AD participates in the Gay Pride March held in Valletta
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Alternattiva Demokratika has taken part in the Gay Pride March organized by the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM), which was held in Valletta today.
Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said, "AD salutes the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and the movements and activists who struggle for LGBT rights. We support such calls for a more equal and inclusive society, which is ultimately what democracy should be all about."
"Green parties have always been the most progressive parties when it comes to LGBT rights. The track record of the Greens in the European Parliament is a case in point. Greens are also the most ardent supporters of LGBT NGOs."
"Malta is no exception. Alternattiva Demokratika – the Green is against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and, unlike the other political parties in Malta, we fully support the proposed anti-discrimination directive being proposed within the EU. AD is also the only party with a clear declared stand in favour of registered partnerships."
Yvonne Arqueros Ebejer, AD spokesperson for Civil Rights, said. "Various societies have introduced various social reforms – from anti-discrimination at work to recognition of gay families, yet, many challenges remain. In some societies, such as Uganda and Iran, basic gay rights are still inexistent and being gay can actually lead to death. In others, such as the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Britain, Denmark, South Africa, and Canada, to name a few, various rights exist, including forming civil unions, depending on the country."
"In Malta, even though homosexuality was decriminalised in the 1970s and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at work was made illegal following Malta’s EU accession, people with an LGBT identity are being discriminated in various other areas, most notably when it comes to family policy."
‘The LGBT community can rest assured on AD’s support. Unlike others political parties, we do not say one thing to one audience and another thing to another audience."