Photos: Rainbow Crosswalks Painted In Hamilton

August 25, 2019 | 212 Comments

[Updated with video + more information] As the island’s prepares for the inaugural Pride Parade, rainbow themed decorations continue to appear, with brightly coloured rainbow stripes being painted on two crosswalks in Hamilton today [Aug 25].

According to various posts on social media, supporters of the event approached the Corporation of Hamilton and raised funds to cover the cost of painting the two crosswalks, and the crosswalks will apparently be painted back to their normal colour next month.

Update 6.45pm: One of the people involved in this initiative explained, “We – a private group supported by Bermuda Pride and OutBermuda – are excited to share the news that the crosswalks have been painted in Pride colours for the week before and after the Pride celebration! Our thanks to: The Corporation of Hamilton for all their assistance, OutBermuda for fundraising, and Bermuda Pride for organising Bermuda’s first Pride!

“The crosswalks were selected based on the Parade route and both had 7 white stripes that could be painted. We chose to celebrate Bermuda by adding a pink stripe, which was a part of the original 8 colour Pride flag: Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Turquoise, Indigo, Violet.

“We encourage the general public and visitors to come out and support Bermuda’s first pride on this, the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of Homosexuality in Bermuda, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots in New York City.”

Update Aug 26, 5.06pm: A City spokesperson said, “The two pedestrian crossings on Washington Street and Queen Street that have been painted in celebration of the upcoming Pride events were painted by the City with funding from private donors.

“In the past the City has approved [and will continue to approve] similar requests from charities to paint crosswalks to coincide with and promote observances such as Breast Cancer Health Month, for example. The crosswalks will revert back to black and white on September 8th in accordance with industry safety standards.”

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  1. Mike Hind says:

    Love this!!

    • Bring the check says:

      If someone gets hit on the crossing the city of Hamilton will have a serious lawsuit. Who cares it’s their money.

      • Boston Whaler Owner says:

        hopefully smeone will spill a gallon of black paint as they pass by and put an end to this dangerous road painting.

        • Kevin says:

          Boston Whaler owner ….you should spend more time on the water and given the angle you are taking port and starboard may not be that obvious.
          We are so thankful for all of the small touches that are being demonstrated in support of the Pride community first ever parade
          it will be a pleasure to take part

        • glen says:

          black paint would look good

      • Terenay says:

        So true, it going to far when it comes to safety

        • PHSee says:

          Lol…you guys are pathetic with your “safety concerns”. There are crosswalks on this island that are barely visable because the paint is so worn and faded. Then there are the stupid crosswalks that have been raised and conceal speedbumps
          they have been the cause of several accidents in flats and northland’s The one outside Harrington Sound school almost caused sever injury to several firefighters in an engine attending a fire. So if you wanna talk about safety…get those addresed first. Your are grasping at straws with your pathetic complains about safety. Even a blind person can see that these colorful and bright crosswalks are much more visable than and traditional zebra crossing.

        • Paul says:

          What makes this unsafe? Surely these colours draw even more attention than the old faded white ones.

          Maybe someone could start a campaign to get these to stay for more than the planned 2 weeks

        • PBanks says:

          Like road safety is on the mind of people who don’t like Pride parades or marriage equality or discrimination against gay people…

        • 2woke says:

          LOL, an island with few sidewalks, drunk driving is a national sport….but you’re worried about a brightly coloured, visible crosswalk.
          You’re pathetic.

      • Mike Hind says:

        What on earth are you talking about?

        Why would someone get hit? Why would someone sue the city?

        Are you guys REALLY this upset about this that you gonna just make stuff up like this?

    • Dumb says:

      You would!

    • Sarah says:

      I love the fact that all the oba leaders Jet gate Craig Cannonier Michael Dunkley and sleeping Jean Atherden all refused to support this whatever you call it SSM life style.

      • PHSee says:

        Funny you mention Jetgate, but dont talk about Dr Brown getting on a private jet owned by Globalhue before signing the Tourism contract.

        And you mention Jean sleeping but no mention of Christopher and three other PlP ministers that also fell asleep?

        Can’t see the forest thru the trees can you.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        Sarah, being gay or bi-sexual or transgender is no more a “life style” than being female is a “life style”.

    • Lol says:

      Can they paint one to look like WEED or am I asking for to much.

