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Queen of Bermuda takes to the stage for Pride celebration

Mark Anderson as Sybil Barrington, the “Queen of Bermuda” (photograph supplied)

The “Queen of Bermuda” is to organise two events around a beach party to celebrate Bermuda’s LGBT people.

Mark Anderson, the man behind Sybil Barrington, will put on drag performances tonight – either side of Pride Bermuda’s celebration at Cooper’s Island on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Anderson also planned to wave at commuters at the Crow Lane roundabout near Hamilton as his alter ego Sybil.

He explained some people would want to mark the occasion in different settings.

Mr Anderson said: “The type of setting that I’m going to be at is for people of all walks of life who can embrace Pride for the weekend.”

He told the public: “You might have somebody who’s visiting and would like to celebrate Pride but may be leaving on Saturday – at least they get to celebrate on Friday.

“I’d like to give people a little piece of something within a three-day period so at least they can get to see me somewhere.”

Mr Anderson was to give a single performance at the Lido Complex at Elbow Beach in Paget around 10.30pm yesterday.

He will stage another performance at the Flagpole on Front Street at 10pm today.

The Saturday night show will include a performance from singer Da’Khari Love and steel pan drum maestro Robert Symons, as well as speeches.

Mr Anderson said that the events would be free, but that donations were welcome.

He added that he would have brunch at the Hamilton Princess on Sunday as Sybil and encouraged others to do the same to thank the resort for its support for gay rights.

Mr Anderson said: “Hamilton Princess is a huge supporter of the gay community and they have really supported us tremendously since Pride was announced.

“I think that it’s only right that we, the LGBT community, show our financial support this entire weekend.”

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Published August 28, 2021 at 7:50 am (Updated August 28, 2021 at 7:59 am)

Queen of Bermuda takes to the stage for Pride celebration

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