This weekend, the “Bahamas Pride Freedom Weekend” was scheduled to take place at a resort on Grand Bahama.

Beginning last Friday, the four-day festival was intended to celebrate and strengthen support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community in the Bahamas.

According to the Tribune newspaper, the event was organized to "underscore the critical need for outreach and empowerment" within the LGBT community. The event’s organizer, Victor Rollins, says that the LGBT community is often "stigmatised, manipulated or exploited."

This weekend was designed to feature a variety of parties and festivities, as well as a memorial to Bahamas LGBT remember LGBT individuals who were victims of hate crimes or HIV. The events were scheduled to take place at the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort.

But the Nassau Guardian reports that the festivities and memorial were canceled "out of fear" of violence from "irate" members of the public. The organizer Mr. Rollins reportedly received death threats. The newspaper also reported that local talk shows included vitriolic comments by those Bahamians who wished the LGBT community harm and suggested that God would condemn the LGBT members. 

A religious leader, Dr Myles Munroe, of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International, added fuel to the anti-LGBT sentiment. He has made numerous public denouncements of homosexuality. After learning of the LGBT events, he issued a press statement that homosexuality dismantles "the very core of the natural existence of humanity.”

According to the Tribune, Dr. Munroe claims that "90 per cent of the Bahamas and Bahamians consider (homosexuality) unacceptable and violates their collective convictions, moral standing and values." He characterized gay and lesbian men and women as "selfish," possessing "unnatural preferences," and engaging in "unnatural human-destroying behaviour."

You can read a letter to the editor of the Tribune entitled the Homosexual And Bisexual Plague to understand this view of the LGBT community in the Bahamas.  Or you can read this Bahamian minister’s view on his Facebook page – "the Bahamas has to be careful that we don’t inherit a reputation as a ‘Gay Destination.’"

Frommer’s says that the Bahamas is "increasingly gay-friendly," but "single gays and gay couples should still travel with discretion."

Some say that over 10% of cruisers are affiliated with the LGBT community. But whatever the number may be, why would anyone chose to cruise to such a hateful place?  

 

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Photo Credit: The Tribune.

  • William

    Too bad they don’t feel the same way about the gangs and criminal element in the Bahamas.

  • Cappy P.

    Bahamians are the most hypocritical people I know. Millionaire known pedophile pastors who use the name of God for their own gain condoling violence against the LGBT community . Men who rape their own mothers, sisters, aunts, and brothers than talk about how religious they are. Children who torture and hang helpless homeless animals for enjoyment. I lived in Nassau for over 23 years and this is what I saw, heard and read. I’m not gay, but I live and let live, who am I to judge? Who the hell do these Bahamians think they are judging other people when they themselves are worst than most humans. Their hatred is ringing around the world, and now the world is on to them and their evil ways. But don’t take my word for it, read it yourselves in any Bahamian newspaper. Here one of them for you to read and see for yourself (http://www.thenassauguardian.com) Thank you so much Mr. Jim Walker, you do God’s work.

  • Eddington Grasmere

    Bahamians are extremely mixed up when it comes to sexual proclivities. The fact is that there are proportionately more gays and bisexuals in the Bahamas than anywhere else.
    Many of the serial skirt-chasers in the Bahamas are, in truth, bisexuals trying to camouflage their natural inclinations. A few years ago, half the male members of the Bahamas parliament were gay or bisexual. The ruling PLP movement is riddled with them.
    The vociferous anti-gay lobby protesteth far too much. Many of them are afraid to confront their own inner reality.
    There is a very good reason for the predominance of gays. The Bahamas has traditionally been a matriarchal society, with strong women, weak men.
    Feckless fathers leave their women to run their families while they’re out clubbing and “sweet hearting’. Sons are therefore reared in female-dominated environments, becoming highly feminised in the process.
    The subject is investigated in a book called Long Hot Summer by a former Nassau journalist (John Marquis). He claims there is a powerful underground gay community in the Bahamas that reaches into every area of the establishment – church, law, police, defence force, and even the media.
    The ‘down low’ culture is entrenched in Bahamian society, with many apparently straight men – often married fathers – involved in secret homo relationships.

