Why Does Malta Remain Europe’s Most LGBTIQ+ Friendly Destination?

The right to marry is different in European countries. The Netherlands were the first country in Europe to allow same-sex marriage in 2001, and Belgium and Spain followed shortly after. Rights differ from city to city, with some having more freedom than others.

 

IDAHOT (The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia) was established in 2004 to raise awareness about violence and discrimination faced by people from various sexual orientations. The day is marked as May 17th.

 

Several European cities announced their support of gay rights during the IDAHOT. ILGA-Europe also published a report on the 11th Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex People in Europe and Central Asia. The report details improvements made and trends to watch.

 

ILGA-Europe’s rankings suggest that Malta is the most LGBTQI-friendly country in Europe.

 

In the last few years, Malta has had a clear trend toward cultural acceptance of LGBTIQ people. In 2016, the government passed a law that would punish those who attempted to change someone’s sexual orientation with a fine or imprisonment. Maltese cities are very inclusive and safe for these individuals.

 

Malta’s capital, Valletta, is a hub for the LGBTQI community. EuroPride Valletta 2023 will be hailed as a success in Malta as it marks another milestone for the island country.

 

The organisers of Euro Pride state that one of their main goals will be the discussion and assessment of LGBTIQ+ issues worldwide.

 

The Maltese LGBTIQ+ Community feels at home in the European LGBTIQ+ Movement while being mindful of the discriminatory policies in neighbouring communities, as explained by local NGO Allied Rainbow Communities, the organiser of the EuroPride Valletta 2023. Malta was ranked first on the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association’s Rainbow Index for five years in a row.

To prepare for the EuroPride Valletta 2023 events, visit the official website https://www.europride2023.mt.

 

Duration
2 hours
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Up to 15

Valletta Queer History Walking Tour

Are you in the mood for an exciting and educational day out? Then we've got just the thing for you! The Valletta Queer History Walking Tour is an incredible way to explore one of Europe's most scenic and walkable cities, Valletta.

What sets this tour apart is that it provides an authentic exploration of Valletta's landmarks and history from the perspective of the LGBTQ+ community. You'll get a unique perspective on the city center, the red light district, and even the outskirts. Your tour guide will provide fascinating details about the LGBTIQ+ cultural heritage that make this city so special.

This tour is perfect for anyone who's interested in learning about history and culture in a new and exciting way. You'll be able to see Valletta in a whole new light, with an uncensored version of the city's history that you won't find in guidebooks.

But what really makes this tour stand out is the fun and friendly atmosphere that your guides provide. You'll feel welcome and included from the moment you join the tour. the guide is knowledgeable, passionate, and eager to share they love of Valletta with you.

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Duration
2 hours
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Up to 15

From Stigma to Empowerment: A Women's History Tour of Valletta

Discover the rich history of women in Valletta like never before with our unique walking tour. Join us as we explore the city's must-see places while presenting a different perspective that highlights the important role of women in shaping the city's past and present.

This tour offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of women who freely offered non-marital services for private benefits. Discover their struggles, entrepreneurial pursuits, hopes, and dreams as we walk through the streets of Valletta.

As we delve deeper into the hidden stories of women, you'll be transported back in time to learn about their contributions to the city's cultural and economic development. From the pioneering businesswomen who ran their own shops to the fearless activists who fought for women's rights, this tour will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the women of Valletta.

But our tour isn't just informative - it's also fun! With an engaging and knowledgeable guide, you'll enjoy a lively and interactive experience that celebrates the untold stories of women in Valletta. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn about the city's history from a feminine perspective. Join us for a walking tour that's both educational and entertaining!

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
Up to 10

Valetta Street Food & LGBTIQ+ History Tour

Are you ready for an unforgettable day of exploring, eating, and learning? Join us on our Valletta Street Food and LGBT History Tour, where you'll get to experience the city's rich culinary traditions and vibrant LGBTQ+ culture.

Our tour takes you on a journey through Valletta's fascinating history, with a focus on the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community. As we explore the city's landmarks, including the red-light district and the city center, our knowledgeable guides will share stories of the queer individuals who helped shape Valletta's identity.

But that's not all - we also make plenty of stops along the way to sample delicious local specialties! So make sure to come hungry and be prepared to indulge in some of the city's most mouth-watering street food.

With our friendly and passionate guides leading the way, you'll feel welcome and included from the moment you join the tour. And by the end of the day, you'll have a newfound appreciation for Valletta's unique history, as well as a full stomach!

So don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience. Join us on our Valletta Street Food and LGBT History Tour and discover the city's rich culture and cuisine like never before.

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4 hours 30 minutes
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Vino Voyage: Private Mdina and Wine Tasting Experience

On a day trip in Malta, visit the Game of Thrones filming location in Mdina first. Savour a tour of Mdina and finish with a tasting session at the nearby Boutique Wine Estate alone or with your favourite people and a friendly guide.

Mdina, the old Capital City of Malta, is over 4000 years old and has an extensive history. Many interesting people come through its gates, including the apostle Paul. Throughout the years, people have referred to this city in many different ways. You may call it the "Notable City," the "Silent City”, or even "Kings Landing", as the GOT fans would refer to it.

Join us on a walk on the medieval streets of Mdina. Unlike other tours, we'll take you on a trip through time and help you understand all of Mdina's major historical milestones and queer heritage -you won't find this information in your average guidebook! It's a fun way to explore Malta's heart and soul with a licensed queerlor-made tour.

The tour will end near Mdina with a boutique winery, where you can enjoy magnificent views with a few nice glasses of wine and the picturesque old capital city in the background before your driver takes you to your accommodation.