Gay-Friendly Malta Hosts Europride Valletta 2023

Gay-Friendly Malta Hosts Europride Valletta 2023

EuroPride Valletta 2023 will take place in the capital city of Malta from September 7 -17. This dreamy island off the coast of Sicily unites Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has invited tourists and settlers to embrace its natural beauty for decades. 

The island boasts a diverse population where many can feel safe and accepted. In 2014, anti-discrimination laws were introduced in the Maltese Constitution, and they continue to protect citizens and create a safe environment for LGBTQ+ visitors and residents. 

Malta has ranked number one on the Rainbow Europe Map & Index for the past seven years, and has also won first place in IGLA- Europe’s annual review of human rights situations for LGBTQ+ people in Europe since 2016.  

Malta is not only a haven for the LGBTQIA+ community, but also a gorgeous spot to vacation with 300 days of sunshine per year, clear water beaches, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are worth the visit. It also offers plenty of vibrant culture, nightlife, and a friendly population. 

This year’s pride celebration commences with an opening ceremony on September 7th and will continue for 10 days, ending with the annual pride march and concert. Throughout the week enjoy activities hosted by the Allied Rainbow Communities and other organizations including exhibitions, drag, burlesque and cabaret shows, films, and literary art presentations. Conferences will be on various topics including human rights, LGBTQ+ at work, and interfaith.

On the final day of pride, the family-friendly parade will bring floats, speeches, performances and giveaways to Valletta’s main streets. Following the parade will be a concert at the Granaries in Floriana. 

Read the full article to learn more about Malta’s LGBTQ+ culture and the upcoming pride celebrations.

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