Bermuda will host its first gay pride parade on August 31, nine months after re-legalizing same-sex marriage.
“There is an inherent value in a public celebration of our LGBTQ community in Bermuda as a reminder that we exist and that we are members of the Bermuda community,” a spokesperson for OutBermuda, one of the main sponsors of the march, told The Royal Gazette. “It is also a beacon of hope to LGBTQ youth and others who feel that they are alone. OutBermuda will continue to promote and support the wellbeing, health, dignity, security, safety and protection of the LGBTQ community in Bermuda, for as long as we are needed.”
Bermuda originally legalized gay marriage in May 2017, but it set off a period of legal battles and wavering protections. Legalization was repealed in February 2018, by a law signed into effect by the governor of the island. After a months-long process involving multiple debates in the Supreme Court, Bermuda again granted legal protection to same-sex couples in November 2018.
During the period when gay marriage was illegal in Bermuda, travelers called for a boycott of the island territory.
“Pride originated from Stonewall and the LGBTQ community fighting back and resisting police because they’d had enough,” gay Bermudian Winston Godwin-DeRoche told The Royal Gazette. “Pride has now become a celebration of that and remembering what it took to get where we are now. We are still fighting for equality in Bermuda.”
The parade will depart from Victoria Park in Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda.
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