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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.

 

Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda

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Two Words & A Comma
Kinsfolk Bermuda

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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Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda’s Response to ISSUES Program

The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda would like to acknowledge the respectful manner in which Dr Gibbons and the Seventh Day Adventist Church spoke on the topic of homosexuality during the ISSUES program. They offered open arms to all individuals, which is in-line with the Rainbow Alliance’s focus on providing safe spaces for the LGBTQ community.

We agree with Marc Bean’s assessment that same sex marriage is inevitable in Bermuda, but reject all heterosexist assertions that such an event will cause moral disruption. The PLP has not yet arrived at a party position. The official position of the current government was clarified a few weeks ago by Premier Craig Cannonier, who has stated that marriage equality will not be pursued while he is in power. Premier Cannonier’s leadership is not permanent, and Bermuda will continue to take steps towards equity for all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation.

Bermuda has a long way to go in addressing the heterosexist and sometimes homophobic attitudes displayed in reaction to the recent Human Rights Act amendment, which will remain a cause that the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will campaign for through education and outreach. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will continue its focus to provide safe spaces for the LGBTQ community members and allies.

See also: Bernews Article, Royal Gazette Article

Human Rights Act Amendment Passed by Parliament: Our Statement to the Press

Bermuda, 18 June 2013 - The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda, would like to applaud the government’s decision on Friday, June 14th, to pass the amendment to the Human Rights Act to prevent discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. We are proud of all the brave voices who spoke in favour of the amendment and of protecting the fundamental human rights of the LGB community.

This legislation would not be possible without years of campaigning by countless activists and groups, particularly Dr. John Stubbs, Two Words and a Comma, Centre for Justice, the Allen Vincent Smith Foundation, the Human Rights Commission, and Amnesty International Bermuda. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda sincerely thanks all of these allies.

Based on the emotional, confused, and sometimes offensive tenor of the debates that took place surrounding the amendment, it is evident that there is still work for us to do in the Bermudian community to combat homophobia, improve understanding, and address misconceptions. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will continue this important work, while continuing to provide safe spaces for the LGBTQ community members and allies. The LGBTQ community will not be shamed, silenced, or condemned and we hope to work together to create equity for all of Bermuda’s citizens.