      • TI says:

        Maybe we should start and see what happens

      • PBanks says:

        if theres such an organisation they should give it a go. Heck they may get support from LGBT groups too!

      • @LoL says:

        LoL you feel me! Let’s have a marijuana hash shatter community march to show our support of legalizing marijuana! Let’s see what store put the leaf on their door!

        • Jevon Ray says:

          Feel dat

        • Mike Hind says:

          GO for it! I’ll support that!
          Let’s do this!
          Let’s organize and pressure the government to overturn this unjust law that has ruined so many lives, especially the lives of young, black men.

          Let’s DO something! Let’s take the example of these brave folks in the LGBT+ community that got out there and did the work and got the law changed.

          I support you and WILL support you just as hard as I do the LGBT+ community.

    • I find this ironic, Historically the rainbow represents a sign from God
      The RAINBOW has been highjacked and sacrileged.
      You can fool some people sometimes, but you camt fool all the people all the time.

      • question says:

        A rainbow is a phenomenon caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.
        It is not a ‘sign from God’.

        • PBanks says:

          Good ol’ science. Alas, it continues to be under attack from flat-earthers and the like.

        • @! says:

          and where do you think water comes from? and what causes the rainbow colours that dont include brown?

  2. Onion Peels says:

    Awesome!! Well done.

  3. JohnnyB says:

    Looks good!

  4. Ladeej says:

    So will the crosswalks be repainted to black and white the day after the parade? If not, then when?

    • george says:

      Like the LGBTQ community, its a permanent thing I am afraid Ladeej. You’ll just have to get used to it.

      • Ladeej says:

        On September 8 the crosswalks will be painted back to black and white.

    • Incognito says:

      Were you this concerned when a company painted a side walk pink for breast awareness month?

      • PHSee says:

        I trust it wouldn’t be a problem if the government painted them all green and white?

      • @LoL says:

        That’s different l!

      • Ladeej says:

        Actually, I didn’t know anything about that. But did they leave it pink? I was simply asking when the crosswalks would be painted back. Simple question which has now been answered. Thank you.

    • Onion Peels says:

      We should paint all the crosswalks. Get a little colour in your life.

    • Mike Hind says:

      Why? It looks awesome and support isn’t just for the day.

      • Yooo says:

        Just hurry up and finish up your parade. You’re already getting too much attention and time on this! Paint the crosswalks back asap its dangerous and distracting and no one cares. This doesn’t help your cause….

        • Mike Hind says:

          “You’re already getting too much attention and time on this…”

          Well, get the Government to stop spending so much time and attention on hurting these folks and they’ll just go on and be regular folks, finally, equal in the law.

          And there’s nothing backing up your claim that it’s dangerous. At all.

          And plenty of people care about this. Hence the parade and the painting of the crosswalks and the rainbow decorations all over the place.

          Just because YOU don’t like it doesn’t mean no one cares.

          If you don’t like it, don’t go.

          • Fact says:

            We don’t like it that’s why the oba that you voted for said no to SSM. Now shut up and have the silly parade.

            • Mike Hind says:

              This is just crazy talk.

              I guess that’s all you have when your bigoted view has nothing to support it.

              • Voter says:

                Mike, the OBA didn’t support SSM when they was government and could’ve changed the law. Further more the PLP told the voters the same thing before the election of 2017. Neither party supports it

                • Mike Hind says:

                  And?

                  I have never expressed support for either party.

                  And there is a HUGE difference between being to cowardly to address the issue and having a non-binding, waste of time referendum and actively promising to remove people’s access to rights for absolutely no reason.

            • question says:

              The “Fact” is that it was the OBA who held the SSM referendum.
              The other “Fact” is that it is the PLP (and ONLY the PLP) who has spent taxpayer funds attempting to restrict SSM.

              • Hush says:

                The fact is not one of your oba leaders supported it, it’s also fact that the plp told the voters what their plan was before the election which resulted in a 25 vs 11 victory. Now chew on that rainbow.

                • question says:

                  The fact is that it is the PLP who repeatedly attempts to restrict human rights. Not just on this issue either.
                  I can’t help it that facts have an anti-PLP bias.

                • Toodle-oo says:

                  So are you saying that the PLP win was because of a lot of hateful people wanting to discriminate against others ?
                  Nice …..

