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Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda’s Response to Throne Speech; National Gender Policy

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.

 

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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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UK lawyer: Same-sex marriage likely to come to Bermuda one day

By Jonathan Bell

Same-sex marriage will likely make its way to Bermuda, but probably not any time soon, according to a UK law professor.

Human rights lawyer Nicola Barker, due to address Bermuda College graduates on the topic, told The Royal Gazette that gay marriage was becoming a world trend.

“That will probably be the case in Bermuda. I don’t know enough about Bermuda’s political situation to predict if it’s imminent. I would suspect it would take a lot of work by gay rights campaigners.”

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