07 June 2017

Rainbow flag used during IDAHO 2017 - DRACHMA STATEMENT



On May 17th, Drachma held a prayer vigil, as it does every year, to commemorate all victims of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. This worldwide event largely escapes the attention of the media, but it has been celebrated globally for the past ten years.

 It was only natural for us, this year, to place the rainbow flag around the altar, along with the statue of Our Lady, as we prayed especially for our brothers and sisters in Chechnya who are undergoing brutal persecution just for being gay. The rainbow colours of the flag symbolise the diversity that exists among God’s children and replace the colour pink as this is reminiscent of the six-pointed pink star that gay persons had to wear at Nazi concentration camps.

 Unfortunately, discrimination and homophobia are still rampant in all countries, including Malta, as exemplified by the fact that a small number of persons seem to have taken objection to the use of the rainbow flag in the chapel during this said vigil. It is, indeed, ironic and sad that the persecution, electrocution, arrest, public flogging and killing of gay persons in countries such as Chechnya, Nigeria and Indonesia goes unnoticed and is not even considered to be newsworthy, while such a simple and spontaneous gesture marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) was interpreted as a sacrilegious action.


If you want to know more about persecution of gay persons in Chechnya you may link to: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/13/they-called-us-animals-chechens-prison-beatings-electric-shocks-anti-gay-purge   



Chris Vella and Joseanne Peregin

Coordinators - Drachma

6 June 2017



Further coverage of this story:

Rainbow flag decorated altar fuels controversy: Event marked International Day Against Homophobia
https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170607/local/rainbow-flag-decorated-altar-fuels-controversy.650117#.WTeKIlX19Ds.facebook

https://newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/cool-minds-avert-a-stand-off-in-rainbow-flag-flap/?utm_content=buffer38832&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Maltese Gay Catholic Group Has The Best Response For Haters Of Rainbow-Flag Altar Vigil: Some people worry about the prosecution of gays in Chechnya, others worry about altar etiquette https://lovinmalta.com/news/this-maltese-gay-catholic-group-had-the-best-response-to-haters


08 May 2017

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - 17 May 2017

Drachma activity: Prayer Vigil and family testimonies


We would like to cordially invite you to attend a prayer vigil and sharing of family testimonies that is being held on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 at the University Chapel.

The 17th May is celebrated annually, and has been so for the past ten years, as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

The objective is to remember the victims of hate and phobia, as well as to celebrate the joy of who we are. We also realise that it is by our collective witness that we can truly counter all forms of prejudice, misunderstanding, hate and exclusion. It will also be an opportunity to come together in a positive sign of solidarity and hope especially in the wake of multiple crimes against LGBTIQ people around the world, particularly in places such as Chechnya, Russia and Africa.   


Kindly spread the word!

LGBTI meeting on Friday 12 May at Cospicua


Our next LGBTI meeting will be held this coming Friday 12 May 2017 at the Parish Centre of Bormla (Cospicua) Ċentru Sagra Familja. For those who never came to this place, when you enter the Three Cities from Għajn Dwieli side, proceed down the road towards Cospicua and park close to the Church of St Paul, which is where the street forks out, on one side towards Senglea and the other towards the old Dockyard. We will be meeting at 7.30 pm next to this St Paul Church and there we will have just a 1 minute walk to the Parish Centre.

You can follow this Google Map showing how to get there by car/bus from Marsa (Vjal Aldo Moro): https://www.google.com.mt/maps/