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PR 30-6-2012 "LGBT persons should have the same rights as heterosexual married persons" - AD

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    Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party www.alternattiva.org.mt P.O. Box 38, Marsa, MTP1001 PR 30-6-2012 “LGBT persons should have the same rights as
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 30, 2012
    Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party
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    P.O. Box 38, Marsa, MTP1001


    PR 30-6-2012
    “LGBT persons should have the same rights as heterosexual married persons” AD



    Michael Briguglio, AD chairperson, said: "AD supports the calls of the
    LGBT community for equality in all aspects of social policy. We salute
    LGBT activists for standing up to be counted for equal rights. AD is
    the only party with clear policies on LGBT rights, and our upcoming
    electoral manifesto will confirm this. As chairperson of the Green
    Party, I believe that equality is a key issue for progressive
    politics, irrespective of one's sexual orientation".

    Angele Deguara, AD spokesperson for social policy and civil rights,
    said: "I have been taking part in the gay pride march for many years
    because I believe that diversity should be embraced and celebrated.
    Unfortunately many LGBT people do not yet have the courage or feel
    unable to participate in the Pride Parade, reflecting the fact athat
    in our society LGBT people are not yet comfortable to reveal their
    sexual orientation in public. AD acknowledges that nowadays Maltese
    society has become more open but there is still much to be done to
    overcome homophobia and transphobia both on a cultural and political
    level".

    "AD believes that LGBT couples should enjoy equal rights as
    heterosexual married people in all aspects of life and that
    discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
    should be taken more seriously. LGBT people are still facing a number
    of difficulties in life which are causing them unnecessary hardship.
    AD appreciates that the legislation pertaining to hate crime has been
    widened to include sexual orientation as has the remit of the National
    Commission for the Promotion of Equality. However, in both cases, it
    is the implementation which matters most. For the NCPE to be able to
    deal effectively with cases of inequality on the basis of gender
    identity and sexual orientation, the government has to allocate
    adequate funds and human resources. Changing the law without ensuring
    that the NCPE can monitor discrimination and deal with individual
    cases effectively is a futile exercise.”

    “AD is also concerned about the plight of transgender persons. Apart
    from the fact that gender reassignment surgery is not provided by the
    state health services free of charge as it should be, these persons
    still face a lot of discrimination and uncertainties. There are still
    many obstacles in terms of their official documents which should be
    changed to reflect their new identity as well as in relation to
    marriage. AD believes that transgender persons should be allowed to
    marry, in line with European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence and
    not left in gender nowhereland as they are at present".

    Deguara concluded that a modern, pluralistic society should not base
    its policies on one model of the family but should recognise different
    family forms and design policies which reflect this reality.


    PR 30-6-2012
    “Koppji LGBT ghandu jkollhom l-istess drittijiet bhal nies
    eterosesswali mizzewgin” – AD


    Michael Briguglio, ic-chairperson ta’ AD qal: "AD tappogga s-sejha
    tal-komunita’ LGBT ghal ugwaljanza f’kull aspett tal-politka socjali.
    Insellmu lill-attivisti LGBT li qeghdin isemmghu lehinhom biex
    jinkisbu dawn id-drittijiet. AD huwa l-uniku partit b’politika cara
    dwar drittijiet ta’ nies LGBT, u l-manifest elettorali li jmiss se
    jikkonferma dan. Bhala chairperson tal-Green Party, nemmen li
    l-ugwaljanza hija aspett krucjali ta’ poIitka progressiva,
    irrispettivament mill-orjentazzjoni sesswali ta’ dak li jkun”.

    Angele Deguara, il-kelliema ta’ AD ghall-politika socjali u drittijiet
    civili, qalet: "Ili niehu sehem fil-gay pride ghal hafna snin ghax
    nemmen li d-diversita’ hija xihaga li ghandha tigi iccelebrata.
    Sfortunatament hafna nies LGBT ghad m’ghandhomx il-kuragg jew ghadhom
    ma jistghux jippartecipaw fil-Pride Parade. Dan jirrifletti l-fatt li
    fis-socjeta taghna nies LGBT ghadhom mhumiex komdi li juru
    pubblikament l-orjentazzjoni sesswali taghhom. AD taghraf li llum
    il-gurnata is-socjeta Maltija saret aktar miftuha imma xorta ghad hemm
    hafna x’isir biex nikkumbattu l-omofobija u t-transfobija kemm fuq
    livell kulturali kif ukoll politiku."

    "AD temmen li koppji LGBT ghandu jkollhom drittijiet ugwali bhal ta’
    koppji eterosesswali mizzewgin f’kull aspett tal-hajja u li
    d-diskriminazzjoni fuq bazi ta’ orjentazzjoni sesswali jew identita
    ta’ generu iridu jittiehdu aktar bis-serjeta. Nies LGBT ghadhom qed
    jaffaccjaw numru ta’ diffikultajiet fil-hajja li qed jikkawzawlhom
    tbatija bla bzonn. AD tapprezza li l-ligi tal-hate crimes giet
    imwessgha biex tinkludi l-orjentazzjoni sesswali bhal ma giet ukoll
    imwessgha l-missjoni tal-Kummissjoni Nazzjonali ghall-Promozzjoni
    tal-Ugwaljanza. Izda, fiz-zewg kazi, hija l-implimentazzjoni li hija
    l-aktar importanti. Biex l-NCPE tkun tista’ tindirizza b’mod effettiv
    kazi ta’ inugwaljanza fuq bazi ta’ identita’ ta’ generu u
    orjentazzjoni sesswali, il-gvern irid jalloka l-fondi u r-rizorsi
    umani necessarji. Li tibdel il-ligi minghajr ma tara li l-NCPE hija
    attrezzata biex tissorvelja d-diskriminazzjoni u titratta kazi
    individwali b’mod effettiv, huwa ezercizzju fil-vojt.”

    “AD hija wkoll imhassba dwar is-sitwazzjoni ta’ nies transgender.
    Apparti l-fatt li l-operazzjoni biex jinbidel il-generu mhix
    ipprovduta mill-istat minghajr hlas kif ghandha tkun, dawn il-persuni
    ghadhom qed jaffaccjaw hafna diskriminazzjoni u incertezzi. Ghad hemm
    hafna ostakli fejn jidhlu dokumenti ufficjali li jridu jinbidlu biex
    jirriflettu l-identita’ gdida taghhom kif ukoll fejn jidhol iz-zwieg.
    AD temmen li persuni transgender ghandhom jithallew jizzewgu, skont
    il-gurisprudenza tal-Qorti Ewropea tad-Drittijiet tal-Bniedem u mhux
    jithallew f’dezert fejn la huma hemm u lanqas hawn".

    Deguara ikkonkludiet li socjeta moderna, pluralista, m’ghandhiex
    tibbaza l-politika taghha fuq mudell wiehed ta’ familja imma ghandha
    taghraf forom differenti u tfassal politika li tirrifletti din
    ir-realta’.
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