Christina Aguilera Shines at Malta’s EuroPride 2023 Valletta Concert

 - Local - Sep 17 2023 SHARE ON:
Christina Aguilera Shines at Malta's EuroPride 2023 Valletta Concert

Yesterday evening, pop icon Christina Aguilera finally took centre stage at Malta’s EuroPride 2023 Valletta concert, rocking a crowd of local and international fans. The event had already seen stellar performances from a lineup that included Queenz, Katerina Stikoudi, Emma Muscat, The Travellers, and Ira Losco, along with local DJs who kept the energy high throughout the night.

Known for her powerful vocals and electric stage presence, Aguilera treated the audience to a spectacular performance spanning her illustrious career. Hits like “Genie in a Bottle,” “Dirrty,” “Fighter,” and “Beautiful” had the crowd singing, dancing, and celebrating together. Her unwavering support for the LGBTQIA+ community resonated deeply with the audience, creating a unifying experience.

One poignant moment of the evening was Aguilera’s emotional rendition of “Beautiful,” a song promoting self-acceptance and empowerment. The concert wasn’t just about music; it was a celebration of diversity, inclusion, and the ability of music to bring people together.

Christina Aguilera’s performance at EuroPride 2023 Valletta demonstrated the incredible power of music to touch hearts and unite people from all walks of life. Her finale left the EuroPride crowd with lasting memories and a renewed commitment to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, showcasing why she remains an icon in both music and the hearts of those who value love and acceptance.


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He Said Yes! On-Stage Proposal Takes Place at EuroPride 2023 Concert

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During yesterday’s EuroPride 2023 concert in Fosos, Floriana, a heartwarming proposal stole the spotlight after Christina Aguilera’s performance.


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David and Luke, a loving Maltese couple, took the stage to declare their commitment to each other. As David dropped to one knee, Luke tearfully accepted his proposal, igniting an outpouring of love and support from the audience.

With tears of joy, local dancer Luke said yes as the couple celebrated their moment of love with the crowd. David and Luke’s proposal served as a beacon of hope, inspiring all in attendance and leaving an indelible mark on the event. It showcased that love has the power to bring people together, fostering a brighter and more inclusive future for everyone.

Today, Day Eleven, is the last day of EuroPride 2023 Valletta, with a number of events happening across the island including ARC’s Boat Parade around the Grand Harbour at 5:30, ‘Polyester Princess’ at Spazju Kreattiv at 7:30PM and Queer Classics at Maori, Valletta at 8PM.

Did you attend the EuroPride 2023 concert?


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First Gay Couple To Deliver Speech In Maltese Parliament

 - Local - Sep 16 2023 SHARE ON:

In a landmark moment that resonated far beyond the halls of the Maltese Parliament, Cyrus Engerer and Randolph De Battista, a couple and two prominent LGBTQ+ figures in Maltese politics, became the first gay couple to deliver speeches in the Maltese Parliament.

Their heartfelt and inspiring addresses served as a testament to the progress made in Malta on LGBTQ+ rights and the work that still lies ahead.

MEP Cyrus Engerer began by acknowledging the skepticism they faced when they initially proposed the idea of discussing LGBTQ+ rights in the parliament. Despite those doubts, they successfully gathered legislators to engage in a dialogue about change.

Engerer’s speech was particularly moving when he addressed the situation in Uganda, where LGBTQ+ individuals face threats and violence due to the deeply entrenched hatred and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments. He applauded Ugandan legislators who had the courage to speak up against such hatred and thanked them for their bravery.

Emotions ran high during Engerer’s speech as he reflected on the progress made. He reminded the audience of a time when LGBTQ+ individuals could not openly be themselves and faced such despair that some took their own lives. Engerer highlighted that they were marching not just for themselves but also for those who could not. This poignant message culminated in a standing ovation, symbolising the collective support for the LGBTQ+ community’s journey towards equality.

MP Randolph De Battista began by stating that this was his favorite day in Parliament, a day that marked progress and inclusivity.

De Battista recounted a significant event he had recently attended: a screening of the film ‘Who I Am Not,’ which told the story of two intersex youths raised in Africa. After the movie, during a Q&A session, someone expressed the joy of being able to walk the streets of Valletta, hand in hand with their partner, without fear. De Battista acknowledged that there was a time in Malta when such a simple act was impossible, and he drew parallels to the struggles faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in Uganda following the passage of oppressive laws.

As the only openly gay Member of Parliament in Malta, De Battista shared his experiences of being different and discriminated against. He emphasised the importance of offering a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth who confide in him, drawing on his own experiences.

De Battista’s speech also touched on the prevalence of hate and homophobia, revealing a personal encounter with hate mail that he cleverly defused with humor. He decried the amount of hatred in society and called out politicians who perpetuate hate. He defended the need for pride marches as a means of countering hate with messages of love and hope.

In closing, De Battista emphasised the historic significance of the day, with a room filled with LGBTQ+ politicians and legislators working toward change. He encouraged everyone not to listen to conservative voices, celebrating Malta’s journey from “zero to hero” in LGBTQ+ rights.

The speeches by Cyrus Engerer and Randolph De Battista marked a milestone in the Maltese Parliament’s ongoing commitment to LGBTQ+ rights and equality. Their messages of hope, love, and progress reverberated not only throughout Malta but also served as a beacon for the ongoing global struggle for LGBTQ+ rights.


Several Individuals Detained and Vehicles Towed During Traffic Inspections

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In a recent night of rigorous traffic inspections in Tas-Sliema, the authorities took decisive action to ensure both road safety and adherence to immigration regulations.

The operation resulted in the detention of several individuals, revealing a mix of irregular immigration and expired residence permits, as well as unauthorised operation of Y-plate vehicles without the necessary permits from Transport Malta. Additionally, two vehicles were towed during the course of these operations.

This comprehensive effort was part of an ongoing collaborative initiative involving the Maltese Police, Transport Malta, Jobs Plus, and the Detention Services. The primary objective of these operations is to bolster road safety and ensure that individuals are in compliance with immigration laws and related regulations.

During this specific operation, a total of 105 vehicles were stopped for inspection. The vast majority of those stopped were found to be in compliance with the established rules and regulations. However, for those who were not in compliance, immediate actions were taken to address the issues at hand.

The inspections encompassed thorough searches of the vehicles, verification of Y-plate documentation, and checks on related permits. In addition to these checks, authorities also verified residence documents to address any irregular immigration concerns.

Several infractions were uncovered during the inspections, including individuals driving without a valid license, unlicensed vehicles, and instances of mobile phone usage while operating a vehicle, among other violations.


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