'I Wanted It To Be A Bad Joke': Former Malta Pride Organiser Reacts To Anti-Gay 'Rosary Rally'
His statement comes hours after the Catholic Church distanced itself from the counter-rally
One of the organisers of Malta Pride 2016 and 2017, Russell Sammut, has condemned the anti-gay 'Rosary Rally' that is being organised in Valletta on the eve of the Pride March.
Speaking to iNews, Sammut said that while he didn't agree with the ideas of the organisers, just like the LGBTIQ community had the right to celebrate love, they had the right to protest.
"I wanted it to be a bad joke - these type of protests can be of great harm to vulnerable people," he said. "Among those who come to mind are teenagers who are just discovering themselves amongst others."
Pictured: A screenshot of the Rosary Rally's event page
The Maltese Catholic church has already distanced itself from the Rosary Rally
Sammut has said that everyone attending the rally should hold their heads up high in honour of what they are doing and not fall into the belief that they are doing something shameful or committing a sin.
"I just hope that the day turns out to be a beautiful one where we celebrate love and diversity in our country together," he ended.
Pictured: Russell Sammut