17th May marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

17th May marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Reference Number: 17052021, Press Release Issue Date: May 17, 2021
 
Around the world, individuals continue to face violence, exclusion and discrimination on a daily basis, because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to even higher levels of violence and discrimination against LGBTI persons, including domestic violence, hate speech online and offline, arbitrary arrests and other violations. These acts are unacceptable and Malta stresses the importance of ending their impunity.

This year, to commemorate IDAHOT, the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs hoisted the rainbow flag, together with its Embassies, High Commissions and Permanent Representations in Washington, Brussels, Lisbon, The Hague, Paris, Vienna, New York, Dublin, Canberra, Geneva and Beijing. Various Missions also supported statements and/or took part in online or offline initiatives supporting the rights of LGBTI persons. 

In line with this year’s IDAHOT theme “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!”, Malta will continue to address discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and call for fairer, more inclusive and sustainable societies.

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