Bahamas Gay Pride Event Canceled Following Death Threats

The first gay pride event in the Bahamas has been cut short after one of the event’s organizers received death threats on his Facebook page

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The first gay pride event in the Bahamas has been cut short after one of the event’s organizers received death threats on his Facebook page, reports the Nassau Guardian

The Bahamas Pride Weekend, which started last Thursday and was set to run until Monday, was “designed to inspire, educate and celebrate the diverse Bahamian LGBT community.”

However, organizer Victor Rollins said he received the threats after he posted pictures of attendees holding pride flags along with Bahamian flags.

Rollins also said that only 11 people other than the event organizers showed, all of whom were foreigners.

He also indicated that local talk shows were particularly vocal in their opposition to the event. Many claimed that God would judge the Bahamas for allowing a gay pride event to take place.

According to The Bahama Journal, Dr. Myles Munroe, President of The Bahamas Faith Ministries International, said the fact that the LGBT community were officially given permission to host the event was “nothing more than a ‘celebration of insanity.’”

In a press statement, Munroe said gay people are blind to the fact that they are contributing to extinction of the human race:

“I am not sure what their mission or goals are in this effort but obvious they have received enough incentive and motivation to attempt something that 90 per cent of The Bahamas and Bahamians consider unacceptable and violates their collective convictions, moral standing and values.

“Perhaps it may be helpful to first ask a simple yet profound question; “Is it civil, right, reasonable, logical, sane to promote a cause, lifestyle or practice of a behavior that could in its ultimate conclusion cause the extinction of the human race. It is insanity to demand the ‘celebration’ of your own extinction.”

Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in the Bahamas.

Comments

  1. says

    in many cases, death threats are usually BS. if they want to kill you, they’ll kill you. if they want to scare you into hiding, they’ll threaten to kill you. the threat is like a heckler, or an internet troll – they have no power, they have no voice, they simply want to rob you of YOURS.

    my heart breaks for these folks who are still struggling to come out and celebrate themselves while their governments sit back and allow and promote persecution and bigotry.

  2. ToThePoint says

    “behavior that could in its ultimate conclusion cause the extinction”?????????????? WHAT???????????? So if gays (5% of population tops) are accepted then the other 95% of the population is going to turn gay and stop making babies? This is and has been the LAMEST argument that any human-being has presented to discriminate against anybody. H*ll, even some of the 5% of the gay community are making babies, so this is just completely stupid and smacks of ignorance and POOR, POOR, POOR education standards that these all-but third world countries demonstrate. Ridiculous arguments are rooted in ignorance and shows the complete lack of a viable opposing view-point to being caring and inclusive.

  3. Rowan says

    LKiwi, erm, death threats mean death threats in the 3rd world.

    All your liberal rantings via the gay activism school of obsessive tendencies, will not work with this lot. Sorry.

    All that energy that you use to pick on other gay men who don’t agree with you, would be much appreciated helping gay men who actually could do you with your relentless bullish attitude.

    Just saying.

  4. says

    “Rowan” – you’re talking about me, not the subject. Must be a day ending in “Y”.

    Those who actually want to kill – KILL. They don’t threaten/warn that they’re going to kill. They do it. They want the opportunity to do it. Threats are a tactic to keep people voiceless.

    Would there have been violence? No doubt. But that’s what Strength In Numbers is all about. my relentless bullish attitude is merely the spine you’ll never know.

  5. Derrick from Philly says

    ROWAN,

    please let us know if the Princess of Darkness of Towleroad is using your posting name. That b1tch will use anybody’s name.

    Look at that last posting by his alias “Enchantra”. I’m so sick of her.

  6. JJ says

    Sounds like the organizer canceled because he didn’t draw the people who needed this event. Were the dozen who came looking for a tropical paradise abounding with willing beefcake, as the poster suggests? That’s just lousy marketing if what the locals want is an event that builds fellowship and political influence.

  7. edude says

    In this case such threats have to be taken seriously. The killing of numerous gay males in the Bahamas on the basis of their sexual orientation is well documented reality. A quick perusal of the following should give an idea of the climate there:

    http://bahamianglad.tripod.com/

    Not to mention the British cabinet minister’s son who was brutally killed in Grand Bahama in 1996 when thugs came across him in the bushes with his male friend:

    http://www.thefreelibrary.com/SCOT'S+KILLER+TO+HANG%3b+Final+appeal+fails.-a060757519

    Change cannot come soon enough to places like this.

  8. ToThePoint says

    @JJ. I fully agree. Gay pride should not be about marketing “beefcake”. It should be about promoting life equalities and showing we are normal because I can assure anyone that the non-beefcakes way out-number the beefcakes. This marketing tact turns off the straights and a significant number of gays because it ONLY promotes the sexual aspect of our existence which makes the very people we are trying to win over even more resistant to acceptance. To most, the physical aspect of sex is a very minor part of anyone’s relationship. After all, sex lasts on average about 6 to 8 minutes out of 24 hours.

  9. Putney says

    I spent 3 months in Nassau in the mid 1970’s. There was at that time a fairly vibrant underground community of both Bahamians and ex-pats. I wonder what happened to them all.

    The closet and fear is unfortunately still alive in the Bahamas.

  10. Jerry 6 says

    Doesn’t Mr. Monroe realize that single gay people do not adopt orphans to bring them up and give them good educations so they can get decent jobs; Marry; and have children of their own? “Married” Gay couples do.

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