Eight events scheduled to mark Pride 2023
A prom, a drag show and an LGBTQ+ icon award will be added to the mix for Bermuda Pride 2023.
OutBermuda has announced eight events taking place over a five-day period starting from the end of this month and is calling on volunteers to “help make the week fun and safe for everyone”.
The charity, which focuses on LGBTQ+ equality, is expecting record numbers to turn out to the celebrations which include the Pride Parade, Party in the Park, a Worship Service, Harbour Night Takeover, Night Party, the Pride Prom, Drag Bunch, and the Open Mic and Artist Talk.
Tiffany Paynter, executive director of OutBermuda, said: “Bermuda Pride offers the island’s diverse LGBTQ+ community and our allies a period of greater visibility, connection and support.
“We aim to inspire respect and courage, educate in order to create a more compassionate and equal society, honour our past and present, and celebrate the power and beauty of who we are.”
This year’s theme is Homecoming which is intended to be an invitation to members of the community who have left the island, to return home.
“We’re working together, with our allies, to build a future free from discrimination and stigmatisation,” Ms Paynter said.
A number of different volunteer roles are available this year. Anyone wishing to sign up as a volunteer can do so here.
For more details on each event, including artists performing and ticket sales, please visit www.pride.bm.
August 23: The week’s festivities will kick off at a special Pride edition of Harbour Nights, made possible by the City of Hamilton. There, attendees will be able to enjoy fresh tunes and Pride-themed cocktails from Mixyz.
August 24: The night will see the artistic community come together for an Open Mic and Artist Talk event hosted by Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art from 6.30pm until 9pm. Tickets will be available on the door.
August 25: For the first time, Bermuda Pride will include the presentation of an OutBermuda Icon Award, recognising a trailblazing local LGBTQ+ activist or organisation who has helped pave the way for a more equal, inclusive Bermuda for all. The award will be presented on Friday at Pride Prom, a first-of-its-kind evening of celebration, hosted by longtime OutBermuda supporter and sponsor the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.
August 26: The peak of the week’s events will be the traditional Party in the Park in Victoria Park on Saturday from 9am until 3pm. This celebration of love and equality will come together during the Pride Parade through the streets of Hamilton from 10am until 11am. The family-friendly event will see entertainers from all quarters of the community come together in celebration. For adults, a glow-themed Night Party will take place from 10pm until the early hours at Pier 6, where one and all can let their hair down.
August 27: Sunday will see Pride celebrations wrap up with a special Pride Worship service at Wesley Methodist Church in Hamilton, 11am until noon, before Drag Brunch gets into full swing at The Loren at Pink Beach. There, “Queen of Bermuda” and drag legend Sybil Barrington will hold court to bring Pride week to a close. Tickets will be sold by The Loren, with $10 from each sold being donated to OutBermuda.
• Information provided by OutBermuda