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Gay Guide Bermuda
The legislative body of the Bermuda Islands had already decided in 1994 to legalise sex between men aged 18 and over. Previously, both homosexual and heterosexual anal and oral sex were punishable by up to ten years of imprisonment. Nevertheless, the government was alarmed by negative evaluations in a gay travel guide, which attested the islands a strongly negative attitude towards homosexuals. The Ministry of Tourism responded immediately to the criticism and contacted both the guide and the gay and lesbian organization. The ministry feared that such advice could lead those interested in travelling to Bermuda to reconsider. In 2013, parliament passed an anti-discrimination law making discrimination based on sexual orientation punishable. In May 2017, Bermuda's Supreme Court ruled that marriage should be open to everyone - after which the government passed a law excluding same-sex marriage but allowing registered partnerships. In June 2018 the law was rejected by the Supreme Court and in November by the Court of Appeal. Since then marriage for all is officially introduced. While the local culture is considered conservative, the young islanders are increasingly open and tolerant - yet it is better to refrain from showing affection in public. There are some venues listed as gay-friendly in Bermuda all the same. The Bermuda Islands are not in the Caribbean. The British overseas territory is located in the West Atlantic, almost 600 nautical miles off the coast of North Carolina, USA. The archipelago consists of about 360 coral islands - only 20 of them are inhabited by humans. The islands are a paradise for divers and people who love untouched nature.
Cities in Bermuda
Location: Western Atlantic Ocean
International country code: 441 (no area codes)
International access code: 011
Language: English, Portuguese
Currency: Bermudian Dollar (BD$)
Religions: Christian (28% Anglican, 15% Roman Catholic)
Climate: Apr-Oct for best weather and warmest water, ideal for diving.