LGBT in Malta. From the outside Malta may not be known for its LGBT community but you may be surprised to learn that it is arguably the number 1 destination.
Malta is a highly religious country with the majority of Maltese being Roman Catholic although there are many other religions represented in the country. Malta only started allowing divorce in 2011.
Fun Fact: Did you know in Malta & Gozo there are more churches than days of the year! Not bad for a country that is only 316 square kilometres!
Malta is ranked number one in the ILGA- Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) which ranks all 49 European countries in their respect of human rights and equality.
In December 2016 Malta made history by being the first European country to criminalize conversion therapy (defined as any practice which aims to change, repress or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity). A number of bills have been passed subsequently such as civil unions & equal adoption rights for same sex couples.
Malta host an annual gay pride event with this year’s event taking place in Valletta on Wednesday 20th June 2018. After the parade you will find a number of local and international street artists and act’s in the gridded streets of Valletta allowing the party to flow well into the evening. Valletta is also Capital of Culture 2018.
Where to stay – well without doubt St Julians is the place to go. You will find the largest selection of gay bars, clubs, events and venue’s here. Set on a sublime scenic coastline, the resort of St Julians offers plenty of accommodation, entertainment options as well as allowing easy access for bathing, toping up the tan and spending time on the waters edge.