September is traditionally a time when a string of exciting events for Pride are organised – a month-long celebration to commemorate the hardships and love within the LGBTQ+ community.
However, the pandemic halted all of those usual activities.
The organisation at the heart of all these memorable experiences is the Allied Rainbow Community, a group of people dedicated to representing those minorities which are most in need of a voice.
As we start Malta Pride Month, we cannot but reflect on the year that ensued from Pride 2019.
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Luckily, a number of initiatives in aid of the local LGBTQ+ community have been launched as an alternative in order to be compliant with the Health authorities’ guidelines.
1. Free HIV Testing
One of the most pertinent projects is the free HIV testing and consultation that they’re offering on the 22nd 24th, 25th, 29th and 30th September.
“The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Unit with the collaboration of Sexual Health doctors and nurses with the support of Allied Rainbow Communities will be offering rapid testing in HIV and consultation on HIV prevention,” the group said in their Facebook post.
The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Unit with the collaboration of Sexual Health doctors and nurses with the…
2. LGBTQ+ Films
Another activity during Pride Month is a short film screening at Spazju Kreattiv in Valletta on the 8th, 11th, 13th and 19th September.
The short film follows the story of one young man tackling the culture of homophobia in the military after discovering a connection with a fellow recruit, all during South Africa’s white-minority government.
A documentary is also being shown at Spazzju Kreattiv on the 17th and 27th September which brings together rare archive footage and interviews from across a spectrum of historical campaigns by the LGBTQ+ community.
Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/Iijydr5UUtg
This gem of a documentary is being screened as part of #MaltaPride2002 month exclusively on the 17th and 27th September
3. Tattoos for Pride
This is the second edition of Tattoos for Pride after a successful event last year. 100% of the profits from the tattoo at Modern Tribe Tattoo Studio will go towards LGBTQ+ activist group MGRM.
Unlike last year, bookings will have to be made to participate to ensure social distancing. Reserve a time slot with the tattoo studio in Birkirkara on the 18th or 19th September to support Malta’s LGBTQ+ community.
4. Gathering for Bears and Friends
Lastly, a socially distant gathering at Maori in Valletta in support of the LGBTQ+ community will take place. Everyone is invited to participate but seats are limited to be compliant with Public Health guidelines.
The organisation is calling for this year’s Pride month to be “less performative but more symbolic” to abide by COVID-19 guidelines.
“We invite public buildings and businesses to hoist pride flags and display pride colours, donate to LGBTQ+ organisations to keep doing their work, collaborate with them to create more sensibility, use your socials to share your message of pride.”
“Each of these acts will make a person who thinks they are unloved feel less isolated and seen,” ARC said.