Gay rights campaigners honoured by bank
Campaigners who fought for LGBT equality were this month honoured as “Pride Pioneers” by a bank.
Mark Anderson, Adrian Hartnett-Beasley, Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche were honoured by HSBC to highlight this month’s Pride celebrations.
Mr Anderson said: “I’m so, so humbled and appreciative of HSBC for showing their amazing support.
“I am grateful that they have created the Pride Pioneers and am honoured that I’m one of those selected to share and realise my vision and my dreams to enrich our community in Bermuda.”
A spokeswoman for HSBC said that the four were chosen after the bank was asked to take part in Pride month.
She added: “As part of the celebrations, the bank’s internal HSBC Pride employee resource group shared profiles with all employees on individuals they considered to be Bermuda Pride Pioneers.”
The recognition for the rainbow warriors came as Pride celebrations were held around the world.
Mr Anderson, the man behind Sybil Barrington, the “Queen of Bermuda”, is well known for his drag performances and battles for equal rights.
Mr Hartnett-Beasley helped form OutBermuda, a charity set up to campaign for LGBT rights and is the organisation’s chairman.
Mr Godwin and Mr DeRoche made history in Bermuda in 2017 after they won a landmark Supreme Court case that gave them permission to marry in Bermuda.
The decision helped to cement the legal right for same-sex marriages to be held on the island.