Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Activists Raise £20K Out on the Roof

On 6 July 2019, the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) generously sponsored GiveOut – the award-winning charity working to support the global struggle for LGBTQI rights – to host ‘Out on the Roof’, an exclusive rooftop brunch at Malta’s High Commission in central London to celebrate Pride in London.

Pride 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and an opportunity to celebrate the progress made towards equality and dignity for the LGBTQI community, while acknowledging the work still to be done.

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Heidi McCormack

The prestigious event brought together the leading LGBTQI executives and young professionals, including Emerald Life co-founder and CEO Heidi McCormack, who support GiveOut. They celebrated Pride in style and learnt about Malta as a leader on LGBTQI equality and more GiveOut’s work. The key note speaker was Helena Dalli, Malta’s Minister of European Affairs and Equality.

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A Feast For The Senses

Guests enjoyed Maltese-inspired delicacies by renowned Maltese chef Nicole Pisani. The former head-chef at Michelin-star restaurant Nopi designed a bespoke feast full of Maltese flavours and scents. The stunning backdrop of central London, at the Maltese High Commission adjacent to the Pride Parade route, made an inspiring backdrop before attendees headed into the parade to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the day.

In total, through the event, GiveOut raised £20,000 to help LGBTQI people around the world who face serious human rights abuses for being themselves. Courageous activists are doing vital work to protect and improve the lives of LGBTQI people, but they are under-resourced.

GiveOut works to address this problem by enabling individuals and businesses to give in one place to support LGBTQI activism worldwide. The charity distributes these pooled donations as grants to activist-led organisations around the world, ensuring they have more of the resources they need to defend their communities and campaign for equality.

Elliot Vaughn, GiveOut’s founder and chair of the Board of Trustees:
‘We were delighted to host our supporters, friends and sponsors in such an incredible space to celebrate the Pride and mark the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. It was an honour to welcome Minister Dalli to speak and we are tremendously grateful to the Malta High Commission in London and the Maltese Tourism Authority for their generous support.’

Helena Dalli, Maltese Minister of European Affairs and Equality:
“Stonewall gave visibility to LGBTQI people and started a process of affirmation and inclusion, but that process remains incomplete everywhere. The Maltese government set this as its goal and we are working towards it. Thank you to GiveOut for hosting such a wonderful event to mark the occasion and to celebrate Malta’s progress on LGBTQI equality.”