BERMUDA: Hotel Boots Heritage Foundation Forums

Saying that they reject his “anti-diversity” message, a major Bermuda hotel has canceled two planned speeches by the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson. According to the general manager of the Hamilton Princess, the events were booked “under a different guise” and would not have been approved had the hotel known of Anderson’s positions on LGBT rights. Gay Star News has a quote from the manager:

“Immediately upon learning of the nature of the meeting, we called the organisation to explain that our policy is one that celebrates diversity and that the hotel is not a venue for anti-diversity discussions. It is a standard hotel practice that upon making a reservation, groups disclose the nature of meetings that will take place on our premises. This meeting originally was reserved under a different guise and would never have been accepted if the group had disclosed its intentions at the time of the reservation. The Hamilton Princess does not accept any booking that promotes discrimination of any kind.”

Anderson’s speeches were sponsored by a local group called Preserve Marriage, who says they were never asked to disclose the subject of his speeches. Citing Britain’s Human Rights Act, which bans the denial of “goods and services” on the basis of religion, Preserve Marriage plans to take their complaint to the hotel’s “upper management.” Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory.

RELATED: On Thursday, Bermuda’s Supreme Court ruled that the foreign partners of gay Bermudians have the right to reside and seek employment. Bermuda presently does not recognize same-sex marriage. Bermuda’s government has requested a “parliamentary year” to comply.

  • Joe knows who I am.

    Ha ha!

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Why doesn’t this angry elf just have the meeting in his tree where he makes the cookies?

    • UrsusArctos

      Don’t go confusing elves and trolls, or you’ll be getting a lump of coal down your chimney instead of goodies.

      • RaygunsGoZap

        More of a gremlin – she ruins everything she touches. Poor Ryan

      • pj

        trolls are under the bridge. where they belong. no cookies.

        • Joseph Miceli

          I beg your pardon! My dearest troll, Trolita …a.k.a. Bill Perdue…may live under a bridge, but when she has her tea parties with Mr. Bear, I can assure you that cookies are present.

      • Mark

        I hear he is cursed to remain a troll until some brave soul gives him a good fuckin….. just saying…you know how those cursed witches can be!

        C’mon…somebody………anybody?????? Look at them ears! You know you can pull ’em!

        • scottrose

          xxxx

    • billbear1961

      lol

      Don’t eat the cookies, AB!

    • MattM

      That would explain why he has such easy access to discreet bushes. To, uh,, network in.

    • scottrose

      …..

  • oikos

    I wondered where the face on the milk carton had been?

    • Duh-David

      When the transgender go missing, do we put their faces on the side of cartons of half&half?

      • oikos

        Not touching that one.

      • Jeffrey

        Thats funny, but we’re not allowed to have a sense of humor anymore.

        • Duh-David

          If there’s anything I’ve learned from Donald Trump, it’s that being inappropriate will make me more popular.

          • ColdCountry

            Now THAT is even funnier!

          • Jeffrey

            on SOME subjects, yes

          • DannyEastVillage

            careful though: he’s already overplayed that card.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          The key element is whether you’re laughing at or with a group. Who’s laughing also counts. A presidential candidate poking at people with disabilities is worrisome. The half&half joke isn’t poking… it’s good-natured fun.

          • Jeffrey

            I would agree with you, but the PC crowd would not

          • SFHarry

            People who usually blame the PC crowd just want a free license to say really hateful things about people different from themselves. In order to get our increased rights and respect in society we have needed what you call the “PC crowd” to speak out when people have told horrible anti-LGBT jokes and stories. I guess you would characterize all those who have fought for our rights over the years as just a bunch of annoying members of the “PC crowd.”

          • Jeffrey

            This person who blames the PC crowd sees that that the people who are PC are usually trying to compensate for their lack of real ability to do anything worthwhile. Therefore sitting at home on a keyboard pounding out cute replies is all that they’ve got. Im not saying you’re one of those annoying assholes, but your comment does smack of that self righteous asshole tone. Congratulations.

