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Governor George Fergusson made that announcement in this morning Speech from the Throne calling the current Act “outdated” for a 21st century democracy.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

Continue Reading: Bermuda Sun

Pastor says religion should not be used to deny human rights

Pastor Sylvia Hayward-Harris yesterday criticised those who use religious arguments to deny human rights.

Speaking at a public forum on the issue of Human Rights and Sexual Orientation, she said: “There’s something seriously wrong when we discriminate against someone who is another human being.

“I’m here as a believer in Jesus and what he had to say about love and justice. He spoke a lot about what is right for us and he didn’t say anything about homosexuality.

“The people who are the most vocal are people who have been discriminated against, and that really disturbs me.”

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Rally For Equal Rights & Against Homophobia

This coming Wednesday [May 25] a rally will be held from 1-2pm at City Hall, with an aim at encouraging officials to include sexual orientation in the Human Rights Act.

The event launched as a Facebook event ‘Home is Where the Hatred Is‘, with Krystl Assan speaking of discrimination she says she encountered at a local guest house, which the owner denied.

Continue Reading: Bernews