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Non-Binary Persons To Be Able to Legally Change Gender on Documents

Non-Binary Persons To Be Able to Legally Change Gender on Documents
Jun 26 2024 Share

Non-binary individuals in Malta will now have the right to change the gender registered at their birth.

This means that every Maltese citizen can request to alter their registered gender to female, male, or non-binary, and, if desired, change their name to match their chosen gender identity.
This development follows the granting of similar rights to transgender individuals in 2018.

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The amendments to the Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics Act have been submitted to Parliament for a second reading. Non-binary gender refers to those who do not identify strictly as male or female. Individuals aged 16 and over can change their gender without parental consent.


In 2017, Identity Malta adjusted its internal systems to include the ‘X’ gender option on its documents. If the proposed amendments are approved, the Act will specify that for non-binary individuals, the gender identifier on any official document will be ‘X’. Parliamentary Secretary Rebecca Buttiġieġ proposed the amendment. Nationalist MP Graziella Attard Previ highlighted that current Maltese laws benefit only Maltese citizens and exclude foreign LGBTIQ+ individuals, which she deemed discriminatory.

She called for consistency and inclusivity for non-Maltese LGBTIQ+ individuals to prevent further marginalisation.

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International Influencers in Malta for Mediterrane Creation Conference

BIG Content Creators in Malta for Mediterrane Creation Conference
Jun 26 2024 Share

The Content Creation Conference is happening this Friday at the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta and trust us, you do not want to miss it.

This FREE event, with limited seating, offers a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best in the industry. Don’t miss your chance to be inspired by top content creators and influencers who are making waves globally.

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Get ready to gain insights from an impressive lineup of speakers:

⚽ Patrice Evra (France) – The legendary footballer known for his engaging online presence.
🌟 Itzshauni (UK) – A digital creator celebrated for her impactful social media content.
🎸 Josh Harmon (US) – An innovative musician and content creator.
🤩 Louis Levanti (US) – A viral sensation known for his humorous and relatable videos.
🎥 Jakebsweet (UK) – A talented videographer and storyteller.
🧳 Keikei Travels (UK) – A travel influencer who shares breathtaking adventures.

The conference will take place at the historic Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta, offering a stunning backdrop for a day of learning and inspiration.

🗓️ Date: Friday, June 28, 2024
📍 Location: Grandmaster’s Palace, Valletta
🔗 Register now at mediterrane.com/register

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Architecture Student Proposes White Rocks Transformation Project

Architecture Student Proposes White Rocks Transformation Project
Jun 26 2024 Share

Len Abela Vassallo, a university architecture student and PL councillor in Mtarfa, has unveiled an innovative project for “a state-of-the-art” Blockchain City at Malta’s coastal Pembroke White Rocks site. This new development emphasizes sustainability and modern technology, aiming to secure BREEAM certification for its social, economic, and environmental impact.

“I take a lot of pride in this project as it is an exceptionally sustainable proposal aimed at achieving BREEAM certification for what could become a leading and progressive industry in Malta.”

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The project includes facilities for blockchain technology, digital finance education, housing for foreign workers, and offices for cryptocurrency companies. It also features commercial spaces with NFT galleries, restaurants, a supermarket, and a venue for crypto conventions. Additionally, there will be operational facilities for the EU and residential areas for foreign workers.

Utilizing and regenerating existing British military housing from the 1960s, the design follows a contemporary conservation approach, preserving most of the original structures. Key features include renewable energy systems, water catchment, and a curtain wall system mounted on a steel structure. The project targets carbon neutrality and self-sufficiency, celebrating Malta’s modernist heritage by preserving Richard England’s iconic hostel design with minimal demolition.

Although there are currently no governmental plans for implementation, Len’s vision showcases a proactive approach to future urban development and innovation in Malta’s evolving landscape.

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World’s Ugliest Dog Competition Crowns A Winner

World's Ugliest Dog Competition Crowns A Winner
Jun 26 2024 Share

The annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, crowned Wild Thang, an 8-year-old Pekingese, as the winner. Wild Thang won the $5,000 prize after five previous attempts.

Judge Fiona Ma praised him as a fan favorite who deserved to win for his endearing qualities. Wild Thang, who survived a virus as a puppy, has permanent damage resulting in a floppy tongue and a constantly paddling right front leg.

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“He’s never had a haircut, his owner shaves his stomach, and he loves to sleep on ice packs,” Ma noted, emphasising Wild Thang’s sweet nature and love for cuddles. Ma also highlighted the importance of adopting rescue dogs.

The contest aims to celebrate the unique beauty of these dogs, not mock them. Rome, a 14-year-old one-eyed pug, took second place. Despite his bowed legs, he brings joy to hospice patients and participates in charity events for dogs.

Wild Thang has also contributed to raising funds for evacuating fellow Pekingese from Ukraine, while another competitor, Ozzie, a 10-year-old terrier mix, visits senior centres and cares for foster kittens.

Third place went to Daisy Mae, who, despite losing much of her hair, teeth, and vision over the years, has gained confidence, friends, and spunk. Most contestants, including Daisy Mae, have been rescued, showcasing the value and love these dogs bring to their communities.

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