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Over the past few years, Malta has experienced a definite and positive shift towards greater cultural acceptance of LGBTIQ in all aspects of life. This, together with recent changes in legislation introduced by government, saw the Maltese Islands rise to first place on the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Europe Index in 2016 & 2017. This has also contributed to make Malta increasingly popular with gay travelers.
Malta became the 15th EU state to introduce same-sex marriage through the new marriage equality act on Wednesday 12th July. Lawmakers gave near-unanimous approval to the bill, three years after passing a law permitting civil partnerships.
The vote was one of prime minister Joseph Muscat's first actions following his election victory last month. "It's a historic vote. This shows that our democracy and society have reached a level of maturity and we can now say that we are all equal," he said after the text was passed.
Guests from abroad will find that the vast majority of the Maltese people are gracious and welcoming hosts, eager to help them discover Malta, Gozo and Comino and make their stay enjoyable and hassle-free. The gay community will be glad to share tips on the best restaurants, cafes, pubs, nightclubs and boutiques to visit, as well as gay-friendly hotels and other accommodation to stay in. They will also know about upcoming events, social gatherings and parties.
For information about the gay scene in Malta and Gozo, consult gaymalta.com - a non-profit website which contains an up-to-date Gay Events Calendar, Local News, a listing of currently open Gay Bars/Venues and other info.
There is no official gay beach in Malta but there is a gay area located at a secluded area in Gnejna Bay. Many locals gather on a flat stone plateau directly at the sea which can be accessed either by boat from the main sandy beach of Gnejna or else walking along hillside paths that lead to Gnejna from Ghajn tuffieha Bay. As always, like-minded locals are your best guides.