Celebrations in honour of Pride Week may happen a little later than everyone else’s, but that just provides more time to be fashionably late… and that’s exactly what organisers are hoping to do with the new influx of support from their main sponsor, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG).
Tech experts in the iGaming field, GiG have long worked for equality in their company, and are hoping to spread the love to the outside world too.
Running from the 9th to the 16th September, Pride Week in Malta will have multiple events ranging from an actual parade to open air concerts, and with the company’s inclusive policies, it’s no surprise they’re on board for the ride.
Offering their employees benefits on a gender-neutral basis, GiG offers a groundbreaking 30 days of leave for partners who just had a child – which contrasts heavily with the usual situation in Malta where paternity leave can be as short as one day long.
And if you’re looking to get married while employed there, you can enjoy 10 days of marriage leave regardless of who you marry or where you choose to do it.
“We are proud to be the headline supporters of Malta Pride, an event we believe to be a highlight in Malta’s calendar!” said Mikael Ångman, Chief Operations Officer of GiG.
“Our vision is to change the iGaming industry to make it fair and fun for all. A huge part of that is to have a diverse workforce and provide an atmosphere where everyone can be the best version of themselves, no matter their background or sexual orientation. We want to encourage everyone to be able to be who they are without fear.”
Clayton Mercieca, who is organising Pride as part of ARC Malta (Allied Rainbow Community) has said that witnessing a collaboration between the business and civic community is a big step forward.
“We’re hoping to make each year’s Pride bigger and better than before,” he said.
“With a major employer like GiG supporting Pride, it highlights Pride as more than just the fanfare and glamour that is fun for all the family, but it also becomes an important event because there is a lot of isolation in our small islands that makes it very hard for minorities like the LGBTIQ community to integrate.”