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What’s it like to be LGBTI in Malta?

What’s it like to be LGBTI in Malta?

What’s it like to be LGBTI in one of the smallest nations in the world?

A new video from Sprout Media asks four students at the University of Malta what life has been like for them growing up.

‘There’s a lot of positive energy’, says filmmaker Alex Caruana of life in Malta for gay people.

‘Things are not perfect, but we have the best laws and activists are coming out to continue the fight for LGBT rights,’ Caruana told Gay Star News by email. ‘People’s approach has changed as well. It’s safe to be LGBT. Malta has changed drastically during these last years.’

After 25 years under a centre-right government, Malta now has a Labour government. Two years ago, it introduced civil partnerships and one year ago enhanced the rights of trans and intersex people dramatically.

The video poses the question: ‘What would your ideal world be like?’ to its participants.

One boy answers: ‘[Where] there aren’t any assumptions that need to be made: You don’t meet someone and from their appearance you say, “oh, he’s gay or straight”.’