Disconnected from reality: Bermuda MP Leah Scott and minister of tourism, Jamahl Simmons were both in favor of reversing marriage equality and now want to attract more LGBT visitors. 

Bermuda has had a conversation in parliament about attracting more LGBT tourism. They are seemingly oblivious to the fact that the island has alienated LGBT people by reversing marriage equality. Quoting from Bernews:

The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda said they are “shocked at the contradictory comments made in the House of Assembly regarding attracting more LGBTQ tourism.…

Their comments follow after discussion of LGBTQ tourists in Parliament, with OBA Deputy Leader Leah Scott saying that while she is “not a supporter of same sex marriage” the “LGBTQ community spend money, and they spend big money.”

OBA stands for One Bermuda Alliance, a conservative political party. Ms. Scott is a proponent of discrimination but wants to attract our tourism dollars. Several crude two-word responses come to mind. Suffice it to say that those days of gay people spending “big money” in Bermuda are over. No self-respecting LGBT person will visit that island until it reinstates same-sex marriage.

Another genius weighs in:

Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Jamahl Simmons responded, saying that “when you compare Bermuda to many of the destinations in the Caribbean, Bermuda is far in advance of many of our competitors” and “the message that we will continue to push is that Bermuda is welcome to all.”

So gay people should spend money in Bermuda because it is not as bigoted as Jamaica?  And that makes sense to this person? The Mexican Caribbean, by the way, is quite welcoming. Cancun has much better weather and marriage equality. Cozumel too.

I have an idea for Leah and Jamahl. What you folks should do is consult with your de facto minister of tourism, Brian S. Brown of National Organization for Marriage. He took credit for the reversal of marriage equality. Seek a plan from him to replace the lost tourism revenues. Surely Brown has some good ideas.

In the same article an unidentified individual from the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda claimed that NOM pitted gays against blacks to achieve the reversal. Would NOM ever do such a thing?

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.