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Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda’s Response to CoH Deputy Mayor Donal Smith’s Comments

The comments Deputy Mayor of Hamilton, Donal Smith, made on the ISSUES program regarding homosexuality were riddled with offensive and derogatory language towards members of the LGBTQ community and their allies.  Moreover, these comments showed a marked ignorance of LGBTQ issues and an overarching tone of homophobia. Comments labeling a group of humans as “freaks” display a strong antipathy towards those he summarily dismisses as unworthy of the protection of the law and are founded on ignorance: this is homophobia.

The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda remain proponents of an individual’s rights to free speech.  You can have strongly-held religious or moral viewpoints without resorting to offensive and hurtful attacks on an entire community.  This is an inappropriate way for an elected official to speak about anyone, and we await Mr. Smith’s apology.

New bill is ‘a step in the right direction’

By Owain Johnston-Barnes
Government has formally tabled legislation to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The Human Rights Act currently prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, religion and criminal record, but the Human Rights Amendment Bill 2013 adds sexual orientation to that list.

…Outside the House of Assembly, dozens of supporters gathered yesterday for a “picnic lunch” organised by the Sexual Orientation Working Group.

The event was held to not only celebrate the tabling of the bill, but to mark the UN International Day Against Homophobia, which was yesterday.

Several members of the crowd wore purple, the colour adopted for the Day Against Homophobia, while others wore purple ribbons and held purple balloons.

A number of attendees also brought placards adorned with phrases including “Feel the Love Bermuda”, “Welcome to the 21st Century Bermuda” and “All Humans have Rights”.

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BNG & CURB COLLABORATION: Two Words & a Comma

Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda in collaboration with Bermuda National Gallery present a series of weekly, social justice lunchtime lectures during the BNG’s Art & Social Change Exhibition entitled “Eyes on the World”.  We look forward to welcoming you to these enriching learning opportunities.

Please join us for the next in the series of Bermuda National Gallery‘s free lecture series this Wednesday at 12:30:

TIME TO INCLUDE: PERSONAL STORIES, PUBLIC ADVOCACY

Ordinary people have long driven the advancement of human rights around the globe, and Bermuda is no exception. Come and hear about the importance of Bermudian stories and individual experiences in the Two Words and a Comma campaign to include protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in Bermuda’s Human Rights Act.

CURB & BNG 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Location: Bermuda National Gallery (BNG), City Hall, 2nd Floor, Church St, Hamilton, Bermuda
Date: Wednesday, 10th April
Presenter: Suzanne Mayall, Two Words & A Comma

Second party to promote equal rights for gays

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6: A second event to promote equal rights for gay people is to be held in a city nightspot tomorrow (Thursday).

The Big Gay Thursday event — with a dress code of business attire — is aimed at fostering links between Bermuda businesses and the gay community.

But organiser Valentino Tear, a Bermudian based in England, where he is a successful DJ, said: “I want to encourage everyone to come to these parties.

“They are not exclusively gay — but they are gay-friendly. A lot of people say they don’t want to go because people will think they’re gay. But this is not a gay or a straight thing — it’s a Bermuda thing.

“It’s an opportunity to show we can all party together as one, supporting and respecting each other as Bermuda residents and human beings. It’s an open event and everyone is welcome.”

The event will be held at Taste One Four One in the new Sir John W Swan Building on Front Street.

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It’s party time for GLBT community

The Island’s gay community is encouraged to step out of the “corners and closets” and band together for Bermuda’s first advertised gay party on Monday night.

Organised by gay rights activist Valentino Tear, it’s hoped Pink Disco Monday will provide a fun and safe environment for the local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Musician Shine Hayward will perform at the event at Red Steakhouse & Bar; Mr. Tear will DJ.

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Rainbow Alliance Holiday Get-Together!

A night of music, food and friends – and you’re invited!

Come out to Chewstick on the 22nd of December!  Bring your iPod and playlists and any snacks you want to bring along, and we’ll have ourselves a good ol’ fashioned shindig!  And, of course, the bar will be open!

$5 cover charge at the door to help support Chewstick who has been a great help to us all year!

  • Where: Chewstick, corner of Court & Elliott St.
  • When: Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • What time: 9:00pm until 1:00am
  • How much: $5 donation to Chewstick
  • What to bring: your dancing shoes, snacks, music

Gays to be covered in new human rights bill

FRIDAY, NOV. 2: Government will address sexual discrimination with a new bill that will offer protection for a range of characteristics including sexual orientation and age.

Governor George Fergusson made that announcement in this morning Speech from the Throne calling the current Act “outdated” for a 21st century democracy.

In the 2012 Throne Speech Government said it would look at “the feasibility of introducing an Equality Act to address the outstanding areas of discrimination, in particular, discrimination related to sexual orientation.”

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