  • mc

    Its amazing how people look at our bahamian people when the parts of the world where there from is having the same problem or even worst.Growing up in a christian nation we should not allow such things to be happening and that’s where we go wrong as bahamians allow anything to just grow in our culture its about time we take a stand.

  • “CM”

    MC, if we’re such a “Christian Nation” why is there a bar and numbers house right next door to every church in Nassau? Do you think I don’t see, read and watch the same news you do? You and I are sinners, get it, read it, it’s in the Bible, only Christ is without sin. If you think just because we’re Christian it gives us the right to treat others that may not be like us, poorly, than you have no idea what your reading. A great day in Heaven it will be when the real judge, judge’s those who are sinners, but think they can judge others; what do you think MC?

  • lt

    Sorry about the fuss. I live here, just down the road from the resort. Didn’t give a damn about it, except for always good to have tourists on the island. No one I talked to was all the worked up about it. Just a few loud mouths. Myles Munroe does not speak for Bahamians and reveals himself more and more to be one of those money grabbing TV evangelists. Yes, the Bahamas has some real mixed messages about morals and sure shouldn’t be throwing any stones in this f-ed glass house we call a country. I think many people just weren’t that bothered. Again, sorry your event got messed up. We have some very friendly people and awesome beaches so I hope some of you come here some time in the future.

  • Mr. Cooper

    How would I be treated traveling to the Bahamas as a heterosexual, but with a woman who is 20 years older than me??

  • Leonard Badia

    Mr. Cooper I guess you’ll have to take a chance and find out for yourself. But reading all these comments which have made me aware that this might not be the vacation spot my family and I are search for. And just finished doing my research on the net, and reading all the Bahamian newspapers available online. Seeing and reading of all the problems that are taking place there right now. We’re going to save a little more money and go to a safer place, like Grand Cayman or Bonaire. Good luck Mr. Cooper, and stay safe. This is a great site, I’m going to recommend it to all my traveling friends that we’ve met through out the years of traveling;-)

  • red

    This just doesnt seem to amaze me anymore. We as Bahamians are soo hypocritical (yes im referring to myself also). We tend to worry about things that isnt the real issue at hand. We are having senseless violence happening almost every 2 hours, but we’re here worrying about the gays and lesbians who isnt doin any crime or killing? Yes we are a “christian nation” and I do use that term loosely but is homosexuality the only sin in the bible? Receiving a B in my religious BGCSE. I most believe that there is no sin greater then the other with the exception of suicide. So where are the posts about the married men and women goin to these same hotels and committing adultry? Where are the post about some of our parents having us out of wedlock? Where are our post about the pastors stealing from the church goers? I reiterate WE WORRY ABOUT THE WRONG THINGS.

  • ck

    Just like every other place you go, not everyone feels the same way about gay’s and what-not.But you all can’t talk for every bahamian. Im a bahamian & have no problem with them at all.

  • ken

    why do people feel that we as Bahamians in the Bahamas has to accept homosexuality and what ever else as a life style in the Bahamas..we live here,and we have a choice to decide what we want for our kids our future generations…if you are gay or lesbian its ok and safe for you to travel to the Bahamas but don’t come with an agenda to try and makes us change our beliefs..everybody beliefs is different..respect ours and we will respect yours..if you want to talk about violence against gays ..go to Uganda and try to have a gay pride week there and see what happens…we prefer to keep whats left of our Christian Nation then to bow to the un-natural life style of you people.

  • Roberto Rodrigues

    Hello good day, I am Brazilian, I think God does not judge anyone
    religion prevents a lot and puts words in the mouth of God, saying that God condemns the this or that. Bahamas is a tourist island will source local income are cruise ships and large Resort then will lose their source of income I’m not against any religion, but you have to see the future of the island.

  • I just would like to make one correction the Bahamas Pride “Freedom Weekend” Event did happen this weekend past, But it was cut short(Friday to Sunday) , and no Bahamian Local LGBTIQ Attended but it did happen will 11 persons in Attendance.

    Thank you
    Victor Rollins

  • ACJ

    How can a press release that came after the event was scheduled to start cause persons to not show at the event or cancelled.

    It makes no logical sense, and seems as a convenient excuse to justify its failure to attract the LGBTI Community.

    Imagine I say that I planned a picnic on for Saturday at Noon. No one shows up and it begins to rain at 1PM. I issue a press release that no one showed up because of the rain.

