Malta zoomed up to the number one spot after bringing in civil unions, outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation and introducing one of the most progressive transgender laws in the world, where identity doesn't depend on a doctor’s certification. The country is bringing in a law to ban gay conversion therapy and both the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader have committed themselves to marriage equality.
Ira Losco, has long been an advocate of LGBTI rights and said, “If I win I will be thrilled, of course, but Eurovision fans will be winners too, because they would be able to look forward to a brilliant contest next year in a country that is genuine about LGBTI equality. Malta would be turned into a Eurovision sunshine island.”
Malta is already making preparations to host Junior Eurovision for a second time in November 2016.