A post shared on Maltese Facebook group ‘Are You Being Served? (Malta and Gozo) Original’ sparked online rage as a woman shared her horrendous experience at Nordic Bar Malta. The woman, named Celine Balzan Gera, revealed how she and another female friend went to the bar and were asked to sit down due to restrictions. It was not long however before they were promptly kicked out by a bouncer for sharing a kiss.
Gera pointed out that they both resisted at first as they were unsure why they were being kicked out of the bar. The bouncer however got more violent as he allegedly threw both women down on the ground, kicked them and put pressure on them to keep them down. Gera shared photos of the bouncer in question, exclaiming how this was the first time she experienced such homophobic abuse to this level, despite having gone to the bar before. She called on authorities to take action, sharing the news to the Facebook group which was met with support with the two women.
Community Manager at Allied Rainbow Communities – ARC Clayton Mercieca shared the post, asking Paceville club owners to sort out their bouncers. He said that no one should be subjected to this sort of treatment simply for sharing a kiss. He asked the bar not to shake off the responsibility by saying that they do not directly employ the bouncers as they have a responsibility in regards to who works within their club or bar.
The MGRM has also since posted revealing how Nordic Bar was one of the frequently mentioned venues in their study on LGBTIQ safety. They stated that at this point, they advise the community not to go to the venue unless action is taken to guarantee safety to the community. The non-profit also offered its service to accompany anyone who suffered such homophobic abuse to the police station and how it offers free legal service and legal follow up on the community’s behalf. The club owner is allegedly investigating the claims as the story develops.
Photo Source: Clayton Mercieca FB, MGRM FB