              • Jevon says:

                Following the people’s wishes, as that is who elected them into power….No to SSM

                • Mike Hind says:

                  Too late. It’s here and your life hasn’t changed a bit because of it.

        • legalgal says:

          Yup, isn’t it a wonderful world when positive change grabs the headlines rather than the stabby, drink driving, inflation ailing, gang related news?! We are proud no matter what!

        • Real Deal says:

          it does. the target is our kids.

          • bluenose says:

            The only way this is targetting your kids, is that it is helping them understand inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance.

          • 2woke says:

            What’s wrong with your kids?
            Are you a bad parent or something?
            Who are you blaming for your childrens failures?

          • Mike Hind says:

            This argument has been debunked many times.
            If your position is so strong, why do you have to resort to lies in order to support it?

        • PBanks says:

          LOL at ‘no one cares’ when every post is complaining about the crosswalk.

          As for cause, both ‘sides’ are already firmly entrenched in their beliefs. The parade isn’t to ‘convert’ anybody (although that park prayer event looks like it is).

    • Question says:

      They’ll be put back to normal about as quick as the illegal marks on the ground at the Bermuda Day parade.

    • Dtg says:

      Read the story. It said it will be repainted the following week

    • TI says:

      I would like for them to be painted back to Black n white after that parade, this is too far…like really.

  5. Wonderful Support says:

    Wonderful support.
    The stars are aligning. It’s the right thing to do.

  6. Me says:

    Brilliant LOVE it

  7. Boston Whaler Owner says:

    I dont think they are a legal pedestrian crossing,
    if a motorist was to hit someone on this multi coloured painting it would be a very interesting legal situation.

    (Motorist charged with failure to stop for a pedestrain walking on a rainbow painting)

    • Me says:

      Think thats why traffic lights were invented

      • Boston Whaler Owner says:

        but this isnt traffic lights dummy!

        • Me says:

          If we made it through Americas Cup we will make it through a few hours Parade we are experts in marches in Bermuda so don’t stress about a cross walk make Love not war

    • Mike Hind says:

      Why would it be interesting? Can you cite the statute that says it has to be white?
      Or are you just making this up?

      • Boston Whaler Owner says:

        I see you reply to lots of things Mike Hind that you have no real knowledge or experience of,this is another.

        • Moth says:

          Boston Whaler Owner I think Mike was asking you a question (note his use of question marks) about your personal knowledge on this matter…which seems different from making a statement. You said “I dont [sic] think they are a legal pedestrian crossing.” He asked if you knew this for sure or if you were just making it up. I guess you didn’t have any real knowledge or experience about this?
          Or are you just cranky and feeling mean?

          • 2woke says:

            He’s a typical homophobe…..This stirs ‘something’ in him and it makes him uncomfortable… :)

        • Mike Hind says:

          I note you didn’t answer my questions about the fabrications you were expressing as fact.

          It’s telling that you decided to respond with a personal attack rather than engaging in conversation.

          • Boston Whaler Owner says:

            Mike Hind you are well known to twist anything that dosnt suit you to suit you personally.

            • Fact says:

              And that’s a fact! So tired of reading his constant whining posts on a subject matter which he is no expert. Unless he is gay?

              • Mike Hind says:

                Hey, tell yourself whatever lie you need to in order to justify your hate.

                And what if I was gay? Would that make me any less worthy of commenting? Why would it matter?

                Oh, wait… why bother asking questions. Your kind of hateful, bigoted coward doesn’t actually show any sort of integrity or honesty, do you? You just spread your lies to support your agenda of hate, don’t you?

                Never mind.

            • Mike Hind says:

              Yet another personal attack to avoid addressing my questions.

              Your integrity is really showing here.

              The fact that it’s an outright lie is another selling point.

              The fact that you’re attacking someone while hiding like a coward under your hood of anonymity is yet another.

    • Question says:

      The legal definition of pedestrian crossing is:
      “pedestrian crossing” means a part of the street for pedestrians to pass from one side of the carriage way to another and designated by markings on the carriage way or appropriate traffic signs.

      So the markings can be any colour, as long as they designate the crossing.

      So there goes that bs theory of yours.

      • Boston Whaler Owner says:

        I’d sooner let a Court of Law decide other than read keyboard lawyers decide.

