[Opinion column written by U.S. Consul General to Bermuda Robert Settje] The Government of the United States supports and promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] rights.
Religious and LGBT identities have a lot in common, says leading academic figure
By Danny McDonald, for the Bermuda Sun
By Leanne McGrath, for The Royal Gazette
A group of islanders will fly the flag for Bermuda at the WorldPride festival in Toronto this month.
Organisers estimate that 1.5 million visitors from across the globe will attend the ten-day event, which culminates in a giant parade on June 29.
Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda, in collaboration with the Centre for Justice, the Human Rights Commission, Kinsfolk Bermuda, and Two Words and a Comma, are excited to announce Bermuda’s participation in WorldPride 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from June 20-29, culminating in the Annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29th, 2014.
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!
By Nadia Arandjelovic
Event organiser Valentino Tear said he’s known for putting on a good party.
Last year he held a series of gay-friendly events on the island and said the feedback was extremely good.
Tomorrow night [January 25] Mr Tear will be hosting his first event of 2014 — a Bermuda Pride party at Docksiders from 9pm until 3am.
By Owain Johnston-Barnes, for The Royal Gazette
A same-sex couple was turned away from several rental apartments and treated with hostility by Bermuda Immigration, it has been alleged.
By Cooper Stevenson, for The Royal Gazette
Government hopes to build “a more inclusive Bermuda” through drafting a National Gender Policy aimed at “removing impediments and barriers wherever they exist”.
The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is a collective organization which supports fights for equity across a variety of issues, and we are therefore supportive of efforts to address problems of gender inequities. The statement regarding a National Gender Policy remains too vague for us to substantially comment on the policy itself, but we hope that in making the policy the government ensures that the public are broadly consulted on the issue. In a world where people are still systematically discriminated against and oppressed because of their marginalized gender identities, efforts to address gender equity are necessary, and must include women, men, and those that fall between and outside traditional categories.
A truly progressive policy will recognize that such a policy necessarily requires the recognition of the broader context in which gender oppression occurs, including the intersections of class, race, sexuality, ability, gender identity/expression, and age. A holistic approach, accounting for all of these factors, is absolutely necessary if the government is to make any real change for Bermudians affected by oppression based on their gender.
Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda
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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