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Police investigate gay pride event threats

Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Police are investigating threats of violence made on social media against members of the LGBTQ community.

The Bermuda Police Service also pledged its support for the island’s first gay pride parade, which will take place on August 31.

Stephen Corbishley, the Commissioner of Police, 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.”

Mr Corbishley noted the force was in talks with OutBermuda over the event.

He said: “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.”

Mr Corbishley said pride parades can help change attitudes and celebrate progress that LGBTQ communities have made all over the world.