Just a few weeks before Malta hosts EuroPride Valletta 2023, Parliamentary Secretary for Reforms and Equality, Rebecca Buttigieg, participated actively in the Pride March in Madrid. After the traditional march with activists, where more than two million people flooded the streets of the Spanish capital, Parliamentary Secretary Rebecca Buttigieg was invited to address this event, considered one of the largest demonstrations in the world.
The Parliamentary Secretary expressed her honour to be in Madrid to continue promoting equal rights for everyone and celebrating the diversity of every individual. She praised Madrid as a city that offers a sense of unity and safety for the LGBTIQ+ community, just as our country does today. “Ten years ago, Malta was considered one of the most conservative states in Europe, but with significant legislative reforms, it is now widely regarded as a leader in this field,” said Parliamentary Secretary Rebecca Buttigieg.
She stated that the Maltese government is committed to further strengthening LGBTIQ+ rights, not only in legislation but also in our culture and values. “Tolerance is not enough. We want a society that embraces,” said Parliamentary Secretary Buttigieg. While encouraging everyone to visit Malta for EuroPride between the 7th and 17th of September, the Parliamentary Secretary emphasised that the message of these demonstrations is a fundamental aspect in favour of the dignity and recognition of the identity of individuals without judgment or exclusion.
“Your participation in Malta’s EuroPride is an opportunity for everyone to be part of history as active citizens in this movement working towards a more inclusive Europe. Join us to celebrate our capital city with the vibrant colors of unity and pride. Together, we will build lasting memories,” concluded Parliamentary Secretary Rebecca Buttigieg.