NOH8 Campaign: Bermuda Really Is Another World, by Carla
I was born in Bermuda, a place that because of its beauty some consider paradise. However, as of 2012, Bermuda still has no law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. I am now fortunate to be able to live in Canada, a country where the legal debate over discrimination against LGBT people and equal marriage was decided years ago.
To me, NOH8 is about more than equality, it’s about humanity.
Before I was born, my ancestors fought for basic civil rights, now I do not have to. Women fought for the right to vote, now I do not have to. People with disabilities fought for accessibility rights, today I wear my hearing aids with pride. Now it’s my turn to fight, speak up and participate in campaigns that promote equality so that our future will be about making progress together instead of continuing this fight against the legal declaration that some people are more worthy of rights than others. When can we stop fighting?
UPDATE from Carla: On June 19, 2013 the Bermuda Senate approved the proposed amendment to the Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. While Bermuda still has a long way to go in terms of education around LGBTQ issues, I am hopeful that this is a step in the right direction.
Source: NOH8 Campaign