Governor John Rankin On Pride Parade

August 28, 2019 | 53 Comments

Speaking in advance of the upcoming Pride Parade, Governor John Rankin said he hopes it “will be an enjoyable event for all involved and, like many other events on the island, demonstrate both the inclusivity and diversity of the community in Bermuda.”

Governor Rankin said, “Bermuda’s first ever Pride event is in line with the rights of freedom of assembly, freedom of conscience and freedom of expression guaranteed under the Bermuda Constitution and international human rights Conventions. I hope that this will be an enjoyable event for all involved and, like many other events on the island, demonstrate both the inclusivity and diversity of the community in Bermuda.”

The inaugural Pride Parade will take place this Saturday, and in describing the day’s plans, the official website states, “A community celebration will be held in Victoria Park on Saturday the 31st of August 2019 from 9:00am to 7:00pm. The park will open at 9:00am and the day will start with a 09:30 yoga session.

“At 10:15 Joy Barnum will provide a live vocal performance, followed by an opening speech and moment of silence for members of the community we have lost along the way.

“At 10:30, everyone will be asked to assemble for the parade through the City for an 11:00 start until 12:30. The celebrations will continue at Victoria Park from 12:30pm until 19:00.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    Be careful Governor, ex pats who disagree with the Government are not welcome.

  2. Maddag says:

    But people got pepper sprayed for a peaceful march against the airport.

    • question says:

      No, they engaged in an unlawful attempt to block Parliament, using force.

    • Double S says:

      Peaceful? Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    • Peaceful and illegal says:

      Peaceful? Really?
      They illegally blocked our House of Parliament. The most outrageous example of how not to protest I have ever seen.
      These MP’s were voted in to do the people’s business. These individuals in any other free country would have been arrested and carted away to jail.

    • Huh? says:

      I guess nobody saw that video of that one dude swinging around a cane/umbrella.

    • Cubana says:

      that was so far from peaceful and more like political inspired demonstration Get Real

    • 2woke says:

      No they didn’t…people got pepper sprayed because they’re criminals.

  3. Maddog says:

    But people got pepper sprayed at a peaceful march against the the airport plan

  4. Hannah says:

    Anyone who has read the Bible knows the story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood. After 40 days and nights of continuous rain, the world was flooded. Noah, his family and an ark filled with pairs of animals survived. When the land dried, the Ark came to rest. Noah and his family emerged from the Ark and were met with a rainbow. It’s written that God made Noah a promise that he would never again flood the Earth. He created the rainbow as a symbol of his promise to humankind.

    • Mike Hind says:

      Uh huh. And that’s part of your personal choice of religions.

      It has nothing to do with anyone else that hasn’t made the choice to be part of your religion.

      The LGBT+ community using the rainbow as a symbol doesn’t mean that you can’t believe that it’s a sign from your God.

      No one is stopping you from believing whatever you want.

      • Jevon says:

        And were did ya rainbow come from? rainbow brite

        • Mike Hind says:

          It… came from light being refracted through water droplets.

          Do you seriously not know that?

    • Noncents says:

      Hannah what does fiction have to do with this?

      • Hannah says:

        So, you think the Bible is Fiction, interesting.

        • question says:

          Yes, it is. It’s a fictional book with supernatural stories.

        • Seriously?! says:

          of course it is! A book full of fables.

        • Not to be Rude says:

          For some of us yes, cause the story of Noah like the story of Adam and Eve lack the science to be anything other than fiction.

        • Mike Hind says:

          and yet, we stand for your right to believe it.

          Just not for you demanding that everyone believe it.

    • Rada Gast says:

      I like myths and legends too. I prefer the myths of the Norse gods, rather than the myth you are quoting.

      Neither has any relevance to the topic of Saturday’s parade.

      Moving on…..

    • Seriously?! says:

      Not everyone believes in your God.

    • Vortex says:

      Yeah, good one Hannah.
      My own favorite fairy story is a fat man who comes down the chimney on 25 December.
      Its more believable than yours.

  5. Thank you Governor says:

    The world will be watching this closely.

    Let’s all celebrate inclusiveness with a dignified public event that celebrate the many facets of Bermuda’s community.

    Bermuda is a great place with great people. Let’s show the world we are.

    • question says:

      My favorite myth is the one about how the rat population has suddenly decreased.

