September 30, 2015 at 10:39 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
D.C. man banned from Bermuda for ‘hate speech’

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Bermuda (Photo by Mike Oropeza; via Wikimedia Commons)

Authorities in Bermuda have banned a D.C. man from traveling to the island because of a speech in which he criticized homosexuality and marriage between interracial couples.

The Royal Gazette, a Bermudan newspaper, reported Ayo Kimathi said during an appearance at a local theater on Sept. 26 that homosexuality, interracial marriage and other forms of “sexual deviance” came from white Europeans.

The publication noted that Kimathi, who is also known as the Irritated Genie of Soufeese, described homosexuality as a “deep-rooted cancer that needs to be cut out of society before it destroys us.” The Royal Gazette reported that Kimathi during his speech showed the audience a clip of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh indicating his support of the death penalty for gay men.

The Royal Gazette noted that Kimathi was scheduled to speak about African history.

David Tucker, a Bermudan man, invited Kimathi to the island.

The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda, a local LGBT advocacy group, in a statement said it “strongly condemns the hate speech promoted by” Kimathi at the event.

The theater that hosted the event on Monday issued an apology.

“We rented our theater to an organization that wished to do a talk on the history of Trans-Atlantic slave trade,” it said on its Facebook page. “We had no knowledge of the anti-gay and racial rhetoric that was expounded in the second half of the speech. We wish to make it clear that we in no way support these beliefs and deeply regret the offense that it has caused to any persons or organizations.”

Bermudan Home Minister Michael Fahy under the Bermuda Immigration and Protection Act of 1956 is able to place someone on the island’s “stop list” if he or she has “conducted himself in a manner that is undesirable.”

“In my view, he conducted himself in an undesirable manner and should not be permitted to land in Bermuda in the future,” said Fahy on Monday in a statement, referring to Kimathi.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in 2013 reported that Kimathi’s website declared “in order for black people to survive the 21st century, we are going to have to kill a lot of whites — more than our Christian hearts can possibly count.” The Alabama-based organization said Kimathi has also described President Obama as a “treasonous mulatto scum dweller” who fights for “fag rights for freaks in amerikkka and Afrika.”

Kimathi worked for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from 2009 through December 2013.

Kimathi on Tuesday did not immediately respond to the Washington Blade’s request for comment.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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