        • Question says:

          It’s defined in the Road Traffic Act.
          Dumb**s.

        • Mike Hind says:

          Says the keyboard lawyer pretending he knows something…

        • Ty says:

          @Boston Whaler Owner – Do us all a favor an walk back and forth over the crosswalks. Let’s see if you get run over – (fingers crossed)or if people actually stop for you Maybe you better not cross one for fear that your friends will think you are part of the family. WooHoo

          • Boston Whaler Owner says:

            @Ty
            My wife has some pink underwear for you,but we both agree it wouldnt fit over your rear end which is clearly where you talk from

    • PBanks says:

      how is it applied in other places that have done this, eg UK?

      • Question says:

        We have our own laws and they are what count.

        • PBanks says:

          Point is that people are suggesting there’s an issue with painting crosswalks in different colours. So the legitimate question is, was there such an issue when crosswalks were painted in different colours in jurisdictions where they have held similar events?

          • question says:

            Not sure why it’s even relevant. The point is that painting zebra crossing another colour does not contravene Bermuda’s Road Traffic Act. My assumption is that if similar things have happened overseas they were similarly within the road traffic laws in those jurisdictions. But what counts is whether it is legal or not here, and it is, according to Bermuda’s laws.

      • Onion Peels says:

        The same way. With paint.

      • The real question says:

        This is not other places it’s Bermuda specially when we have a party like the UBP that tried to change their name to oba because black Bermudians stopped voting for them. The best to do would have been to deal with the racism in the party instead of hidding behind experimental names.

        • Jah says:

          The oba is not the ubp and they didn’t support SSM when they were in power. Remember also the plp told the voters they didn’t support it either which resulted in a 25 vs 11 victory. Next election the oba still won’t support it.

        • PBanks says:

          Thats great that we’re trying to make this topic about political parties but it’s kinda irrelevant here… the UBP is finished and the OBA is dead in the water. Moving on.

          Point is that people are suggesting there’s an issue with painting crosswalks in different colours. So the legitimate question is, was there such an issue when crosswalks were painted in different colours in jurisdictions where they have held similar events?

    • Anbu says:

      This is why we have those little buttons to push now that makes the lights flash. Shame bermudians are still too lazy to use them. Nice try tho.

  8. Skytrain says:

    This post definately wins the award for worthless comment of the year.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      If that’s your take , then you definitely haven’t hung around much on other local social media sites lately .. lol

  9. Dready says:

    They should all be painted nice and colorful .

  10. Real Deal says:

    I wont use those Cross walks and i always used crosswalks.

  11. Ian Hind says:

    1.The ped crossings are being repainted back to normal on Sunday 8th September.
    2. The Corporation is being paid to do the painting.
    3. They are not illegal or a hazard.
    4. This has been done in many cities all over the world.

    • Male says:

      So if it’s not illegal why repaint it back dumb ##s? We gays have rights to hug kiss and express each other. Bring me my parade I have a pink dress to wear.

  12. Whistling Frog says:

    Hey, I’ve seen this game before.. Don’t get caught on the red and yella.

  13. MM says:

    How do parents explain to their children why the pedestrian crossings are painted all kinds of colours ? Are same sex teachers in a relationship being told they are not to bid each other good bye with a kiss as heterosexual couples do in front of the school children ?

    • BS says:

      They had better not be kissing in front of my child!!! I don’t send her to school to see gays kissing each other!!!

      • Same way how parents teach their children that smoking, alchohol and drugs are not good for them.

      • wa says:

        “They had better not be kissing in front of my child!!! I don’t send her to school to see gays kissing each other!!!”

        Hysterical.

    • PBanks says:

      Any grown adult should be able to explain what it represents. If they have a moral or religious belief that they wish to convey, they can do so as well. It’s not really that difficult. Why would parents avoid the topic?

  14. campervan says:

    Great concept. Well done. Love the vibe being created for the inaugural gay pride parade. History in the making. Peace.

  15. Incredulous says:

    Great, let’s change the speed limit signs for the day!

  16. Real Deal says:

    Many people will not be able to see this for what it really is. Me being a logical man and educated in this agenda. I know that the cross walk modification is strategically made targeted towards our children who are taught from a very young age to use the cross walk. Children are blank slate when they are young so this will cause them to inquire about the change in the cross walk and if they google on the internet they will find adult content that will corrupt them leaning to them participating in this same lifestyle.

