The issues facing the LGBTQ community in Bermuda are as diverse as the community itself – work place inclusiveness, bullying in schools, discrimination, unequal treatment under the law, public ridicule and physical violence are but a few of the areas in which LGBTQ people face adversity.
OUTBermuda promotes and supports the wellbeing, health, dignity, security, safety and protection of the LGBTQ community in Bermuda by proving educational resources on issues of diversity, inclusiveness, awareness and acceptance as regards LGBTQ people, and seeks generally to advance human rights, conflict resolution and the promotion of equality and diversity relating to the LGBTQ community in Bermuda.
A social entrepreneur and longtime advocate for the local LGBTQ+ community, Tiffany joined the team at OUTBermuda part-time in the role of Executive Director in June 2022. She has a Gender Studies BA from Queen’s University in Ontario Canada and is an internationally certified yoga instructor.
Ms Paynter is also well known island-wide as a yoga teacher, spoken-word poet and volunteer for organisations including Spirit House Bermuda and the Family Centre. As OUTBermuda’s first executive director, Ms Paynter will oversee the group’s growth and evolution, leading day-to-day operations and longer-term strategy, including increasing volunteer and education programmes to improve community involvement and outreach. Tiffany will also be responsible for relationships with government bodies and the business world.
Board of Directors
Adrian is a founding Director of OUTBermuda and is grateful to have served the LGBTQ+ community on the board of this great charity for the past five years. Adrian attended school in Bermuda, university in Canada and the U.K., and now works in the reinsurance industry as a lawyer. In all spheres of his life, Adrian focuses on building and maintaining relationships with integrity and has been involved with many church and community organisations and projects over the years, including leading a corporate social responsibility program. While he’s held multiple roles professionally and in the third sector—and being a lawyer pays the bills—his favourite titles are ‘papa’ and ‘husband’ as he enjoys those jobs the most.
A founding Director of OUTBermuda, Zakiya identifies as a Black Bermudian lesbian mother. She attended the Bermuda High School for Girls for 12 years before earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the U.S. Zakiya began her career as a clinical therapist in Alabama. She has also lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C. She has worked in development and donor engagement for LGBTQ+ organisations and is presently serving as senior philanthropic advisor for Movement Voter Project, mobilising voters to build long-term progressive power. She and her wife currently live in D.C., where they are raising their young son, who is Black boy joy and magic.
Jameka is a founding Director of OUTBermuda. She and her wife Charlene Smith, who is also a member of OUTBermuda, made a landmark spousal certificate application submission to the Department of Immigration in 2013 that was repeatedly challenged for filing and acceptance. In 2019, it was finally approved, granting Charlene employment and residency rights in Bermuda and legally recognizing her as Jameka’s spouse. Jameka recently worked with the Bermuda Department of Parks as the Assistant Park Planner, but in July 2021 moved to Pennsylvania with Charlene and their 7-year-old son. She now works with the County of Chester as a Capital Projects Coordinator. Outside of work, she can be found exploring trails, gardens and parks, as well as reading inspiring and self-improvement books. Jameka believes that everyone deserves to live a healthy, safe, and good life, however that looks for each individual.
Ravi is a founding Director and returned to the Board on 2019. He is Bermudian and has worked in reinsurance for over 15 years and is currently an Underwriting Actuary with AXA XL reinsurance. Ravi is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and has degrees from Western University, the University of British Columbia, and the Stockholm School of Economics. He has lived in Canada, Sweden, Mexico, and most recently London—where he met his husband, Steven, before moving back to the island and becoming involved in the landmark Bermuda Bred case. Ravi is passionate about human rights and has a particular interest in the intersectionality of race and sexuality. He is an active Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission and he is the President of the AXA XL RISE Business Resource Group.