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Human Rights Conference Discusses Important LGBTIQ+ Themes

 - Local - Sep 12 2023 SHARE ON:
Human Rights Conference Discusses Important LGBTIQ+ Themes

Representatives from 50 countries and 148 organisations will participate in a three-day conference focused on various aspects of LGBTIQ+ rights within the broader context of human rights.

This conference, part of EuroPride Valletta 2023, is organised by the Directorate of Human Rights within the Parliamentary Secretariat for Reforms and Equality in collaboration with the Allied Rainbow Communities.

Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality, Rebecca Buttigieg, emphasised that during this conference, Malta’s experience in the field of LGBTIQ+ rights will serve as a guiding light for other countries in the Mediterranean region, where LGBTIQ+ rights continue to face challenges. She highlighted that Malta’s accomplishments over the past decade have garnered significant recognition, with Malta consistently ranking at the top of the ILGA Rainbow Map for eight consecutive years.

In this conference, attended by three hundred delegates, eleven themes will be explored over three days of discussions. These discussions will include a focus on progress made and the path forward for implementing an equality agenda for the LGBTIQ+ community.

Among the themes to be addressed are sexual health, the challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ individuals when applying for asylum, the role of religion within the LGBTIQ community, inclusion in sports, and the intersectionality of the community itself.

“This conference provides an invaluable opportunity to share experiences and best practices, reinforcing our commitment to achieving greater equality and dismantling prejudice and discrimination,” stated Parliamentary Secretary Rebecca Buttigieg.

Clayton Mercieca, Head of the Unit on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Gender Characteristics within the Directorate for Human Rights, explained that these themes, among others, are of great relevance for both the community and society at large. They will be discussed to further the journey toward equality and justice for the LGBTIQ+ community, not only in Malta but also in countries across the region. He added that the principle and value of equality are fundamental human rights and integral to the United Nations’ goals for sustainable development, which form a universal agenda.

Meanwhile, Michael Owen, representing the Allied Rainbow Communities, highlighted how this conference serves as a vital component of the activities taking place during the ten days of EuroPride in our country.

The conference, being held between September 13 and 15, will feature contributions from academics and activists with extensive experience in addressing fundamental human rights issues from the perspective of the LGBTIQ+ community.

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Join the Rhythm and Revelry at Venti Music Fest 2023

 - Events - Sep 12 2023 SHARE ON:

Venti Music Fest 2023 to Ignite Qormi with Unforgettable Tunes on September 16th!

Calling all music enthusiasts and festival lovers to the return of the Venti Music Fest in 2023, promising an electrifying experience that will captivate music aficionados from all walks of life.

On September 16th, the vibrant city of Qormi will come alive with the magic of music and community at the Grandmaster’s Lodge.

Event Details:

  • Date: September 16, 2023
  • Time: Doors open at 8 pm until late.
  • Location: Grandmasters’ Lodge, Qormi
  • Entrance: FREE

Venti Music Fest 2023 is more than just a music festival; it’s a celebration of life, unity, and the pure joy that comes from sharing the experience of live performances. With a lineup that spans diverse rock genres, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s lineup, which includes Ivan Grech and his band as our headliner, supported by Amber and Kersten Graham,” said one of the event organizers. “This festival represents a coming together of people, a celebration of our shared love for music, and a reminder of the joy that live performances bring to our lives.”

Venti Music Fest 2023 is not just about the music; it’s about giving back to the community that has embraced it. This event is being organized in aid of Kummissjoni Zaghzagh Bastjanizi (KZB), a youth organization that has been actively contributing to the vibrant festa in Qormi since 1991.

Committed to voluntary service, KZB focuses on attracting young individuals from diverse social backgrounds, providing them with valuable skills and experiences to prepare for adulthood. In addition to their core mission, KZB organizes various events, ensuring that cherished cultural activities like the traditional annual feast continue to thrive.

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“Nice Architecture, Sorta Weird But Also… Crackhead Energy”, Sidemen’s Ethan Describes Malta

 - Local - Sep 11 2023 SHARE ON:

In another hot take from Ethan Payne & wife Faith Kelly’s podcast Growing Paynes, the couple described Malta as “derelict, history-filled, nice architecture, sort of weird, but also… crackhead energy”.

 

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Their opinion on the island comes from the family’s recent trip to Malta, together with multiple other internet personalities for what was reported to be the wedding of fellow Sideman Vikkstar123.

“One thing I will say is respect the pram… it’s so annoying”, Faith told the podcast’s Maltese viewers, describing how difficult it was to take care of the baby whilst fans swarmed the three. “They would literally sit on top of the bloody pram”, Faith went on to say.

In another clip Ethan called the Sidemen’s visit to Malta as something ‘similar’ to a zombie apocalypse, with fans on the island exhibiting ‘feral’ behaviour.

“Ethan likes it, for me, sorry Maltans, I wouldn’t go back,” Faith said.

What do you think of their statements?

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Sidemen’s Ethan ‘Behzinga’: Malta Visit was “Similar to a Zombie Apocalypse”

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Sidemen's Ethan 'Behzinga': Malta Visit was "Similar to a Zombie Apocalypse"

In a recent episode of ‘Growing Paynes’, the podcast hosted by Sidemen’s Ethan ‘Behzinga’ Payne and Faith Kelly, the popular internet personality said the YouTube supergroup’s visit to Malta was ‘similar to a zombie apocalypse’.

Comparing the island trip to Harry Wroetoshaw’s holiday in Gibraltar, it was stated that Malta exhibited ‘feral’ and ‘crackhead’ behaviour while the group was in Malta.

“I suppose they’re so far out…” Behzinga said, “no one’s going like”, his wife continued. Faith went on to say that it wasn’t what she expected from Malta, going on to say that she doesn’t quite understand the country.

“Ethan likes it, for me, sorry Maltans, I wouldn’t go back,” the YouTuber and TikToker continued.

What do you think of their statements?

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