National Youth Coun­cil stands by trans­gen­der peo­ple

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The National Youth Coun­cil (KNZ) be­lieves that the Trans­gen­der Day of Remembrance is an an­nual day where one hon­ours and stands with those who suf­fered and still suf­fer from trans­pho­bia. It is an in­ter­na­tional day which puts the re­al­ism that is trans­pho­bia in the lime­light; ab­stract for some but a re­al­ity to oth­ers.

In a state­ment, KNZ cel­e­brates di­ver­sity as the holis­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of dif­fer­ent in­di­vid­u­als that form a stronger so­ci­ety. As part of a Euro­pean com­mu­nity, the Mal­tese Is­lands are open to dif­fer­ent cul­tures and peo­ples which give our chil­dren and young peo­ple first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of ac­cep­tance and be­long­ing for them to grow even more as in­di­vid­u­als.

How­ever, one must un­der­stand that such progress is done only when one re­mem­bers what his­tory has shown us. In the last years, the leg­is­la­tion for hu­man rights in Malta boomed, but un­for­tu­nately no prac­ti­cal and par­al­lel ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum has fol­lowed to en­hance a di­rect un­der­stand­ing of what the re­al­ity is show­ing us. Am­ple cases of both trans­pho­bia and ho­mo­pho­bia hap­pen on a day-to-day ba­sis, and while some make the news, oth­ers suf­fer in si­lence.

The National Youth Coun­cil pushes for the need for an ed­u­ca­tional cam­paign not only on leg­is­la­tion as a sup­port for the need to learn how to live with one another, ac­cept our dif­fer­ences and help each other flour­ish as in­di­vid­u­als.

Malta is the lead­ing coun­try when it comes to LGBTI+ leg­is­la­tion, a good prac­tice taken up by Euro­pean coun­tries. The coun­cil rec­og­nizes such hard work and ad­vo­cates for oth­ers states to reach for­ward in a prac­ti­cal ef­fort for a more open so­ci­ety. KNZ will be in­stalling gen­der neu­tral bath­rooms at its of­fices in the near fu­ture and in­vites other busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions and pub­lic of­fices to fol­low suit.

As the um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion for youth NGOs and young peo­ple, the coun­cil is fully com­mit­ted to rep­re­sents all facets of so­ci­ety and will con­tinue to fight trans­pho­bia. Its door is al­ways open for all those who want to voice their opinion and share their ideas.

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