2015 - 2016
In this day and age, despite an abundant amount of awareness related to LGBTIQ issues, the suicide rate amongst transgender youth around the world remains overwhelmingly high, as a consequence of lack of acceptance. This story follows the life of Willa, a 7-year-old Maltese transgender girl, the first girl to go public about her situation, as well as the first to face legal hurdles that come with the new law, brought about by the novelty of the law, and concerns linked with minors. Willa is growing up in an environment where she is accepted and supported to be who she is, by her family, her school and the state alike. Such acceptance may be the key to bringing down young trans suicide rates worldwide. In the past few years, Malta has ranked first in the European rainbow map of LGBTIQ rights for progressive laws. In April 2015, laws were approved which tightened legal boundaries on discrimination. The laws also provided transgender individuals with the go-ahead to legally change their gender without the need for surgery or psychological assessments.