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Walking with Pride

Queen Street crosswalk brightly coloured for Pride (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Two pedestrian crossings were given colourful makeovers as Pride events take place.

A spokeswoman for the City of Hamilton said the paint jobs would last for two weeks.

She explained that OutBermuda, the organiser of Bermuda Pride events, made a request for “two painted crosswalks — one on Queen Street and the other on Washington Street, near Daylesford Theatre”.

The spokeswoman added: “After meeting the appropriate criteria as detailed in the City’s Painted Crosswalk Policy 2019, they then entered into a contract with the City for the painting of the two pedestrian crosswalks, which has now been undertaken.

“The colourful crosswalks will be in place for two weeks.”

It is not the first time that the pedestrian crossings have been painted in colours of the rainbow — a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride.

When they were decorated in 2019, the first year that Bermuda held a Pride parade, a City spokeswoman explained: “In the past, the City has approved, and will continue to approve, similar requests from charities to paint crosswalks to coincide with and promote observances such as Breast Cancer Health Month, for example.”

Events this week include an open mike and artist talk, scheduled for this evening at Masterworks, and a Pride prom at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club tomorrow.

A Party in the Park is to start at 9am on Saturday at Victoria Park with the keystone parade to begin at 10am.

The Bermuda Pride website said that the series of events supported LGBTQ+ communities “in the pursuit of our unequivocal right to be safe, seen, valued and thriving”.

It added: “Our annual Pride celebration offers our diverse community and allies a period of greater visibility, connection and support by producing events that: inspire you to think, speak and act with love, respect and courage; educate our community in order to create a more compassionate and just society; honour our past and present by amplifying our voices, efforts and stories; and celebrate the power and beauty of who we are.”

The website said: “As we come together around this year’s Homecoming theme, we invite those in our community who have left our island to return to Bermuda to celebrate how far we’ve come and to recognise how far we have to go.

“As we work together to build a future free from discrimination and stigmatisation, we invite LGBTQ+ Bermudians and allies around the globe and here at ‘home’ to reaffirm that we belong here and that Bermuda belongs to us, too.”

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Published August 24, 2023 at 7:53 am (Updated August 24, 2023 at 7:53 am)

Walking with Pride

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