[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.
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 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