  6. Would be nice to see de Governor and Police Commissioner have this type of support for Civil Rights issues!!!!!!!!
    Birds of a feather…………..

    • question says:

      These are civil rights issues.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      What civil rights OJ? The right to marry the person of your choice?

    • Double S says:

      Whose civil rights are being denied (other than gay marriage of course) and why is the PLP Government allowing it to happen?

    • Andrew says:

      You are a dreamer. See mouth, insert foot. Ya Onion Juice getting smelly. lol

      This is a civil rights issue bird brain.

    • Cubana says:

      Onion ass you really show your high class intellect with a stupid statement like that. it IS a CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE and its not about party or color WOW

    • steve says:

      mindless comment of the week

  7. Hannah says:

    So, you think the Bible is Fiction, interesting.

    • Anbu says:

      Ok ill bite. Some of us believe its fiction. And?

    • Mike Hind says:

      They are allowed to, aren’t they?

    • Mitchell88 says:

      I think it is a book written by men (not women) to record the history of particular tribes, promote certain religions over others, create a set of rules for the times in which they lived, and that another group of men in Rome, centuries later, decided which books should be included and, importantly, excluded and thereby created the Bible we have today. In no way do I believe some divine hand was involved in its creation. Nor do I believe those who assembled the parts were divinely inspired. Nor do I believe the world in which we live is created by a divine figure (Christian, or other). I do believe that the rainbow is a result of light being fractured; that this beautiful natural occurrence happened before parts of the Middle East were hit by some serious floods, and that it is not the copyrighted symbol of an imaginary divine figure and his/her followers.

    • frank says:

      The was written over 2000years ago but if you take time to read it every thing that is happening today is in there
      Tears ago on zfb radio there was a programme that came on between 1 and 2 pm called the world tomorrow by a guy named carner Ted Armstrong it was a great programme

  8. Most displeased with WHO is in support of a SIN.
    Most controversial.
    O.B.A. holds 100% responsibility for this happening.
    It was shoved down Bermudians’ throats!!!!
    This is a clear reminder of who NOT to vote for in 2 years’ time.
    Rather an undemocratic approach to what certain people want.

    • Cubana says:

      are you for real?? what planet or solar system are you from, last i checked we all have an opinion how did the Obama shove it perhaps i can guess where for you. up your —

    • Mike Hind says:

      You prove yet again that you have no idea what you are talking about.

    • PBanks says:

      The parade isn’t shoved down anybody’s throats. There are other events to attend this weekend, like Eastern Counties or the sandcastle competition or one could stay at home. You can avert your eyes when you glimpse a rainbow flag. Being gay isn’t some communicable disease and the OBA has already been neutered, there’s no fear of them upsetting the PLP at the next election, to cover the usual political angle.

    • Hey says:

      Trying to make this political for your own personal gain is where the shame is.

      Ps you sinned 3 times with 3 of the 10 commandments. If you talk religion, walk religion.

      1, 8 and 10

    • Gina Ingham says:

      A hahahaha…….. give me break. That sounds so stupid…..

    • steve says:

      your feeding the plp supporters a buffet of ignorance.Many lap it up and some are getting sick of it

    • Laura Bardgett says:

      Nah….OBA have been as spineless as the PLP. It hasn’t been shoved down anyone throats it has been fought for and won.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      I’m not sure how the Pride Parade is the OBA’s fault.

      My hope is that both political parties keep their distance and let this be about people accepting people for who they are, not for what a politician thinks he or she can profit from.

    • Real Deal says:

      your are correct not many people will see it. just like they don’t understand who was behind the paper spray.

  9. Tom says:

    The bible is 100% fiction.
    Its amazing you see otherwise frankly.

  10. Cow Polly says:

    Nah….OBA have been as spineless as the PLP. It hasn’t been shoved down anyone throats it has been fought for and won.

  11. Bermudian says:

    “If you can’t love yourself, how are you going to love somebody else” Ru Paul

    PRIDE- LOVE YOURSELF, LOVE that you’re FREE, LOVE that you’re ALIVE, LOVE that you’re free to LOVE who you choose and LOVE that you can agree or disagree. I’m proud that I’m a woman, and straight. I’m also proud of the LGBTQ community, which is why I choose to celebrate and support on August 31st. If you ‘don’t like it’ that’s fine too, stay home or do whatever. DO YOU and let others do the same.

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