IDAHOBIT 2020 – Launch of ‘Mapping the Rainbow’

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Mapping the Rainbow – Researching the diverse colours of the LGBTIQ community’ is an HRD publication and the result of a project held in collaboration with the University of Malta’s Department of Gender Studies and Sexualities, the Europe Direct Information Centre and the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement.
Research Symposiums are regularly held by the University of Malta, to present the works of its students, but this was the first to focus exclusively on LGBTIQ related themes. The LGBTIQ Research Symposium was held on the 10th May 2019 with three panels focusing on Non-conformity & Institutions, Social Issues and Education. Themes included: the role of the anti-gender movement in the continuing struggle for LGBTIQ equality; the experiences of LGBTIQ people of faith; the continued invisibility of intimate same-sex partner violence and older LGBTIQ persons; and sexual orientation and gender identity issues in schools. Eight of the nine presentations are represented in this publication.
The publication was subsequently launched the following year, on the 20th May 2020, for the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). The launch event saw the participation of Gabi Calleja, Head of the SOGIGESC Unit within the Human Rights Directorate; Dr. Claire Azzopardi Lane, Lecturer at the University of Malta and one of the editors of the publication; Hon. Rosianne Cutajar, Parliamentary Secretary for Equality and Reforms; and Hon. Edward Zammit Lewis, Minister for Justice, Equality and Governance. During the event, re-usable facemasks in the rainbow colours were also distributed.
The soft version of the publication can be accessed for free on this website, while a hard copy can be picked up from the Human Rights Directorate’s offices in Paola while stocks last.
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