    We need to honest in our dialogue and keep in context the actual events.

    This event was being planned and promoted globally for months and there was no input from the Christian community until asked on the day of the event and carried in the media the day after the event was to have started.

    I know I was born at night, not last night.

    I think until the small group in the LGBTI community that hides and throw stones stand on their principles and show that there is more than 1 of them, the other 400K will never see the need to have the conversation.

    You can’t claim to be gay and proud in your mind but deny it in public and then come screaming you are hetrosexual and want others to have the same rights you have but can’t point to who the others are.

  • RMP

    It’s unfortunate that problems exist throughout our region, but I would like to make a point. Crime is everywhere in the world. As far as one country being “safer” than another is a matter of personal prospective and experience. Personally, I was robbed in 3 of the so called “safer” caribbean countries. 1 at knife point and 2 at gun point. However I’ve since been back to all of those countries and enjoyed myself.

    Every day we hear reports of injustices and horrible crimes happening in The United States (and Canada by the way), yet millions of people flock there every year.

    Please do not allow false information, sensationalized by different media outlets, to cloud your judgment. We are all smart people. Where ever you are from in the world there are good and bad areas, and just like you recognize the signs of a area is bad in your neighborhood, allow that same common sense to guide you when you travel abroad.

  • Don

    This is the second incident for the week that someone in The Bahamas for their own agenda has sought to malign Bahamians. I live in Freeport and the conference was posted in an online news feed. I have not heard anyone mentioned anything about it. In fact some did not know it was taking place. To call Bahamians names because of some unfounded cause is distasteful and malicious. Worst still to propagate erroneous claims and internationally is tantamount to treason. You cannot love your country when you seek to destroy it by unfounded claims. Sadly the newspaper in Nassau carrie the story without even getting at least a statement from police or any others in Freeport. freeport is quite unique and to further destroy its economy is criminal by the person who first published and those who carried the news. Carnival pride comes every Friday. To my knowledge, I have heard of no incident. Bahamians stop allowing personal politics and petty differences to divide us. Look at who is directing the course of events and see if they have your best interest at heart. Consider some very real facts. More than 70% of our revenue comes from Tourism. This means that should you for any selfish reason destroy any sector of tourism you are destroying your own country. You might as well join the young men who are now having difficulty settling their differences by destroying each other. someone who writes unfairly about the Bahamas or tries to damage our reputation because they want us to change who were are as a people is not a friend. We should not treat them as such. We should pray for them as an enemy. We are a Christian nation regardless of the fact that we sin. That is the field for conversion and redemption. We know right from wrong and we believe that no law can change that. we have had our problems with racial discrimination and continue to have them but we have never en mass sought to disparage anyone in this country since independence. God Bless The Bahamas. All are welcome as long as they are willing to abide by our laws and culture.

  • LBC

    Why don’t they try cruising to Jamaica or Cuba and see what happens. The devil has designed homosexuality as a weapon to wipe out the human race. Two persons of the same sex CAN NOT by any means reproduce, therefore, how can this be a natural behavior. I am one more Bahamian that is against it and I feel that it should remain a taboo in our country.

  • Shan

    read Dr. Munroe’s statement and it was on point, contrary to reports there was nothing citing violence against anyone in that article. I don’t care who sleeps with whom. Your sexual preference is not my business it belongs in the bedroom. But to characterize Bahamians as evil, homophobic because we disagree with your point of view is ridiculous. We have a right to our opinion. I personally don’t want anyone shoving their sexuality in my face. When I introduce myself I don’t say oh I heterosexual that’s nobody’s business. Homosexuality is a choice. You want your point of view accepted without comment but you do not afford the same right to those who disagree.
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  • M

    I was born and raised in The Bahamas and recently moved back here, in fact , I live in Freeport, where the conference was due to take place. When I heard about the conference (about a week before it was due to take place) I was so happy and proud and immediately went to the website and emailed the promoters in support.
    Honestly, I will say that, due to the influence of the church, the Bahamas is not the most gay-friendly location…but it also isn’t the most homophobic. The fact is, you find people everywhere with this view point, and I am happy to report that, in my years, we have gone from a place where homophobia was the vast majority view point, to now, where it is a much more open and gay-friendly place, and the younger generation is far more accepting. We are not so progressed yet where gay marriage is an option, as has occured in more “developed” countries like the U.S., Canda, the U.K etc. But, progress is often slower in smaller countries. Like many countries, lesbians have a far easier time than gay men. But it isn’t as bad as the article or this commentator would have it appear. And I have many friends who live openly gay lives in the bahamas. No it isn’t easy. But they also aren’t fearing for their lives every day.

