Gay-Straight Al­liance group at MCAST launched

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

So­cial Di­a­logue, Civil Lib­er­ties and Con­sumer Af­fairs Min­is­ter He­lena Dalli, to­gether with the Malta Col­lege of Arts, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (MCAST) stu­dent coun­cil yes­ter­day an­nounced the launch of an LGBTIQ group called the ‘GayS­traight Al­liance MCAST’.

Dr Dalli ex­plained that this group is a per­fect ex­am­ple of how each stu­dent coun­cil can work so that all stu­dents at each stage of their aca­demic career can feel as in­cluded and se­cure in there en­vi­ron­ment as pos­si­ble.

She said that al­though there have been large im­prove­ments with re­gard to civil lib­er­ties in Malta, there are still those who do not re­spect the dig­nity of the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity. In line with this, Dr Dalli con­demned in full the trans­pho­bic and bul­ly­ing com­ments that were made by an ed­u­ca­tor to a trans in­di­vid­ual:

“I thought that at­ti­tudes were chang­ing, but in­stead I now feel as though we have gone back­wards in time when I heard these com­ments from some­body who is sup­posed to ed­u­cate in a kind and in­clu­sive so­ci­ety.”

“It is for this rea­son that an or­gan­i­sa­tion like GSAM is im­por­tant, so that it can work to­wards a change in at­ti­tudes against the LGBTIQ peo­ple of this coun­try,” said Dr Dalli.

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