Bermuda’s first-ever gay pride parade on August 31 is making international news headlines.

In an article by Cailey Rizzo for Travel+Leisure, published on June 13, says the August 31 event comes “nine months after re-legalizing same-sex marriage in Bermuda.

The article states: “Bermuda originally legalized gay marriage in May 2017, but it set off a period of legal battles and wavering protections. Legalization was repealed in February 2018, by a law signed into effect by the governor of the island.

“After a months-long process involving multiple debates in the Supreme Court, Bermuda again granted legal protection to same-sex couples in November 2018.Bermuda Is on a Mission to Double the Number of African-American Tourists Who Visit by 2025 — Here’s How – A flight from the East Coast to Bermuda is just over two hours.”

A spokesperson for OutBermuda is also quoted as saying: “There is an inherent value in a public celebration of our LGBTQ community in Bermuda as a reminder that we exist and that we are members of the Bermuda community,” a spokesperson for OutBermuda, one of the main sponsors of the march, told The Royal Gazette. “It is also a beacon of hope to LGBTQ youth and others who feel that they are alone. OutBermuda will continue to promote and support the wellbeing, health, dignity, security, safety and protection of the LGBTQ community in Bermuda, for as long as we are needed.”

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