          • Grumpy old Man

            Jeffrey, your response seems to carry its own self-righteous asshole tone. Using the term ‘PC’ seems to be your way of dismissing something you disagree with. It certainly is not a way to open dialogue.

          • SFHarry

            Is it possible you are projecting or do you not understand the premise behind what PC means? I’m not calling you an asshole like you called me, just a little dim.

          • Jeffrey

            I know exactly what PC started as and now I see what it has become. You may not understand because you are caught up in the nonsense. It is now nothing more than a punchline to refer to people who can’t take a joke. Its a way of identifying lazy slacktivists. That’s how most of the world sees it, even if you don’t inside your bubble. As an ivy league graduate, I would dare say that Im at least as bright as you are.

          • SFHarry

            What the term “PC” actually is used for now (rather than your definition of”identifying lazy slacktivists)” is a way to squelch the speech of people who don’t think mean spirited jokes are funny, don’t laugh at them and use their right to speak up against them. It is actually lazy people like you, rather than these slacktivists of whom you speak, who rather than defend why you think it is okay to make a joke about transgendered people you just call the offended party “PC” and that takes care of your defense.
            You do the same by invoking your ivy league education. Explaining why your post is intelligent would go a lot further with me than telling me where you went to school.

          • SFHarry

            It might be good natured if someone transgendered is saying it.
            It has to be the right place and time with the audience knowing the history of the joke teller. I don’t know Duh-David.

          • Trans me, saw it as a mean spirited poke.

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            I respect that, sweet biki. I guess it shows you can always teach an old dog like me new tricks.

          • It’s ok. What amazes me is how hard it is to root out biased and bigoted thoughts which have been filed under “humor”.

        • Mark

          I’ve never met a transperson who didn’t have a damned good sense of humor. They’ve heard it all – and can dish it right back out with their own signature on the better packaging.

          • Jeffrey

            The sense of humor of trans people has nothing to do with it.

          • scottrose

            Note that Ryan T. Anderson is a hideous trans-basher. He has published floods and floods of anti-trans hate on the Public Discourse blog that he edits. He’s also involved in editing Heritage’s Daily Signal (Daily Bigot would be more like it) where he also publishes floods of anti-trans hate and lies.

            He is a despicable anti-trans bigot who never once attempts to lead his bigot followers to any article that might convince them to want to develop a humane understanding of transgender people.

      • Mark

        Well that is all good and fine..but tell me what the fuck are we gonna do with all of those skim, whole, and 1% cartons??? Which reminds me of an old friend who would always say…” I never….in my hole….life.” Maybe just a nice, tight, closely shaved butt-whole?? 🙂

    • grada3784

      Shouldn’t Virgin be in quotes?

      • oikos

        Yes.

        • jake

          I’d always thought that he and Little Tommy Peters would get together. Then there was that Unfortunate Accident. It’s too bad.

          • scottrose

            ,,,,lllll

      • BlueberriesForMe

        Also, “expert” and “marriage”.

    • Bradford Kelly

      Completely agree

      Ryan gets to talk about Marriage when he has one.

      Until then STFU

      Oh – and he is so gay its scary

      • scottrose

        ..

  • Blake Jordan

    Bigots are such big fans of “The Equality Act” when they can abuse it, but as soon as it benefits the livelihood of LGBTs its “The Devil’s Law”…

    • ChrisMorley

      Britain’s Human Rights Act isn’t the law in Bermuda and even if it were the law there It won’t help the Bermudan group Preserve Marriage (sic) book a hotel conference room, because the law protects the Human Rights of individuals, not groups agitating to suppress peoples’ rights on the grounds of their religion.

  • SoCalVet

    If you ever go to Bermuda to thank them for being so civilized, don’t miss the 22 mile long biking/hiking trail that used to be a railway. Just miles and miles through towns, forests, beaches and neighborhoods. http://www.bermudarailway.net/index.html

    • RoFaWh

      Bermuda had a railway? Good lord!

      I’ve been watching a lot of “railfanning” videos lately and these days when you say “train”, I think “two hundred and fifty godolas filled with coal, moved by twelve locomotives.”

