGMR told Television Malta that the study includes shocking accounts of harassment in Paceville including those which have occurred inside night-clubs. Mr. Caruana said that the study shows that people who are LGBTIQ are being harassed because of what they wear and because they are in the company of someone of the same sex. Around 210 people, the majority of whom are gay men, took part in the study.
Mr Caruana complained that a culture of discrimination has grown inside nightclubs.
“The most common complaint is that gay men are basically beaten up and thrown out of bars, because they may be dancing in an effeminate way or else because they are kissing their partner. We have a lot of accounts by people who said that bouncers have grabbed them by the neck and beaten them up.”
Despite the fact that various incidents were reported in this study, only a few victims sought the help of authorities and only 7% filed a Police report.
Mr Caruana said that the MGRM is submitting various recommendations including that bouncers who work in clubs in Paceville should be regulated while time training should be given to the staff who work at these clubs.