  17. StantheMaintenanceMan says:

    Feels like they doing a whole lot extra to try and push this on people who don’t wanna see be around or apart of it as a whole. It a one day parade for a small minute part of the community. I bet u soon there will be a rainbow flag at flag pole. They have gone and distorted the image of the rainbow to be some foolishness.
    Tell dready he needs to go baldy.

    • bluenose says:

      Exactly how has the image of a rainbow been distorted? I’d love to know.

      • Historically de rainbow is a sign from God that de earth will not be destroyed by water again but with Fire.

        • Fact says:

          Bull$hit

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          Which God, OJ?

          The ancient Greeks have Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo and others.

          Hindus have Brahma, Vishnu, Saraswati and others.

          Mayans have Itzamna, Yum Kaax, Hunab Ku and others.

    • TI says:

      For REAL!! This BS really upsets me.

      • Mike Hind says:

        Does it upset you as much as, say, not being treated as an equal human being in your own country would?

        • Fact says:

          No one said gays were not equal. What we are saying is why do we need a parade? I am gay and I don’t see the need to parade around or celebrate that! I see the need to go about my business and be left alone in my home! So stop with all this grandstanding Mike!

          • Mike Hind says:

            Why do they need a parade? Because they want one. They want to celebrate.

            You don’t. That’s fine, but you not wanting one shouldn’t stop them from having one if they want.

            Why shouldn’t they be allowed to have one?

            And I’M saying that people want gays to be less than equal. Both with the Government trying to actively remove access to rights afforded by marriage and also with something as simple as suggesting that these folks shouldn’t be allowed to exercise their basic human right to assembly.

            No one is trying to get into your home. No one is trying to stop you from going about your business.

            They’re just trying to get on with THEIR business… even when that business is celebrating victories against bigotry.

          • 2woke says:

            ” I am gay and I don’t see the need to parade around or celebrate that! ”

            Then don’t go….what’s so difficult about this?
            You’re proving the fact that Bermudians are ignorant.

        • Lewis says:

          Does it upset you knowing you voted OBA after they didn’t give you the rainbow you wanted? Don’t lie and say you didn’t vote for them fool.

          • Mike Hind says:

            This is just a bizarre attack.
            Are the OBA in power? Have I ever expressed support for them?
            No. In fact, I was VERY vocal about their cowardice in dealing with this issue.

            But you keep lashing out and throwing weird little tantrums like this.

            It’ll help you get far in the world…

          • 2woke says:

            “Does it upset you knowing you voted OBA after they didn’t give you the rainbow you wanted? Don’t lie and say you didn’t vote for them fool.”

            Look at the seething hatred and vitriol in this post. This anger comes from the fact that you are a homosexual and can’t come to terms with it. It’s the society you surrounded yourself with that did this to you. Don’t take it out on others, just because you’re too cowardly to come out.

  18. Real Deal says:

    The move makes me in support of the removal of control from the corporation. they are acting like they would start some kind of coup de etat in the future. this how i see these plays they are making

    • bluenose says:

      Your vision is apparently distorted.

    • PBanks says:

      You really believe that the ‘gay agenda’ in collaboration with CoH has the ability to take over the ruling government…?

  19. StantheMaintenanceMan says:

    Black and white crosswalk must of been to indicative of the straight pride flag. I thought pride was pride. Now I can’t be included. I thought this was about inclusion.

    • 2woke says:

      Look at these posts….the haters don’t know how to spell.
      The haters keep quoting the bible.
      It’s funny how much the plp are like the Trump administration.
      Full of hatred and jealousy, homophobia…go hand in hand, indicative of the quality of education…pathetic and embarrassing.

      • Ya like de Tea Party against Obama

        • 2woke says:

          Yes OJ!
          You are “like de Tea Party against Obama”

          Obama like the gays…don’t you understand that?

      • @Staywoke says:

        I’m no homophobe, definitely not jealous, but what I see here and in a lot of discussion on social platforms as well as in face to face discussion is that the LGBT…. community send this message that they better be accepted for whatever it is they want to do or say whenever they want to do it! What I think your missing is that people don’t have to accept what is a personal choice for any individual but every human being has the right to vocalize their opinion-it’s called freedom of speech whether you agree or disagree but what can’t we agree to disagree!

