Malta Once Again Secures Top Spot on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index for the 9th Consecutive Year

Malta has once again demonstrated its commitment to equality and inclusion by securing the top spot on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index for the ninth consecutive year.

This milestone underscores Malta’s unwavering dedication to LGBTIQ+ rights and sets a benchmark for other nations. In September 2023, Malta proudly hosted EuroPride 2024, an event that celebrated diversity and progress, drawing attention to the significant strides made in fostering a more inclusive society.

A highlight of Malta’s ongoing efforts is the government’s launch of the third LGBTIQ+ Equality Strategy and Action Plan (2023-2027). This comprehensive plan aims to further advance the rights and well-being of the LGBTIQ community, ensuring sustained progress over the next three years.

Malta Pride 2022

In a pioneering move, the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) will introduce social housing, Dar il-Qawsalla (Rainbow House), specifically for LGBTIQ individuals, addressing a critical need for safe and supportive living environments.

Malta continues to set a powerful example of how dedicated efforts and strategic action can drive meaningful change.

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Couple in Sliema, looking over to Valletta

About Malta

Malta and its sister islands Gozo and Comino, an archipelago in the Mediterranean, boasts a year round sunny climate and 8,000 years of intriguing history. It is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Valletta, Malta’s Capital, built by the proud Knights of St. John. Malta has the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, showcasing one of the British Empire’s most formidable defense systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military structures from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. Rich in culture, Malta has a year-round calendar of events and festivals, attractive beaches, yachting, trendy gastronomical scene with 7 Michelin-starred restaurants and a thriving nightlife, there is something for everyone. 

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SEEN IN MAIN IMAGE: Couple dining in Gozo – image courtesy of MTA

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Linda Hohnholz