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‘Gays need more than a change in the law’

(Bermuda Sun) WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7: Government’s plans to rewrite human rights law to protect gay people from discrimination does not go far enough, campaigners said on Tuesday.

And the Rainbow Alliance — a pressure group set up to campaign for gay rights — said that if Government is to rip up the current human rights law and draft a new Equality Act, it should also use the time to work to cut anti-gay sentiment in Bermuda.

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Rainbow Alliance Responds To Throne Speech

(Bernews) The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda — a newly formed collective of people interested in helping make Bermuda a safer space for LGBTQ people — said they welcome any change to Bermuda legislation which will extend basic human rights and protections to people in Bermuda.

The group was responding to comments made during last week’s Throne Speech, in which the Governor said: “Your Government has made a determination. Justice is about fairness and equality of access for all. Bermuda does not have that standard and it is to our collective discredit as a democratic country in the 21st Century.”

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Speak Out! Open Forum

Our first event, held August 17, 2012, was a total success! We had over 100 people turn up throughout the two-hour open forum, with dozens of people taking the microphone to speak or sing. We heard members of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community tell their stories and express themselves, as well as many supportive, straight allies who demonstrated the importance of changing the mindset of the community towards this marginalized group.

Check out the gallery!

 

Right and Left

When I was asked if I wanted to contribute any words to this event, I struggled with the idea of what I wanted to say. Somehow, I wanted to offer more than just the idea that ‘gay people are people too’. The notion, in and of itself, seems so blindingly obvious that to restate it in a public forum seemed almost trite and platitudinous. Of course gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and all of us who falls anywhere on the sexual spectrum are people. We are conferred as people the minute we arrive bright-eyed and bushy-tailed into the world. We bring with us all the rights that we, as human beings, have earned by our very existence.

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Videos: Rainbow Alliance Hosts Open Forum

[Updated with videos] The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will be hosting an open forum for discussion and support at Queen Elizabeth Park today [Aug 17] from 12pm to 2pm.

A spokesperson explained that the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is a collective of people supportive of the rights and struggles of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] and queer community of Bermuda.

The open forum will give people an opportunity to express themselves and their stories through whichever form they choose, including spoken word and music, the organisation said.

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Rainbow Alliance Of Bermuda To Host Open Forum

On Friday, August 17th from 12 – 2pm the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will be hosting an open forum for discussion and support at Queen Elizabeth Park.

A spokesperson said: “The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is a collective of people supportive of the rights and struggles of the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] and queer community of Bermuda, with the common goal of providing spaces for positive, grassroots dialogue.

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