        Marriage is a religious bond that’s established between a man and a woman. If you want marriage than I guess you agree to the other aspects of the Bible or are you just selecting what is convenient for you agenda.

        Food for thought- take religion out of it- if you put 50 gay men on an island and came back in 100 years would the island still Be inhabited?

        • 2woke says:

          Marriage is traditionally a sales contract. The wife is chattel. Her father gives her to her husband, she takes his last name, She’s property.
          If marriage is religious, as you say…how is it possible to be married at city hall, with no church in site?

          Your arguments have been debunked many times.

        • PBanks says:

          “Marriage is a religious bond ” – ok let’s stop right there. You don’t need to be a part of any religion to get married. Your total argument is null and void right off the bat.

          Shoot, didn’t even have to get into the procreation paragraph to discredit this display of ludicrousness.

        • Mike Hind says:

          You do know that marriage isn’t ONLY a religious thing, right?
          And that other religions, even ones that don’t follow the Bible, have marriages, right?

          And your “island” scenario makes no sense, as no one is demanding that everyone turns gay. They just want to be left alone to live their lives and make families with the people they love.

          Why is that so much to ask for?

        • .am says:

          If you put 50 straight women on an island, so you really think the result would be any different?

        • Double S says:

          Ironic comment given as your last two paragraphs are all about pushing your religious ‘lifestyle’ on others.

    • Paul says:

      The Rainbow is for everyone. The + in the LGBTQ+ is for allies from any sexuality

  20. Rocky5 says:

    Hopefully they’ll be painted St G & Somerset colours next Cup Match

  21. Kathy says:

    Although I VERY MUCH support gay people and their personal decisions in life, I can’t say I support the exposition of their gayness in a parade like fashion. Do we have heterosexual parades to celebrate openly our heterosexual sexuality? It doesn’t REALLY bother me, but I just wonder why we feel the need to have a parade?

    Why can’t everyone just keep their sexual preferences and exposition of those sexual preferences in the home? Is it really necessary to display it in a parade in the middle of our international business district?

    I would rather show my support for gay people in the courts.

    • EAP says:

      There is a need to parade because homosexuals still don’t have equal rights.

      Showing support in the courts obviously failed.

      Plus, having a parade is a lot more positive and peaceful than a protest right?

      Instead of finding ways to criticize, challenge yourself and think of the positive impact for those who are not like you.

    • Voice of Reason says:

      The fact that straight people don’t need a parade speaks volumes.

      Think… slaves were emancipated. Thus we have emancipation day.

      The LGBT community has been oppressed thus we are celebrating our liberation (if that’s what you want to call it).

    • 2woke says:

      “Do we have heterosexual parades to celebrate openly our heterosexual sexuality?”

      Yes, Kathy. There are quite a few in the US…and you always have your carnivale, where sexuality is grotesquely displayed for everyone to see.

    • PBanks says:

      Please, instead of uttering soundbites like heterosexual parades and a wish for people to keep their preferences in the home, do some research into the history and purpose of these events.

      There is zero need whatsoever for there to be a Straight Pride.

      As for expression, do you have such abhorrence for a straight couple holding hands or kissing or otherwise exposing their sexual preference in the street?

      • Fact says:

        I do! That’s disgusting! Sorry but 2 dudes tonguing each other in public is just not acceptable visually! Heck no!

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          What about 2 girls kissing each other?

        • PBanks says:

          In other posts you said that you were a ‘true gay’. So are you the kind of gay person that doesn’t like kissing or something?

    • Me says:

      You want people to stay in the closet? Closets are for clothes

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Do we have heterosexual parades to celebrate openly our heterosexual sexuality?”

      Yes. We called it Bermuda Carnival. Did you what some of those girls were wearing?

      “Why can’t everyone just keep their sexual preferences and exposition of those sexual preferences in the home”

      Being gay is NOT a “preference” or a “choice” any more than being male or female is a preference or a choice. Why is that so hard to understand?

  22. Triangle Drifter says:

    I can’t help but wonder, had all of the anti Pride Parade mob not made such a fuss, how much corporate & support from outside the gay community would have been generated.

    They have turned out to be their own worst enemy. Hilarious!

    Full marks for all those who have demonstrated support BTW.