    But I also would say to those who feel the need to respond to ignorance with ignorance (ie. “too bad they don’t feel the same about gangs and the criminal element in the bahamas”…and for the record…we don’t really have gangs, lol and we fight crime just as much as other countries and in fact have numerous treaties with the U.S., our closest neighbor, to accomplish this), it’s not really fair to bash a whole country for the ignorance of some, especially when you consider that no country right now can say they don’t have any issues with homophobia. We are all trying to work for a more understanding, loving and non-judgmental world, and some of us have made a few more steps than others. As is common, places with stronger religious influences tend to have a harder time breaking the homophobic tradition. That’s all it really is. And your country bashing is really no better than their ignorant gay bashing.

  • Shaunna M. Kemp Burrows

    As a proud born and bred Grand Bahamian, I feel that anyone that would judge this quaint little island, or any other place in the world, for that matter, simply on the merits of an article or release by one person or one source, on one VERY specific issue should do further research before jumping to conclusions.
    I have travelled to Mexico, Great Britain, and numerous cities throughout the United States. All with beautiful cities and towns that are tourist destinations. All with governments, religion, cultures, beliefs, and, of course, crime. All whom have citizens, be it a small or great number, that depend on tourism to make a living.
    The entire BAHAMAS depends on tourism VERY heavily. Which is why I need to defend my nation.
    It is a fact of life that you have the same TYPES of people EVERYWHERE you go in the world. No matter how you put it. It is fact. Hypocrites, Extremists, Racists, Bigots. Persons that commit the unthinkable of crimes, or make the most demoralizing statements towards a specific group of people.
    THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!!!
    I am of the belief that God gave us FREE WILL.
    Free will to act and behave in whatever manner we choose.
    Free will to love and be loved by whom ever we choose.
    Free will do heal. Free will to harm.
    Individuals make a choice to be judgemental, crass, or ignorant. Others make a choice to be unbiased, polite, or well-informed.
    I believe that homosexuality is wrong, and most of my countrymen and women agree with me. My opinion, however, is based on human biology. There is no possible NATURAL reproducivity as a result of homosexual relations. No religion needed. No morality.
    I see every living being that is a HOMO SAPIEN is my sister or my brother, and deserve to accepted as fellow human beings, nothing less.
    My GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND is filled with people that love people.
    If you come to the BAHAMAS in order to press an agenda forward, you may not get the most polite reactions. But if you come as a person or as a couple, just to enjoy yourselves, you will do just that. No issue.

  • Jimmy HBI

    There you have it! The ideal for some is that we should all have mutuality of respect for people and their preferences no matter what they are. For those who have Christian values, they should be respected for their standards and high morals as it follows the precepts found in the Bible. For those that are Homosexuals, they should have the respected freedom to live and express themselves for the lifestyle that they have chosen. It seems that Homosexuality is not the preferred practice or WAY OF LIFE for the Bahamas, because they are Christians. So when traveling to the Bahamas why not just show some respect for the values of the land as a visitor, and make haste to return home or the destination of homosexuality. And when Christians visit Gay Destinations, show the same level of respect for the norms that those destinations have. Now here is the key, if you cannot respect the practices of those persons where you visit, then maybe you should just stay away. HBI!

  • bahamas

    ALL OF THESE COMMENTS BY LGBT PEOPLE IS FINE WITH US IN THE BAHAMAS CAUSE WE DO NOT WANT YOU HERE, DON’T COME, DO VISIT, DON’T CALL TAKE YOUR EVIL MONEY AND GO ELSEWHERE AND RUIN THERE COUNTRY

  • Wendy

    Holy crap! I’m not gay, I could care less about the LGBT and what they do, their not bothering me. But I tell you, I do feel the hatred coming from these Bahamians making comments, so much, that I’ve been doing more research on them and their country. And this is what I think. A Christian nation you are not at all, just a nation full of false Christians. If you were, your youth would not be killing each other every day at the ages I have read about. Your country is so messed up in so may ways, that when asked of young Bahamian students as old as 6 what they want to be when they grow up, they answered, “Drug dealers”, Wow! This is the evidence of parents not giving a damn about their children and their future. So don’t even tell me I’m bullshitting, I’ve read it in your own newspapers. My advise to anyone reading this, a hateful place like this will hurt only if you just avoid it all together. Do exactly what some of these hateful Bahamians have commented, “We don’t want you here, just don’t come”.

