Angela Coleiro will become Malta’s first ever trans woman to contest a general election after the Nationalist Party approved her nomination, Lovin Malta is informed.
Coleiro, a NET presenter, will contest on the ninth and tenth districts in the upcoming general election, which will be held by 2022.
“To serve you and my country, and not myself,” she said in a post last night.
Last month, she confirmed her plans to contest the next election and become the first transgender woman candidate in Maltese history.
“No government or party enjoys a monopoly over people within the LGBTIQ community,” Coleiro wrote. “These people have hearts, brains and abilities like everyone else. Their lives don’t only revolve around civil liberties but every aspect of life, just like all other citizens.”
Since its election to government in 2013, the Labour Party has introduced a swathe of civil liberties, such as legalising gay marriage and civil unions and allowing people to legally change their gender so that it’s in line with their gender identity.
However, Coleiro said that while these laws were an important and positive step in the right direction, they in no way mean she owes her support to the party in government.
“I disagree with corruption, with deals like Vitals and Electrogas, with Panama companies, the murder of a journalist, and unbridled development,” she said.
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