NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The country’s first official Pride events are slated for October 5-12, 2020.
The dates were announced in a Facebook post by the steering committee Pride Bahamas on Sunday.
The committee was formed by the Bahamas Organisation of LGBTI Affairs and community allies, and events will be staged under the theme “The Rebirth of Pride Bahamas Centering LGBTIQA People in The Bahamas’ Future”.
“Pride Bahamas was re-conceptualized in 2018 as an effort to bolster LGBT advocacy efforts in the Bahamas and to provide in a platform where LGBT Bahamians, their friends, families and allies can come together and show that they are indeed real people, born and raised or otherwise citizens of the Bahamas, who have a place in society like everyone else,” read Sunday’s statement.
“The initiative, through its visibility efforts, seeks to sensitize and educate the general public on the reality of the lives of Bahamians who are LGBT and those who are close to them.”
The statement continued: “As we move closer to the start of our inaugural Pride celebration in the Bahamas, we wish to encourage all members of society, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, to show their support of all members of the LGBT community as we seek to achieve acceptance, equity and integration as productive members of society.”
Pride parades are events that celebrate the social and self-acceptance, achievements, legal rights and dignity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.
In its statement, Pride Bahamas noted other Caribbean countries that have hosted Pride activities, including: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda and Barbados.