      Twelve? Yes, twelve. One video shows a BNSF freight train with six locomotives leading, four helpers about half way down the string of cars, and two helpers at the back end.

      Those curious are pointed to videos of trains navigating the Tehachapi Loop.

  • Gotta love the free market, RyRy. Maybe you can book your next extravaganza in a country that makes religion a priority, doesn’t support diversity of opinion and also supports homophobia. I hear the Vatican is still available: http://www.hotels.com/de1640201/hotels-vatican-city-vatican-city/

    You’re welcome.

    • Charliebkk

      I suggest the Motel 6 in Kampala.

    • Hue-Man

      Tehran seems more suitable – theocratic control of government, no dissent permitted, rabidly anti-gay even though everyone knows there are no homosexuals in Iran!

      http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotels-g293999-Tehran_Tehran_Province-Hotels.html

    • Zoey

      I was thinking Jamaica or Uganda. Just make sure not to vere off theuarded tou9-r3weo[0w3rqe[k

      • Zoey, I think your ‘shrooms kicked in at the worst possible moment.

        ;^)

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          Why 3#%$^ 0[eionf’]. You *$(kieopwh{} fioe iwy720&%. ☺

    • leo77

      Yes, but there are way too many homosexuals there!

  • Countdown till Anderson starts whining about his 1st Amendment rights being trampled. Because Murrcun Cepshunulizm.

    • billbear1961

      To which we reply that Bermuda is not governed by the U.S. Constitution.

      • David Walker

        Meh…details.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      A princess has been kicked out of the Princess Hotel. Someone is definitely not going to be living happily ever after.

      • scottrose

        vvvv

  • bryan

    And if closet case Anderson doesn’t want to be even more of a hypocrite..he should condemn the ‘Preserve Marriage’ group for telling lies about their nasty organisation and not just accepting that a business has a right to refuse service.

    • Hal Watts

      Christians don’t mind lying when they have to…

      • Furface

        Christians don’t mind lying when they have to….

        FIFY

  • LovesIrony

    Ryan, you’ll just have to suck Bermuda dick on the your own dime

    • scottrose

      xxxx

  • bkmn

    Progress in Bermuda. I wish Jamaica would learn from them.

  • Chris Deejay Smeejay Hodgson

    Back in the early 90’s I visited Bermuda, with my mother and my brother, and stayed at the Hamilton Princess. Eventually I became restless and on our last night there went down to the harbour to the only disco in town, where I spied a rather handsome young man. Sadly he disappeared and even more lonely, I left. To my surprise he was sitting on a bench alone, overlooking the harbour, silhouetted in the reflection of the moonlight upon the water’s surface. I joined him and to my delight, found him to be unguarded and charming. Accepting my invitation to walk back to the Princess with me we found a lawn chair, again with that moonlight in the harbour view, and as I sat back in the chair he came to sit in front of me so that we could spoon and hold each other. The spontaneity of his move, combined with his handsomeness and the feeling that it was all just so perfect, had me feeling as if I were in a dream. It could not have been any sweeter a scene, even if i had imagined it. Ah, young love. Until along came the sound of keys and in the moonlight and an approaching security guard making his midnight rounds of the grounds. A dark cloud was moving across the happy, sunny village. My heart sunk as I realized that would be the end of this idyllic moment, until as he passed he reached to his cap and quietly said, “Good Evening Gentleman.” and continued by us fading off into the night. I cannot tell you how many times I have told this story over the years, when discussing Bermuda. With the horror stories coming out of the Caribbean and their mistreatment of LGBT throughout my lifetime, this simply blew me away. Still not sure if it was a Hamilton Princess thing, or a Bermuda one, but it was certainly the first time with in my lifetime that I had felt my love and attractions to be equal and not something that would be cause for a negative reaction. Nice to see that that spirit of acceptance and diversity has only gotten stronger, over the decades.

    • Clive Johnson

      A wonderful story, thank you for sharing.

    • StraightGrandmother

      A wonderful wonderful story, many thanks for sharing it.

