‘Shocked & Saddened By Hateful Mass Shooting’

June 13, 2016

Following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando which left 50 people dead, the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda said they “stand in solidarity with the fellow members of the LGBTQ community around the world as we mourn the loss of those senselessly murdered and injured.”

The statement from the group said, “The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is deeply shocked and saddened by the hateful mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

“We stand in solidarity with the fellow members of the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer] community around the world as we mourn the loss of those senselessly murdered and injured at Pulse nightclub, a safe space for the gay community.

“Our thoughts are with their loved ones, spouses, partners, parents, children, families and friends.

Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda June 13 2016

“In a small community like Bermuda, we know how important it is to cultivate safer spaces where LGBTQ people can feel free to express their true selves. It is a shocking violation for those spaces to be brutalized with homophobic and transphobic violence.

“This attack was not only on the individuals at Pulse, but also against the global LGBTQ community during the month of Pride.

“This attack was also not solely the result of one man’s gun, but the end result of systems and cultures that spread homophobia and transphobia. When LGBTQ people are seen as less-than-human, as not deserving equal human rights and respect, a target is painted on our backs.

“In Bermuda, we need to tackle these systemic roots of homophobic violence, to see each other all as equals deserving of equal rights, if we truly want to stand in solidarity with the victims of this shooting.

“The Pulse massacre is heartbreaking. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda would like to remind our LGBTQ community and allies that we do not tolerate hate, Islamophobia, or religion-bashing. For us to be free, we must fight our battles intersectionally.

“We exist solely in the realm of love, and for that reason, love must win. Be proud. Love and light to Orlando.”

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  1. Daylilly says:

    Lots of prayers were prayed for the victims and their families at Sunday’s prayer vigil. God’s be with the victims and their families.

    • Gargoyle Wings says:

      Coming from you and the things you have said about LGBT, I find this very insincere.

    • Mike Hind says:

      And yet, you will continue to post lies and misinformation in a cowardly attempt to promote your hateful campaign of discrimination, treating the LGBT community as less than human and unworthy of sharing in rights.


    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      It would be nice to believe that, but since you were out there to to pray that these same people’s remain as second class citizens, in your view lower than you and undeserving of the same rights and protection under the law that you take for granted. Your ‘prayers’ become disingenuous, hollow and hypocritical to those who suffered from this senseless violence… not just in Orlando, but around the world, at the hands of those that use your same belief/prayers and misinformation that you yourself have promoted on these comment pages to justify and inflict these crimes. Your intolerance is what fuels this violence and crimes, it is intolerance that has eroded our social and familial fabric of our communities.

    • What?? says:

      What a load of shite. Not one single mention was made of any of these prayers. And given how bad it was that this homophobic display went ahead on the day of the tragedy I am absolutely sure that the various Reverends interviewed would have featured this prominently.

      Nice try at damage control but it is NOT believable!

  2. ron,b says:

    maybe the world’s not ready

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      If we waited until every person in the world was ready to be tolerant to equality of right under the law, then nobody would have any human rights at this time. Evolution has to happen, and those that can’t keep up will fall behind, and sadly too often rest like this to their failure to keep up.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        *sadly results like this is born from their failure to keep up.

  3. Dorothy says:

    Is it too far-fetched or cynical to believe that this must be another ploy to take away the American’s right to possess a firearm?

    • Mike Hind says:

      Yes. Because no one is trying to do that. At all.
      Dismissing this attack against the LGBT community as a ploy to take away guns is ridiculous and wrong

      Sensible gun laws aren’t “taking away American’s right to possess a firearm”.
      No one is proposing that.

      • LOL says:

        Hey Mike!

        have you seen the stories in the NY Post and UK papers that say that the shooter was gay, visited gay clubs for years, hit on gay men, and his ex-wife said he was gay?

    • Rich says:

      To think that any one would be willing sacrifice 50+ lives as part of ‘another ploy’ is just so utterly barbaric to even contemplate. Yet, that’s where you went.

      • Dorothy says:

        I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that history wasn’t your major in college.

    • What?? says:

      Get your tin foil hat back on.

  4. What says:

    How anyone who lived through segregation and the civil rights movement is able to sit there and preach acceptance while simultaneously denying the very same rights that blacks in the past have been denied (and fought for) is beyond me.

    The hypocrisy of some people is so extensive that they don’t even realize, and it’s sad, honestly.

    • smh says:

      I support SSM but don’t dare act like gay people have had to endure the oppression that BLACK PEOPLE, THE ORIGINAL PEOPLE, have endured and continue to endure for the past 500 years.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        But they have and continue to endure abuses, in some places that are systematic, there are places in the world where they are burnt alive, hung, tortured. They have been subjected to involuntary lobotomies, chemical castration, imprisonment in pyshiatric institutions and not to forget the current ‘conversion therapy’ treatment centres that are widely regarded by the scientific community as a form of psychology abuse. The persecution in the west even predates the establishment of the western slave trade.

      • Anbu says:

        Its the same. Accept it. Spin it all u want. Its the same

    • No laughing matter says:

      Is the LGBT community currently enduring slavery? How about gay only public water fountains? gay seating section at the back of the bus?? Do you see “no gays allowed” signs at restaurants, stores or movie theaters? gay only segregated neignourhoods? Gay only segregated schools? gay only segregated hospitals? Gay only segregated platoons in the army? Access to menial jobs only?

      Yeah, that’s what I thought.

      DO NOT compare your plight to that of the civil rights movement.

    • Dorothy says:

      To equate lgbt discrimination with racial discrimination of a people forcibly brought to the western world in captivity is about as racist as it gets.
      You don’t even realize apparently.

    • Say Whaat? says:

      I’m sorry, did I miss when gay people were sold as slaves? When were they hung from trees and photographed hanging there, etc.

      Stop trying to play the victim, because you aren’t one!

  5. Thinking says:

    Mike you really feel for these people huh wonder why

    • Mike Hind says:

      OOOH! That was a good one.
      Do you really have nothing to add? Is THIS how you have a conversation? Pathetic, childish “Oooh, you’re gay!” allegations, too cowardly to come out and actually say it?

      You’re pathetic.

  6. Be the change... says:

    I’m a heterosexual married women. Myself and my husband stand in solidarity with the LGBT community around the world at this sad and devastating time. We will also stand in solidarity with the LGBT community of Bermuda on the 23rd of June. When hopefully you will all get what should be rightfully yours anyway!