It’s only been a few days since Malta lifted a longstanding ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, but singer Glen Vella has already taken advantage of the situation.
Glen, a former Eurovision contestant and the 2021 Mużika Mużika winner, posted a photo of himself at a blood donation centre today, his mask barely concealing the smile on his face.
“Finally made it,” Glen wrote. “Equality for all. Another milestone for our country Malta.”
Malta lifted its ban a few days ago to mark the beginning of Pride Week, with Prime Minister Robert Abela hailing the decision as a move towards further equality.
The ban was originally introduced in the 1980s due to fears that gay men were at greater risk of transmitting AIDS and has proven to be controversial, with LGBT+ activists arguing that the blanket ban on an entire sexual orientation amounted to a discriminatory practice.
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