    • Zoey

      Bermuda seem to be a true garden of eden in their neighborhood. My question is why when they’re surrounded by cesspool hellholes like Jamaica.

      • rusty57

        Actually, Bermuda is several hundred miles roughly east of the North Carolina coast, a very long way from Jamaica.

        • Zoey

          Thanks for that. Explains why one’s a cleaned up popular tourist destination and the other is a third world dump.

          • cinesimonj

            No it doesn’t. What a fucking sociopath. You’e really this lazy and dismissive of human tragedy? If you need a simplistic explanation for Jamaica’s woes, try looking at the corrupt bully called America. It’s only a part of the explanation, but it’s clear you’re not interested in actually exploring such issues before passing judgement. Fucking gross.

          • Zoey

            Those poor good Christians and their voodoo. They’re only drug addicted and violent because of us. Yup. Everything is our fault and were just evil. Well, except when we’re helping them rebuild their country after say an earthquake. Then we good.

          • Grumpy old Man

            I think that Rastafarianism is far more popular than voodoo – it is Obeah on that island, voodoo in Haiti, and Ju-ju in your wonderful Bahamas, and has nothing to do dolls, zombies or Christianity. I like how you call it a 3rd world dump – the sort of dismissive attitude that seems sort of foul. I am not one to blame everything on the US but I think the words you type show you to be a lazy, dismissive sociopath. Especially when you use words like ‘drug addicted, violent, and hateful’ – that does not reflect well on you at all.

            What earthquake are we helping them rebuild from? Are you confusing them with Haiti?

          • Zoey

            You both can call me names and kiss my ass while you’re doing it. What I wrote was the truth. They’re a backwards culture of violence and drugs.

          • Grumpy old Man

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa0884d34933983295a188f7a5b70436879b4182740bf129bdc5312b28fbc48d.gif

            No, what you wrote is racist bullshite – which you seem to be documenting very well for us.

          • jake

            My husband grew up there. We visited in the early 80s and I found the island to be breathtakingly beautiful, and the people warm and interesting. The house he grew up in had become a hotel and we stayed in his boyhood bedroom. I don’t know what the hell has happened since but I loved it then.

          • Jmdintpa

            im sure its americans fault.. im sure somewhere in your drug addled brain its all americas fault. and jamaica is a third world cess pool with many of the residents below that.

          • Joseph Miceli

            Tough Shit. They kill and harass their own gay kids and it is the fault of the bully America? If they were eating their own children, I bet it would be our fault, too. Guess what! They are! You can kiss my American ass, you “fucking sociopath.” Fucking gross.

          • westford.design

            Jeez, you are full of anger. But Zoey sounds like she can handle it and doesn’t need your advice

          • DannyEastVillage

            uh, I think the corrupt bullying belongs on the UK’s doorstep in Jamaica’s particular case. Not that there isn’t plenty of US bullying in the Caribbean to go around.

    • perversatile

      Someone fetch my swoon jug-
      I’m havin the vapors

  • Mark

    Nasty break, Ryan. The Princess done kicked you to the curb. Now you’ll have to peddle your brand of hate in some low rent dance hall….

    • David Walker

      “Virgin Queen Barred by Princess” — has a nice ring to it.

  • LovesIrony

    Thank you Hamilton Princess, it matters.

  • 2patricius2

    And another martyr will announce he is being crucified for his “christian” beliefs….
    Couldn’t happen to a “nicer” guy……

  • billbear1961

    Take a hike, Ryan T. Anderson, you fascist POS!

    Peddle your goddamned hatred elsewhere!

    • scottrose

      Douchey T. Douchenson

  • Hal Watts

    I am sure that Ryan can find another venue for his hate speech–in Uganda.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Ryan, you don’t get to say whatever it is you want to say and then claim you can say whatever the Hell you want because it is your religion. Here is an example (and note- I am NOT comparing Ryan Anderson to ISIS, I am NOT, I am citing a different claim of a different religion that could happen) Should a hotel be forced to be the venue for ISIS? Hey it is their Muslim Religion, you gotta rent to them because if you decline it is discrimination based on Religion.

