15 October 2017

Drachma Seminar on 29 October 2017 - Rainbow Ways

This seminar will be held on Sunday 29 October 2017 at the University of Malta Chapel from 09.30 to 12.00.

It will feature the personal testimonies of 5  LGBT persons coming from different walks of life and experiencing relationships and family in different ways. The seminar will be moderated and facilitated by Dr Claudia Psaila (Faculty of Social Wellbeing) and Ms Jeanette Cauchi, a psychotherapist.

The seminar is open to the general public and admission is free.

Drachma meetings - 3rd week of October

Drachma Parents Meeting - Thursday, 19 October 

This meeting will be held at Mount Saint Joseph, Mosta at 7.30 pm. For prospective new attendees, please call 7944 2317 or 2741 7034.

Drachma LGBTI Meeting - Friday, 20 October

29 September 2017

Drachma meetings - For LGBTIQs and Parents

Drachma will be organising two meetings this coming week for the LGBTIQs and for the parents of LGBTIQ persons:

(1) Thursday, 5 October - For parents - Dar Nazaret, Tarxien, 19.30

(2) Friday, 6 October - For LGBTIQs - University Chapel, 19.30

08 September 2017

Drachma LGBTI meeting - Friday 15 September 2017

Drachma LGBTI and Drachma Parents Group meetings this year

Drachma LGBTI

Throughout this year Drachma LGBTI will be organising the two regular meetings every month. These will be held:

(a) Every First Friday of the month - always at the University Chapel - always at 19.30.

(b) Every Third Friday of the month - always at the Fortini Learning Support Centre, Cottonera (just before the Kalkara tunnel) - always at 19.30.

Drachma Parents Group

Throughout this year, Drachma Parents will be organising two meetings every month. These will be held:

(a) Every First Thursday of the month - always at Dar 
Na┼╝aret, Tarxien- always at 19.30.

(b) Every Third Thursday of the month - always at Mount Saint Joseph, Mosta - always at 19.30.

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


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