[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.
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 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
Source: The Royal Gazette
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.
The Bermuda Sun posed the following questions to the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda, which were reported here. Below is the entirety of our response to the questions regarding the UFC Ad.