Bermuda Pride is an unapologetic and public celebration of Bermuda’s LGBTQI+ people, and the many allies of the LGBTQI+ community on Island. It has been organized in the belief in a Bermuda for all people, and will openly acknowledge the importance of the diversity that makes up Bermudian society.
Why does Bermuda’s Pride logo include extra stripes?
In 2017, the city of Philadelphia in the United States added two colours — black and brown — to the existing pride flag, and hoisted it outside City Hall. The colours, according to the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs’ More Color More Pride campaign, represented inclusion of people of colour in the LGBTQI+ community. Since then, other Prides have adopted the brown and black stripes including Manchester Pride in the UK which includes them in their Pride in August this year.
The original rainbow flag was designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 and whilst the stripes do not represent skin colour, the LGBTQI+ movement internationally has often been led by white gay men, who have also perhaps been the greatest beneficiaries of the advances. The Stonewall riots of 50 years ago, which many feel became the touchstone for advancing LGBTQI+ rights around the world, took place in New York and up-front and centre were queer and trans people of colour many of whom who came from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, but their role has often been ignored.
In organising Bermuda’s first ever Pride we felt it was important to include the additional stripes in the rainbow, particularly since we as a country have both a majority black population but also a long history of racism. Specifically, we wanted to include the stripes to bring attention to the need for the LGBTQI+ community as a whole to fight not only for specific LGBTQI+ rights such as equal marriage but to also campaign on other issues that affect LGBTQI+ people, including racism, sexism and economic inequality.
We as LGBTQI+ Bermudians and organisers of Bermuda’s first Pride are proud to embrace the fight against all forms of discrimination.
Creating the logo
The logo started with the familiar Bermudian symbol of the moongate. This symbol which is associated with traditional union is then exploded, transformed – made more – and radiates the pride colours turning the symbol into something new, like dawn sunshine.
The colours of the blocks/beams take abstract forms that suggest both bold celebration and unity. Pride.
Volunteers, community members and supporters of Pride.
The not so small print.
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