  • Safest Destination

    Anyone who is looking for a safe place to vacation you can come to the Turks & Caicocs Islands where there is really no crime. Google the country to read about it.

  • Sweetlips

    I am a Bahamian, and I am also a lesbian. So many homophobic people live in The Bahamas, i wish I wasn’t born here. I really don’t care if people are homophobic. Thats their rights, however in The Bahamas when the homophobic’s are out and about all gays and lesbians better sit small or be in fear of their life….It’s really bad over here for gay people thats want to come out of the closet and live peaceful lives. I hope the US CUT ALL TIES FROM THIS HOMOPHOBIC COUNTRY!!!

  • Jackie Ovalmann

    What do you expect from a country who worships a voodoo age god. Most Bahamians don’t even know how to read, I have a golden retriever who is smarter than most of them. This countries economy is hurting so bad from the drug war murders going on right now, and with a VAT tax on top of taxes soon to come, they continue to rot away their tourism with hatred. I agree with “Wendy”, avoid this trash can of a country, and soon they’ve have to eat rats to survive.

  • gigi

    TO ALL OF THE LIBERAL THINKING PERSONS; TRYING TO SUBJECT YOUR SELF CENTERED, SELF-SERVING VIEWS ON EVERYONE AROUND YOU TO CONTAMINATION AND BLACKMAIL OF A NATION AND ITS PEOPLE,THEIR INNOCENCE, PURITY, CHASTITY AND MORALITY, PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE BAHAMAS IS A CONSERVATIVE NATION; PLEASE TRY TO IMPOSE YOUR VIEW OR TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH OPENLY GAY ACTIONS, PLEASE TELL ME THE RESULTS; WE ALL KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN, I BEG YOU TO GO THERE ALL OF YOU AND TRY TO DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO HERE IN THE BAHAMAS; THIS MY FRIENDS IS THE HYPOCRISY AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL; WHY IS IT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE OPERATE UNDER CERTAIN VALUES ETC AND SIMPLY RESPECT OUR VALUES,OUR PEOPLE, OUR LAWS! OUR GENERAL VIEW IS THAT WHILE WE HAVE NO ISSUES WITH PERSONS VISITING, WE WILL NOT ENDORSE OPEN ACTIVITY OF GAY ACTIONS, THIS IS SIMPLE, JUST RESPECT OUR VALUES AND VIEW; WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE AN OPEN SHOW THAT YOU A GAY MAN GOING AGAINST THE BODYS NATURAL USE AND PROCEED TO FLAUNT THIS IN THE FACE OF BAHAMIANS TO OFFEND, KNOWING WHAT OUR VALUES ARE ABOUT, ITS SELF CENTERED; WHY CAN’T YOU JUST COME AND ENJOY OUR BEAUTIFUL WATERS, PINK SAND AND SELF TANNING SUN, OUR SMILING FRIENDLY PEOPLE; OUR NIGHT LIFE AND LANDSCAPE, SERENITY AND CLEAN AIR WITHOUT IMPALING THE BACKSIDES OF OUR PEOPLE ALSO TO OFFEND; THE REASON WE ARE BLESSED WITH LANDSCAPED BEAUTY IS THESE VERY CORE VALUES THAT THE MAJORITY OF US STRIVE TO UPHOLD, OUR BELIEF IS IN JEHOVAH GOD, HE IS THE GOD OF THE BAHAMAS, MANY PERSONS IN YOUR COMMUNITY DO NOT BELIEVE IN HIM, WE DO UNDERSTAND??? WE DO, SIMPLE! HE TELLS US THAT THIS IS AN ABOMINATION TO HIM, UNDERSTAND? AND YES THE OTHER SINS YOU FOLKS LIKE TO THROW IN THE FACE OF JUDGEMENTAL BAHAMIAN CHRISTIANS ARE ALL WRONG, AND ALSO NOT CONDONED BY HIM, BUT HELL WILL FREEZE OVER IF WE PERMIT A VIOLATION OF OUR VIEWS OPENLY TO OFFEND OUR GOD AND BELIEVE YOU AND YOUR WAYS OVER HIS, AND HAVE YOU WONDERED WHY THIS CRUISE WASN’T GOING TO A NATION IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES, TRY IRAQ, WHILE YOU ARE AT IT; WE WELCOME ALL TO OUR COUNTRY AND TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR GOD, THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD. THIS PROBLEM ONLY EXIST BECAUSE OF SEXUAL PERVERSION SIMPLE, IF YOU ARE A PART OF IT, YOU ARE PERVERTED, THAT WE CAN LIVE WITHOUT…I GUESS NEXT ON THE AGENDA IS THAT WE WILL BE TOLD THAT WE HAVE TO BLEACH THE SKIN OF OUR PEOPLE TO ACCOMMODATE BIGOTED RACIST TOURIST, NOW YOU SEE HOW PATHETICALLY RIDICULOUS YOUR VANTAGE POINT IS RIGHT? THATS ALL FOLKS; I’M A PROUD BAHAMIAN

