The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is disappointed but unsurprised at the passing of the Domestic Partnership Act by the House of Assembly and the Senate. This legislation creates a ‘watered down’ version of rights, leading to a separate-but-equal status under the law. Ultimately, no separate-but-equal measure allows for equality or justice.
Bermuda LGBTQ Support Groups continue tonight, Thursday November 30, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, aiming to offer support to the Bermuda LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community and their family and friends.
by Joshua Correia
This is in response to E. McNeil Stovell’s Letter to the Editor on November 20, 2017, headlined “Gay people deserve rights but marriage is for men and women”.
The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda (RAoB) is disappointed the Government of Bermuda has taken the approach it has to remove marriage equality from the law. We are in agreement with the Human Rights Commission (HRC) that the proposed legislation creates a ‘watered down’ version of rights, leading to a separate but equal status under the law. Ultimately, no separate but equal measure allows for equality or justice.
RAoB supports marriage equality. Members of Bermuda’s LGBTQ+ community are entitled to the same rights and protections given to all citizens in Bermuda, including having their loving, committed relationships recognized both locally and internationally. Bermuda should remain one of the jurisdictions around the world which has marriage equality. It is unfortunate the Government sees fit for Bermuda to become the first jurisdiction globally to have marriage equality rescinded. This is not the international reputation that our country should strive for.
The RAoB is committed to the creation and promotion of safer spaces in Bermuda. Proposing legislation that allows for further division between the LGBTQ+ community and the Bermuda community at large does nothing to help move Bermuda forward to become a more just and equal society.
In honour of the historic ruling for same sex marriage, Sybil Returns with another great show. Come and enjoy an exciting and unpredictable night of DRAMA with female impersonators.
Where: Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall
When: Friday, November 10th 9:00 pm
Tickets: $50 (General admission, no assigned seating)
You must be 18+ to attend.
Tickets are now on sale online at www.bdatix.bm or at Shannons Boutique.
Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche — who successfully filed a legal challenge which paved the way for same sex marriage in Bermuda — sat down with Bernews this weekend for a live interview on their Facebook page, where they discussed the historic court case, LGBTQ rights, their recent marriage, the possible legislation pertaining to same sex marriage and more.
LGBTQ Support Groups will officially begin on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6PM-7:30PM, aiming to offer support to the Bermuda LGBTQ community and their family and friends.
The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is overwhelmed with joy at the conclusion of today’s historic ruling. We applaud the landmark decision by Justice Charles Etta-Simmons. Today, history has been made and love has won.
Come and meet new author Tita Navarro and get a copy of her book Sapphic Pleasures, a collection of lesbian erotic short stories.
Save the date: December 12th 2017 at the Bermuda National Library from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
OUTBermuda invites you to join the first ever ‘In Good Company’ community engagement event. The purpose is simple and important, to invite you into meaningful conversation on issues affecting Bermuda’s LGBTQ community, to build community and to shape the future of OUTBermuda.
Date: Saturday, January 28
Time: 10 AM – 3PM
Location: Hamilton Princess
10:00am – 12:30pm, World Cafe
There’s no better way to hear from you about things that matter than over a cup of coffee (or tea!).
12:30pm – 1:00pm Lunch (It’s on us!)
1:00pm – 3:00pm, Open Space Brainstorming
Let’s get into specifics: tell us what you think about OUTBermuda’s priorities and planned initiatives.
Dress Code: Casual
Please RSVP by email to OUTBermuda@gmail.com by Friday, January 20th, 2017