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

 - Local - Sep 16 2023 SHARE ON:

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.


Malta and Gozo Unite for World Cleanup Day 2023

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In a concerted effort to combat the global issue of waste and promote a cleaner, healthier environment, Malta and Gozo once again joined hands with millions of volunteers worldwide to observe World Cleanup Day.

Spearheading this endeavour for the second consecutive year, the Local Government Division introduced a financial scheme to support cleaning and waste collection activities in various localities.

A call for interest was extended to local and regional councils, and an impressive 45 Local Councils secured funding to organise clean-up initiatives throughout the month of September. These activities, supported by the financial scheme, aim to rally communities and revamp the appearance of Maltese and Gozitan localities.

The primary goal of this initiative is to encourage councils to engage their communities in a collaborative effort to beautify and clean their neighbourhoods. By doing so, they hope to inspire a sense of responsibility for public spaces and instill the importance of maintaining a clean environment.

As part of the World Cleanup Day observance, Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government, Alison Zerafa Civelli, paid visits to several localities where clean-up operations were in full swing, including the vibrant communities of Pembroke and Msida. During these visits, Zerafa Civelli emphasised the significance of World Cleanup Day in raising awareness about the necessity of preserving cleanliness in public places.

World Cleanup Day serves as a global reminder that addressing waste and environmental concerns is a collective responsibility.


Eurovision Extravaganza Takes Center Stage at EuroPride Valletta 2023

 - Celebrities - Sep 16 2023 SHARE ON:

Yesterday was full of glittering performances and electrifying music as EuroPride Valletta 2023 brought the ultimate Eurovision extravaganza to the Pride village.

This unforgettable night of music, glitz, and fabulous performances left attendees in awe and reinforced the message of love, diversity, and inclusion.

Dubbed “Eurovision Night,” the event lived up to its promise of delivering a star-studded experience that transported the audience into the dazzling world of Eurovision.

The stage was graced by some of the most iconic names in the competition, who left their mark with sensational performances.

Conchita Wurst, the enigmatic artist known for her breathtaking Eurovision-winning song “Rise Like a Phoenix,” took the stage by storm.

Katrina, formerly known as Katrina and The Waves, brought her chart-topping hits and infectious energy to the audience.

Adding an international flavor to the night, Lithuania’s very own The Roop graced the stage with their electrifying performance.

But the evening had even more in store! Beloved Eurovision stars Fabrizio Faniello, Claudette Buttigieg, Chiara, and Claudia Faniello, along with The Busker, showcased their remarkable talents and added their own magic to the night’s festivities.

The audience was treated to a diverse array of performances, each one a testament to the power of music to transcend boundaries and unite people.


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