Allied Rainbows Community coordinator, Clayton Mercieca, took to Facebook to condemn the actions of a bouncer in Paceville who allegedly kicked out and beat on two women for sharing a kiss.
He also called for all Paceville bar and club owners to “sort out” their bouncers.
“Nordic Bar Malta, don’t shake off responsibility by saying you don’t directly employ the bouncers. You have a responsibility for anyone working within the club/bar,” he said.
“No one should be subject to this sort of treatment for kissing someone,” he continued.
Mercieca spoke out after a woman recounted a “horrendous” homophobic attack at The Nordic Bar In Paceville last night, detailing it on the popular Facebook group Are You Being Served (Malta & Gozo) Original.
The woman explained that she and the other woman went to Nordic to “have a drink and listen to some music”.
“As we went in, we were asked to sit by the table due to COVID-19 restrictions, which we did immediately,” she said.
“We shared a kiss, and soon enough one of the bouncers came to our table to kick us out,” she continued.
Initially, they were unsure of the reason that led to their discriminatory dismissal so they resisted and asked for an explanation.
The bouncer reacted to their questions violently.
“He threw us to the ground, kicked us several times and held us down,” she detailed.
Mercieca shared Gera’s post and condemned the actions of the bouncers while calling for the club owner to assume some responsibility.
The Police Officers Union recently called for a specialised Paceville unit with proper training and a better allowance to prevent similar incidents from taking place.
Homophobic attacks are not exclusive to Paceville, though. A gay Maltese man was recently set-up, attacked and robbed after making plans to meet another man on the dating app Grindr.
Such discrimination has no place anywhere, especially not in a country that boasts the first ranking for the respect and implementation of LGBTQ+ rights.
A report of the international LGBT+ federation ILGA reinforced that ranking for the sixth year in a row but revealed some mounting dark spots.
In fact, an online survey by the Malta Gay Rights Movement found that over half of LGBT+ people in Malta felt unsafe in Paceville.
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