  • Stir Fry

    Ding! Thank you, LBC.

    “The devil has designed homosexuality as a weapon to wipe out the human race. Two persons of the same sex CAN NOT by any means reproduce…”

    We have been saying this for years. The problem is that these “couples” want other peoples children a la “Child Protective Services” and are getting them. How awful.

  • Stir Fry

    gigi…thank you….well said.

  • Dana
  • N.Y. Times

    What about lying, cheating on your wife or husband, stealing, robbing, and murder, did the Devil design those sins too? Or selling drugs, gambling, fraud, how about those, did the Devil design those? How about child abuse, animal abuse, rape of family member’s, what about those? You hypocrites like to talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk, thinking that the rest of us are easily fooled by your sharp tongues. I would bet most Bahamians commit those sins everyday of their lives, and pick on other sinners to make themselves feel like Christians. But you know what’s great about God, you bastards will never be able to fool him. I use the word BASTARDS, because most Bahamians don’t even know who their fathers are, 80% born out of wedlock. Oh, there’s another sin the Devil designed, that’s a real popular one with Bahamians. I visited your country last year, nice beaches, but I saw a lot of trash on them, everyone was either drunk or stoned everywhere we went. Loud rap music promoting the Devil’s work, fueled by alcohol and drugs made the people’s attitude an unwelcomed one. You know what, keep your so called PARADISE, there are better places, cheaper, cleaner, and friendlier than the Bahamas. I’ll even do your country a favor by writing an article, “Oh, I forgot to tell you, I work for an American newspaper”. I’ll make sure I pass YOUR own words to others, “Don’t come here, don’t visit us here, don’t call here, I’ll make sure 350,000,000 Americans hear your message. By the way, I’m not even gay, but I have gay friends and they have more love and class than most Bahamians could ever image. “It’s better in the Bahamas”, only a sinful place could think up such a lie with all the killing going on there.

  • God’s people?

    Here’s what Paradise looks like, go visit. Read their headlines, this is what happens almost everyday in a so called Christian Nation. Lord, I would hate to see a non-Christian Nation then.(http://www.tribune242.com)(http://www.bahamaspress.com)(http://jonesbahamas.com)(http://www.thenassauguardian.com)

  • joshua

    TO all people against gays in the Bahamas the world is laughing at you how dare u ppl sit there and claim to be a christian nation first of all every doctor and scientist around the world discredits ur notions of the lGBTQ thing being a choice or evil that’s been proven wrong A LONG TIME AGO like even before any of you were born second the world is laughing at your ignorance u can sit there and scream all u want but ur only driving ur main income away ur country has the highest rates of crime in the world and ur poverty matches that level too u are as equally horrid as africa just remember that oh and btw there is no god and ur all delusional crazy and worst of all the pure human form of evil and proof of how religion can ruin the mind and a country

  • God?

