In late August, the tropical nation of Bermuda celebrated its first-ever Pride weekend. With a theme of “We Belong,” the weekend coincided with the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Stubbs Bill, wherein homosexuality was partially decriminalized in the territory. After years of wavering progress on LGBTQ+ equality, Bermuda’s community was ready to honor its resilience and power.
More than 6,000 people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and identities attended the march, donning rainbow-colored everything. Many of the attendees stepped into bravery on that day not sure how their demonstration would be received. Still, amid the bright sun, cheerful smiles, and a special drag performance by "The Queen of Bermuda" Sybil Barrington — the atmosphere was vivacious and joyful.
We journeyed to paradise with rockstar photographer Quil Lemons to document the historic occasion and some of its most powerful moments.