Sybil To Take Part In Canada Pride Parade
Bermuda’s preeminent female impersonator Mark “Sybil Barrington” Anderson will be taking part in the World Pride Parade in Toronto this coming weekend, and will also be performing in part of a Cabaret doing his signature number as Patti La Belle.
Expected to attract a substantial number of people, the World Pride event is taking place from June 20-29, and culminates in the Annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29th.
Sybil — who has been named one of the top 100 gay entertainers — said his three wishes for Bermuda are that we provide a LGBTQ Community Clinic Centre with counselors to deal with sexual identity issues, legislate against hate crime and have a shelter for young people who have been forced out of their homes by there families because they are gay.
In addition to Sybil, the island is set to have a contingent present at the Pride event, with the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda, in collaboration with the Centre for Justice, the Human Rights Commission, Kinsfolk Bermuda, and Two Words and a Comma, previously announcing Bermuda’s participation in the event.
In a previous statement, the Rainbow Alliance said, “The Bermuda LGBTQ community has much to celebrate, including the long-awaited passing of the Human Rights Act amendment in June 2013. Unfortunately, however, this amendment falls short when it comes to protection with regard to discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression.
“The Human Rights Act also fails to provide legislation necessary for protection against hate crimes. It is obvious that, while Bermuda has taken a large step forward in protecting its citizens, there are still heterosexist, homophobic, and transphobic attitudes towards our LGBTQ communities. Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is committed to seeking safer spaces for the LGBTQ communities in Bermuda and advocating for further legislative protection.”
Any supporters of Bermuda’s LGBTQ communities who would like to join the contingent in Toronto on June 29th are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.