  23. Pure Madness!!!!! says:

    Once again, I have to say this. If you are proud of who you are, what you do, how you live, why is it necessary to have a parade. You folks are seriously trying to force your lifestyle on folks like myself who do not share your viewpoint or more importantly on our young children who are very impressionable. Once someone doesn’t agree with your lifestyle, you all get offended and get your backs up against the wall which is not necessary.

    Before anyone thinks I am homophobic or hateful, I am not, I have family and friends who live your lifestyle and I love them all the same. I have never been disrespectful or displayed any acts of homophobia towards anyone.

    This has definitely been the topic of discuss at different arenas I have been to recently and the one thing we all have in common is that we don’t HATE you. We just don’t agree with how you all are going about it, as others don’t have a parade for what they believe in.

    Live your life as you see fit. But please stop trying to force this on the rest of us who do not live as you do.

    • Anbu says:

      Insert religion where u used lifestyle. See how it works? For the love of all things, please could we stop trying to force religious beliefs on others. Not saying thats what u did, just a different perspective. I dont see gays going around on weekends knocking on doors trying to convert us to “the gay way”. Dont wanna support? Dont go. Dont wanna be gay? Dont be. Same way if u arent into cricket or blistering heat, u dont go cupmatch. Same same. Only thing that is ever EXACTLY the same is the amount of venom spewed by those that dont agree. Im guilty of it just like we all are. Dont see how this will hurt anyone. Especially children. Bermudians carrying on like this will corrupt every child born here. Funny how we aint done squat abt gun or gang control though.

    • Listening says:

      But, we do have parades and national holidays for other things we believe in. Labour day coming up. Should we scratch that for those who cannot or choose not to work? Emancipation day? The Christian Christmas holiday and parades? Don’t take it so I personally cannot stand the way many local Christian organizations push their agenda, but I don’t complain. It’s their right to do so, and my right to ignore it.

      Regarding our impressionable children, it’s the negative and hateful comments that I would be more worried about here. It’s those ideals which are taught and lead to antisocial even violent behavior. Teaching inclusion always makes for a better world. Even if it only teaches children that they are accepted no matter what for who truely are.

      • PBanks says:

        “it’s the negative and hateful comments that I would be more worried about here. It’s those ideals which are taught and lead to antisocial even violent behavior. ”

        - THIS. I’m far more concerned about this when it comes to a young child.

        These ‘ideals’ have the potential to manifest in bullying, ostracizing, verbal and physical abuse yet there’s no consideration of this from those who dislike gay rights, etc.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          I prefer the use of “human rights” over “gay rights”. Calling a right a “gay right” reinforces the notion held by some that being gay or bisexual or transgender or other makes a person less than human. An “abomination” is word I have heard used to describe a gay person.

      • Fact says:

        Sorry but having men display themselves in front of children is not acceptable on any level! Let’s not debate that fact! This parade is an exhibition of pure arrogance and something that us “true gays” don’t support in any way! We want to be left alone and we want the right to marry – that’s it! I don’t need a parade to do that!

        • Opps says:

          Mike Hinds says you need a parade lolololol.

          • Mike Hind says:

            A. You’re hiding like a coward behind a fake name while taking a swing at me. Real brave.
            B. You can’t even get my name right, but we’re supposed to respect your point of view as an intelligent person?
            C. You’re a clown.

        • 2woke says:

          “Sorry but having men display themselves in front of children is not acceptable on any level”

          You talking about carnival again?

        • PBanks says:

          “having men display themselves in front of children is not acceptable on any level!” – um is that what you see the event being? Fellas thrusting crotches in the faces of children?

          How many instances of this happened in the Jamaica Pride a few weeks ago? Or frankly, any parade?

        • Anbu says:

          Are u “true gays” like “real bermudians”? Just asking. Now they arent gay enough because they want to show it?! Im confused.

      • imjustsaying says:

        When you are walking in the park with your child and you and your child see 2 men kissing and the child asks the question why are 2 men kissing. The parent is put into an awkward position of trying to explain that to their child. You folks will not have that problem therefore you do not understand what the parent is going through. I only hope those participants in the upcoming parade safe their spit swapping for when they get home.

