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Statement on Bermuda Government & Opposition pursuing LGBTQ+ tourism after passing DPA

The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda [RAoB] is shocked at the contradictory comments made in the House of Assembly yesterday regarding attracting more LGBTQ tourism. If the Government seeks to make Bermuda more hospitable for the LGBTQ community, it should start with its own citizens.

With the recent passage of the Domestic Partnership Act [DPA], the Government of Bermuda has made it patently clear that it has little interest in the well-being of LGBTQ individuals. Shrouding this legislation under the label of a “compromise”, it is evident that the Government of Bermuda caved to pressure by a local charity with political aims. Indeed, a right-wing anti-LGBTQ group based in the US, National Organization for Marriage [NOM], has publicly taken credit for their collusion with Bermudian anti-LGBTQ groups to achieve the DPA. NOM has also in the past sought to, “Drive a wedge between gays and blacks,” as quoted by the Southern Poverty Law Centre, and it is evident that this strategy was employed in Bermuda, forgetting that there are many Bermudians that are both Black and gay. RAOB advocates for an intersectional approach to equity and equality in Bermuda, and both the Government and opposition have failed in this regard.

The fact that the Bermuda Government has enshrined discrimination against same-gender loving couples into law cannot be softened or spun by a weak attempt of both the ruling administration and the opposition to discuss attracting “pink dollars” to Bermuda. By removing the primacy of the Human Rights Act in relation to the DPA, the Government of Bermuda has shown its blatant disregard for the legal protections countless individuals and local organizations have spent years advocating for.

This exchange in the House of Assembly was disingenuous at best and hypocritical posturing at worst, as an attempt to undo the damage created by the swift, damning, and harsh criticism of Bermuda from the international community. While the RAoB does not support the “Boycott Bermuda” movement, we understand why LGBTQ people would choose not to spend their money in visiting a place where they are seen as separate but equal in the eyes of the law.

The DPA has created a stigma that Bermuda will likely never be able to completely rid itself of, no matter the amount of marketing dollars put into a spin campaign. In an industry in which word of mouth both makes and breaks success, the Bermuda Government has failed not only Bermuda’s LGTBQ community first and foremost, but the Bermuda hospitality industry as a whole.

Marriage equality has no effect on opposite-gender loving couples. Perhaps the Home Affairs Minister should follow the logic supplied by the Minister for Works with regard to ATVs: If it doesn’t affect you directly, you don’t get a say.

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Rainbow Alliance Response to Domestic Partnership Act

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.

Sybil’s Dynamic Female Impersonators | November 10 at City Hall

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 or at Shannons Boutique.

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