The October 6 incident at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nassau was first reported by Joe Hawkins, the Oakland-based event promoter with Club Rimshot, and, was "attended by approximately 250" American citizens "and nearly 200 local Bahamian guests", says DaJuan Xavier, the executive director of Ebony Pyramid Entertainment, the popular Washington DC-based promotions form. "The dozen or so police were well armed in full riot-style gear. In addition to their gear, they entered the facility with one of the policeman videotaping the crowd." Xavier says members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force briefly interrogated him and "ordered the bartenders to 'Shut it down!'"
The island's leading newspaper, The Nassau Guardian, published the written apology from Tourism Director General Vernice Walkine who explained the officers were investigating a complaint and "are awaiting the police force's official statement on the matter, but do however, wish to assure you that the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation does not condone discrimination in any form."
It's a significant development that the Bahamian government is mindful of tourist dollars and doing the right thing by apologizing to gay tourists. Unfortunately, the government is not as respectful of their own LGBT population.