Stephen Corbishley, Commissioner of Police

Threats posted on social media “that threaten or suggest violence towards the LGBTQ community” are currently under investigation by police, in the lead up to the island’s first-ever gay pride parade on August 31.

In a statement released on Friday, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) also pledged it support for the upcoming event.

Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley said the BPS was in talks with OutBermuda over the event.

In the interim, he said: “I am aware of a minority of social media comments currently in circulation that threaten or suggest violence towards the LGBTQ community.

“We are now investigating these posts and action will be taken against those responsible.

“The BPS represents and supports all aspects of our diverse communities and we want to be alongside LGBTQ people to celebrate their identity and have confidence that their police service is there when they have need. We have many in Bermuda, particularly young people, who may feel alone or isolated due to their sexual orientation or are subject to hateful comments or actions. This is not right and all communities deserve respect and equality.”

Ultimately, he said pride parades “can help change attitudes and celebrate progress that LGBTQ communities have made all over the world”.