Malta, a sun-kissed archipelago in the Mediterranean, is more than just a tourist destination. It’s a symbol of hope for the LGBTQ+ community. With its progressive laws and welcoming atmosphere, Malta has set a benchmark for LGBTQ+ rights in Europe.

Notable achievements

  • Legislation: Malta was the first European country to ban conversion therapy in 2016. This pioneering move was a significant step towards recognizing and protecting the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Top Rankings: According to the ILGA-Europe’s annual Rainbow Europe Index, Malta has consistently ranked first for several years, scoring an impressive 90% in terms of LGBTQ+ rights and policies.
  • Transgender and Intersex Rights: Malta’s Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sex Characteristics Act, enacted in 2015, is considered one of the most progressive in the world. It allows individuals to change their legal gender without undergoing surgery or hormone therapy.

Beyond the stats, historical sites and natural beauty, the Maltese are known for their warm hospitality. This extends to their acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. From restaurants to bars and night clubs, you can let loose, relax whilst feeling safe and welcomed.

In September 2023, Malta proudly hosted EuroPride, a significant event that underscored its dedication to LGBTQ+ rights and its influential role in championing them within the region. More than just a parade, EuroPride celebrated the rich tapestry of diversity, acceptance, and the remarkable progress in LGBTQ+ rights. The vibrant festivities saw visitors immerse themselves in a myriad of cultural events, parties, and the iconic grand parade which was followed by a free Christina Aguilera concert in the nation’s capital. Malta’s streets came alive with hues, melodies, and dances, as throngs of people united in a celebration of love. Beyond the celebrations, the event facilitated crucial discussions, workshops, and seminars, addressing the LGBTQ+ community’s challenges, ensuring that the event leaves a lasting impact long after the celebrations have concluded.

While EuroPride shone a global spotlight on Malta, it also it symbolised an endorsement to what nations can achieve with dedication and a commitment to equality. However, the journey doesn’t end here. With continued efforts in education, public perception, and healthcare, Malta can not only maintain its top spot but also serve as an all-encompassing haven for the LGBTQ+ community.