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Showing off a world of Pride

An estimated 12,000 people walked, danced and rode along the downtown parade route capping off 10 days of World Pride celebrations.

The “Queen of Bermuda” came ready to talk politics as well the importance of celebrating World Pride and, unsurprisingly, showed up dressed to kill.

“I’m from a country that at one time it was legal to discriminate based on sexual orientation,” said Sybil Barrington, one of an estimated 12,000 people who walked, danced and rode along the parade route that capped off 10 days of Pride celebrations.

Barrington, clad in tight iridescent pants, a sash and tiara, explained that a little over a year ago the government in Bermuda amended the human rights act to legally protect people against discrimination because of their sexual orientation when they are seeking employment or housing.

“So we are here celebrating that,” said Barrington, who was born in Bermuda and, after establishing a career as a drag queen in New York City, returned there to live.

Bermuda has become a more tolerant place, but as a country they still have a long way to go, said Barrington who walked with the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda.

Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals marks the 50th anniversary of their annual trip to Bermuda

It’s springtime in Bermuda, which means that hundreds of college students are visiting our shores for some fun in the sun, and a much-needed break from exams and lectures (not to mention the cold weather!).

Among these spring breakers are a large number of students from Harvard University – mainly, members of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of their annual trip to Bermuda, and they bring with them a huge infusion of culture, music, and fit young visitors! ;)

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Upcoming Rainbow-Friendly Events!

The festive season is upon us! Here’s what’s coming up on the events scene:

Oct. 31: Halloween Party at Casey’s Bar and Lounge
Nov. 1: Nightmare on Queen Street at Lemon Tree Cafe/Par-la-ville Park
Nov. 2: Bermuda Rainbow Pride Celebration Party at Victoria Grill/Rumbar
Nov. 3: Art Walk in the East in the Old Towne of St. George’s
Nov. 10: A Remembrance Day Winter White Party at Margarita Bar & Grill

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Lecturer to speak on gay rights in the UK

Visiting human rights lawyer Nicola Barker will speak tonight [Aug 15] at the Bermuda College, in a public talk on the implications of gay rights in the UK.

The Kent Law School lecturer’s talk coincides with the graduation of the college’s last law students to pass through the partnership arrangement between Kent and the Bermuda College.

Dr Barker is due to speak from 6pm to 8pm at the college’s North Hall theatre on how gay civil union laws in the UK could affect religious practices there.

Source: The Royal Gazette

Eric Bean Jr. and Jaricco.Dance present “Through the Looking Glass”

Through the Looking Glass – an evening of dance presented by Jaricco.Dance – will open at Bermuda’s Earl Cameron Theater (City Hall) August 16th-18th, 2013. Premiering two new works choreographed by Artistic Director Eric Bean Jr., this years work will take a look at ‘one versus many’; exploring the power found in community AND the power of being an individual who fights for what they believe in.

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Rainbow Alliance to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia

Bermuda, 16 May 2013 ‐ This Friday, Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will be joining with individuals and organizations from across the globe to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia.

We will be holding a peaceful lunchtime gathering on the lawn of Sessions House (House of Assembly) starting at 12:15 PM on Friday, 17 May 2013. Come out wearing purple in support and help us to put an end to homophobia.

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The theme of the International Day Against Homophobia 2013 campaign is Fight the Homophobia Web Virus.
Homophobia is becoming increasingly present on the Web and in social media. The anonymity of the Internet facilitates the spread of abusive comments and cyberhomophobia that could have serious consequences.

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