Saturday the 31st of August
A community celebration was held in Victoria Park on Saturday the 31st of August 2019 from 9:00am to 7:00pm.
The park opened at 9:00am and the day started with a 09:30 yoga session led by FusionWorks with Marcia (bring your own mat).
At 10:15 Joy Barnum provided 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 was asked to assemble for the parade through the City which started 11:00 and wrapped up at 12:30.
Celebrations continued at Victoria Park from 12:30pm until 19:00 where enjoyed live entertainment from: Anomi Amaya Deveroux, Chrissy Dior, Denzel Amos, Eliza Olander, Joy Barnum, Padma Bermuda, Melodies and Mimosas, Mia Williams, Mike Hind, Nkosi, Roderick Ferguson, The Queen of Bermuda Ms Sybil Barrington, Tiffany Paynter, Wine Women & Song and Zebra Kidd.
Our emcees for the day were father and son, Edward Christopher and Jonathan Christopher; and our deejays for the day were Dizzle the DJ, and DJ Felix.
Ashley’s Lemonade, Bermuda Cupcake Company, Casa dos Açores, Duch Pops, Hot Dog Delight, J&B’s Wood Fired Pizza, Simple Bermuda and SnOasis snow cones were on hand at Victoria Park for all of our food and drink needs.
Victoria Park is wheelchair accessible. Thanks to a generous private donor, we are pleased to have been able to offer our elderly and disabled supporters a space on the train which will follow the parade.
Held on Friday the 30th of August 2019
18:30 to 20:00
Pride kicked off with a panel discussion at the Hamilton Princess on the evening of Friday the 30th of August. The title was “Free to be me: Expressing LGBTQI+ identities against a legacy of colonialism.”
Sodomy laws were not unique to Bermuda, but a mainstay of British colonial order. The seminar explored how colonial era laws have impacted the expression of LGBTQI+ identities in the British Commonwealth Caribbean, in particular Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago (four Caribbean countries that have now held Pride parades).
Five presenters from these four countries spoke:
- Jaevion Nelson, Executive Director of J-FLAG, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays;
- Suelle Anglin, Assistant Director of Marketing, Communication & Engagement at J-FLAG, and manages the execution of Pride in Jamaica
- Ro-Ann Mohommad, Founder of SHE Barbados and Organizer of Barbados’ LGBTQI Pride;
- Rudolph (Rudy) Hanamji, Chair of Pride Trinidad & Tobago; and
- Dr. Nastassia Rambarran, Public Health Advocate at SASOD, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Guyana.
Over 300 tickets were booked for the free event and everyone was invited to join in on the conversation online using hashtag: #FreeToBeMeBda
With special thanks to our event sponsor Hamilton Princess for facilitating the Panel Discussion.
On Thursday the 29th of August PechaKucha Bermuda Volume 27: PRIDE Edition was held with the aim to empower individuals to share their expertise and elevate the voices of queer creatives.
The night featured five outspoken, passionate and diverse speakers to highlight important issues that affect the LGBTQI+ community.
It was an incredible event, by all accounts, and a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together to show support for their LGBTQI+ speakers, build alliances and celebrate the humans of Bermuda.
Photos from the PechaKucha Bermuda Facebook Page.
The not so small print.
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