I arrived in Malta on Thursday night and have been to the sea two times. Since it is only a seven minute walk from where I stay, I will go pretty much everyday. I love to swim and rarely get to do so these days, so it is laps and more laps with respite on the beach for me.
I have experienced great hospitality from my Maltese friends, especially Diane and her partner Marion. Today we ate lunch at a stellar Italian restaurant. Paulo, the chef, heard I was vegan and went to town creating me an enormous dish of fresh pasta with plum tomatoes, olives and garlic. Yum. Forget the churches and palaces, when I travel, I like to eat.
Malta remains a conservative country with over 90% of the population Roman Catholic. It is one of two countries in the world where divorce is not legally available. The Sunday Times, a right wing paper, has only just recently published articles about gay Catholics like James Alison, who was here not too long ago. I sat with a reporter for the paper yesterday, and she sat wide eyed as I told her about my descent into the ex-gay world. She had no idea, but then she knew of many closeted Maltese. Many eventually leave the island to live more openly. Shame that family and friends accept some of us only on conditional terms. It encourages dishonesty, secrecy and the building of walls.
Tonight they will have their gay pride parade. Since it is so hot during the day, they have the parade at 9:30 at night. Memphis could learn something from this! Then I will hang out with the boys. Most of my times have been with some lovely lesbians, including attending a screening of the lesbian love story, The Gymnast. My estrogen levels are rising and I need to balance them out a bit :-p
My shows are not until next Friday and Saturday. The censors approved them after reading my script, but only for people 16 and older. I guess I am edgy for something. Okay must shower off all the salt from the sea and get myself pretty for pride.