LGBTI+ Gozo and Kunsill Nazzjonali Żgħażagħ condemned the attacks that occurred during Gozo’s Pride March after a group of queer individuals were targeted at a local bar. One of the individuals was physically assaulted, prompting the response of various organisations and individuals.
LGBTI+ Gozo wrote that they are deeply distressed to hear about the community.
‘This incident shows us that Pride is needed now more than ever and that there are still people in our community who do not believe that queer people have a right to exist in our society. In response to this act of violence, we have composed a press release, supported and endorsed by LGBTI+ and non-LGBTI+ NGOs in Malta and Gozo, openly condemning hate crimes against LGBTI+ persons.’
‘Our love and support go out to the victim of this attack and the witnesses, and for all LGBTI+ people who have experienced violence and agression for being themselves. We urge all people, regardless of orientation, to condemn homophobia and transphobia, and to take action against violence towards our community.’
Kunsill Nazzjonali Żgħażagħ also echoed the condemnation, expressing their solidarity with LGBTI+ Gozo as well as the victims.
Expressing ‘utter disappointment that queer persons continue to be subjected to these kinds of attacks’, KNŻ echoed LGBTI+ Gozo’s statement saying:
‘We also call on allies to stand with the queer community and analyse biases and heteronormative thinking.’ The condemnation was echoed by other groups including the Allied Rainbow Communities and Moviment Graffitti amongst others.