    Joshua, what a great name my brother, you are named after a prophet in the Bible. Please my brother don’t let hatred from people like these make you think there is no God. I can’t tell you with all my heart he is real and so is Satan. I was a member of a powerful Sicilian family in NYC at the age of 24, and I’ve been on both sides of good and evil, misguided by those around me and their wealth. As Christ as my witness I saw the face of the Fallen angel, beautiful and his face shined like the light of God. He almost convinced me to do a horrific act upon the innocent in the name of the family. But I fell to my knees and asked for some type of sign for me to change the life I was living. As I prayed to a God who I’ve never known, I blacked out for no reason, when I awoke, still on my back on the ground, two nuns were stand over me. I said” What happened to me”, they said, ” A baseball came out of no where and knocked you out”. I said,” Where is their a game going on, I don’t see a field anywhere”? They said, “No, there is no game or field, it came straight out of nowhere”. At hearing this I was shaking with fear, I realized this was my sign. I moved as far as I could from NYC, and live a happy life now. Joshua, there is a God, and he loves you even if you maybe gay, Christ is the only man that has ever walked the Earth without sin. NO one, and I mean NO ONE Joshua, can predict how God will judge us. Those who think they can will be the first to be judged. In the Bible the apostles asked Jesus what will happen to Judas for committing suicide, he answered, ” What is it to you, if I make him wait until the end of the World”? Meaning, I am the judge of the World, stay out of my business. God bless you Joshua my brother. Christian Nation, mind your own business and treat your neighbors with love and respect, and let God do his job.

  • Upton Elliott

    Every debate in the Bahamas gets bogged down in religious nonsense. God this, God that, Jesus this, Jesus that…
    It’s hard to get any sense out of these bible-thumpers and God botherers. I’d like to know why, with so many pious and supposedly devout people, Nassau is now seen as one of the most lawless, amoral societies in the western world.
    Half the pastors are humping half the congregation, under-aged girls and all. And that’s only the heteros among them. Lordy knows what the fruits get up to…

  • kevin wison

    if god hated gays he wouldnt have made them gays are born that way non off gods creations are horrible god made gays because he wanted to so dont hurt or discriminate them that means all homophobic bahamains who hate gays are hating what god made he loves everyone nomatter what you are because he made u. the bahamas is a beautiful country we are very young were still learning,and im a bahamian who live in nassau yes we have lots of crime but it is not always bahamians 50 percent of or population is haitions from haite who are doing crimes and yes most of our adults are homophobic hipocrite basterds but the youth are following them but 60 percent is ok wih lgbt and are lgbt but cant fix our idoitic parents disisions we just hoping someone make them se there wrongs before they completly distroy our country from there drug homophobic false-christion oppinions a real christian would know god made everyone the way they are lgbt or not god loves u and most young gang crimes are because of politions and some parents and i am hurt that this is how our country is and how other nations think of us many bahamain teens and children indead can read and are equaly smart as others from usa,canida,united kingdom,etc.for one im a bahamian teen and do i sound stupid or hiporcritical or even homiphobic. i for one wish i had power to make our countrys leaders and parents understand there problems and where they are wrong but because of them our country is to scared to speak up.

  • laquan

    for all christians in the bahamas your suppose to follow gods word and love his creations well your wrong for hating gays because one god made them and two god loves everyone nomatter what. and im hurt about the coments about the bahamas,yes there is lots of hipocits and homophobic people here but it is not everyone its only the polititions and parents and adults who treatens any one who try to correct them that is way no that much people came to the pride event they did not want to be hurt or targeted by the people with political power and im speaking for the hold nassau when i say about 60 percent of us would have gone if it wasnt for the the other 40 percent.also it isnt always bahamas who did crimes in bahamas it is the illegal imagrants haitions they are causing crimes and our police does nothing about it such as like last year when a haition burn the bahamian flag in nassau the police did nothing it is our government and adults who are wrong.also bahamians are not stupid or cant read ,we can read and speak english.take me for example do i sound like an idiot.or what about our advertisments for resorts and events.also i would like to apoligise for the poor behaver our homophobic fake christians show yes i said fake christians because a real christian would welcome gods creations for example lgbt people and i would like to apoligise for any trash you have seen or any horrible rape music im bahamian and live in nassau and i can name over 2000 non rape songs my comunity and i listens too from arists like taylor swift to one republic and etc. hopfully in the future our country can uderstand lgbt rights and im straight so no every one of us are homiphobes like our leaders or parents