    Religion is not a Get Out of Jail Card, or at least it shouldn’t be.
    Ryan Anderson et al still believe that Equal Civil Rights for Sexual Minorities is a debatable issue, it isn’t.

  • sonoitabear

    Very telling that they only recognize secular law when forced by the courts or when they can pervert it to their own use…

    Citing Britain’s Human Rights Act, which bans the denial of “goods and services” on the basis of religion, Preserve Marriage plans to take their complaint to the hotel’s “upper management.”

    • ChrisMorley

      ‘Preserve Marriage’ (sic) will get nowhere trying to use Britian’s Human Rights Act. It’s not part of Bermudan law.
      There is however the Bermudan Human Rights Act 1981.
      That law would still not help ‘Preserve Marriage’ (sic) book a conference room for its religion-inspired hatemongering. It’s only illegal to discriminate against individuals, but not against organised groups like ‘Preserve Marriage’ (sic). http://www.bermudalaws.bm/Laws/Consolidated%20Laws/Human%20Rights%20Act%201981.pdf

  • The Professor

    Sobs of Christian persecution in 3..2…1…

  • Bj Lincoln

    Anti-diversity is not anti-religion.

    • Lookingup73

      Usually it is quite the opposite. Anti-diversity generally means (as in this case) very pro-religion.

    • RoFaWh

      You want to bet on that proposition?

  • Blake Mason

    This is my homeland. I live here. It has been a great week here.

    • David Walker

      Congratulations. When things go right, it does feel good, doesn’t it?

  • Blake Mason

    Joe – May I borrow the flying monkeys?

    http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20151128/NEWS/151129693

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      I didn’t see a current poll, just a poll archive on that page.

      • Blake Mason

        I was hoping they would leave a supportive comment.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          OK, I understand.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    No quality hotel can survive an infestation of rats.
    And a particularly large rat like Ryan can really stink up the place.
    Smart decision.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Sometimes, the misery and misfortunes of others IS funny and worthy of a smile……this is definitely one of those times 🙂

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Bert_Bauer

      Hey, it’s free market at work. Seems conservatives aren’t too fond of it when it turns out badly for them. That this is a Heritage Foundation flunkee makes the irony more delicious.

    • scottrose

      When will he agree to testify under oath in a court of law and to be crossed examined about his statements regarding the Regnerus hoax, to which he was, and is a party?

  • ColdCountry

    I hope we hear the outcome of the complaint. I have a feeling they will get slapped down, and I want to smile.

  • James

    No special rights for religions.

  • Bert_Bauer
    • GanymedeRenard

      Only difference is, all those children are cute.

  • rusty57

    So how does it feel to be denied use of a venue because of who you are Ryan?

    • agcons

      I would amend that to read ” . . . because of what you chose to become, Ryan?”.

      • scottrose

        Putrid gay-bashing bigots.

  • CDMatthew

    I had very nearly forgotten about Ryan T. Anderson’s existence, given that he has become an increasingly insignificant, fringe figure. It’s good, I guess, to get an occasional reminder/wake-up call that Anderson is still attempting to spread his anti-gay poison, and that his efforts are still getting slapped down or echoing into an inconsequential void. I commend the Hamilton Princess for carefully vetting the organizations that book events there, in order that the hotel’s reputation is not tarnished by allowing anti-gay or racist meetings to take place there; it would be bad for business.

  • Stev84

    Having lost the fight in the US, they are now going to regions that are already gripped by hatred, such as Africa, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean, to stir up even more hate.

  • the hilarious thing about Anderson is he’s being touted as the “new face of the GOP!” whats’ new? same old racist, xenophobic, homophobic bigotry. only he doesn’t have the excuse of being around for the Good Old Days of Segregation to wax poetic about.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    It takes a parliamentary year to gear up for not deporting anybody?

  • franklinb23

    Anderson is wrong, but censorship is censorship. At the same time, businesses should be free to accept or reject customers as they see fit, right?

    • scottrose

      The hotel has not “censored” him; it has declined to enable him in his attempts at spreading disinformation and hatred against LGBTers.