Bermuda is tolerant of gay and lesbian travelers, but the island still lags far behind North American and European countries when it comes to laws and policies affecting the LGBTQ community. In 2013, Bermuda’s Parliament voted in favor of the Human Rights Amendment Act, which finally added sexual orientation to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination—an act which was integral in a 2017 Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. During a landmark case that was brought by a gay couple, the Court ruled any ban on such a union was discriminatory and violated human rights, so the couple were legally married a month later by the Registry General. That same year a new, considerably more conservative government was voted into power and with it came roll backs on marriage equality. A new law was passed effectively making same sex marriage illegal and the fight for LGBTQ rights in Bermuda continues to this day. That said, it’s unlikely gay travelers will encounter any overt discrimination, but public signs of affection will definitely turn heads in this über-conservative country.
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