        • PBanks says:

          It’s not that awkward if you’re an adult. Be a parent and be truthful. Two people like each other. They expressed it with a kiss, no different than a man and a woman. If your religion finds it abhorrent, then you can go into it. But if you’re already foaming at the mouth because “ewww, two men!*”, then you’re not being frank with your child and only expressing your disgust instead of an objective look.

          (* and it’s always men, isn’t it)

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “You folks are seriously trying to force your lifestyle on folks …”

      Once again I have to say that being gay or bi-sexual or transgender or other is not a “lifestyle” and it is not a “choice” any more than being male or female is a “lifestyle” or a “choice”. No rational human being would choose a life of ridicule and oppression.

      Our Government is appealing to the Privy Council for the right to enshrine discrimination against the LBGTQ+ community into our law. That should be a matter of deep concern to every Bermudian and every Bermuda resident.

      Who will the Government want to discriminate against next?

  24. glen says:

    never accept this in this island

  25. glen says:

    we voted against this and they still do it,,, ok our turn

    • PBanks says:

      Your turn to do what, exactly? What are you insinuating could happen as a response?

    • truthertz says:

      You voted against gay marriage, not a Pride parade.

    • 2woke says:

      You voted against a rainbow crosswalk?
      When was that put to a vote?
      Now it’s your turn to paint a crosswalk?
      Typical straights, always years behind the gays :)

  26. 2woke says:

    ” please stop trying to force this on the rest of us who do not live as you do.”

    That means you too…Pure Madness.

    Stay out of other lives, no one wants you there.

  27. Boston Whaler Owner says:

    Jesse Ventura said this line in Predator
    “Bunch of slack-jawed ****** around here……………”

    • Mark says:

      That would be your level. Sure you’d not be able to keep up with serious documentaries.

  28. Jenna says:

    Yay Bermuda! Love is love is love is love. Those who are upset about Bermuda’s embrace of the LGBTQ+ community – the world is evolving without you! Choose kindness.

    • @Staywoke says:

      Slow down dea “Bermuda embraces the lgbtq community” nooo not all bermuda embrace that!

      • 2woke says:

        You’re right, some bermudians are homophobic, racist hypocrites…scared to death of a colourful crosswalk.

      • Anbu says:

        Just like not all of us support getting smashed by this gov. administration either. See how it works?

  29. Joe Bloggs says:

    This is utter madness! If the vitriol here aimed at the LBGTQ+ community was aimed at the black community or the white community or the Portuguese community or all males or all females there would be outrage across the community and justifiably so.

    Instead, we have people here saying things against the LBGTQ+ community as if they are not human and should not have human rights! Really, people!

    All the LBGTQ+ community wants to do is paint 2 Zebra crossings for a week or so! How can that harm anyone? A segment of society wants to celebrate their rights. And other segments of society want to crush that celebration. What a sad state of affairs.

    • PBanks says:

      It’s unbridled hate, really. And all the people who say ‘they don’t hate’, then go ahead and call out the posters who are posting hateful messages.

  30. Me says:

    Love it get used to it folks will happen every year now for the rest of your life

  31. I'm just saying says:

    That is a safety hazard the idea of black & white cross walks is so that clothing be it red shirt & pink bottoms for example will not blend in so a motorist will see the pedestrian. I hope nobody gets injured and if they do….. lawsuit.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Where were you when Zebra crossings where being painted pink for the breast cancer walk? Why weren’t you warning of the dangers then?

      Me thinks you are using safety to mask your discrimination

  32. life says:

    They shouldnt do that not everyone agrees with that lifestyle.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Being gay or transgender is no more a “lifestyle” than being female or male is. There is no choice in the matter.

  33. Vida says:

    After reading all these comments,there is so much hate in our Island,we are just like the states,come on people grow up,how can our children get along with each other if we act
    stupid,this parade will take place weather we like it or not,Sunday it will be over, work on Monday.

  34. Oh,I see now says:

    Appears to me that the government ,I’m sorry I meant PLP are trying to get Rosie and her cruise boat back to Bermuda.Satan is somewhere tapping his feet and clapping his hands together like a little school girl about now.

  35. Get real says:

    It’s not political. Michael Scott and pat pamplin Gordon we’re both there celebrating human rights for all.
    Let’s have an all lives matter parade and the whole population dance together.
    Show the politicians and the world that Bermuda is moving forward.
    Men women black white children everyone for everyone
    Human and humane

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