Discrimination

Press Release: Constitutional Court Reserves Judgment in Guyana Cross Dressing Case

The Honourable Chief Justice, Mr. Ian Chang, sitting in the Constitutional Court, heard full arguments from lawyers acting on behalf of the applicants – Quincy McEwan, Seon Clarke, Joseph Fraser, Seyon Persaud and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) – as well as a response from the State, on Tuesday June 4, 2013. This is an important case that will help to determine the implications of the commitment made in the Guyana Constitution to “eliminating every form of discrimination.” Attorney, Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St Augustine and co-coordinator of the Faculty of Law UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP), Dr. Arif Bulkan, and Gino Persaud appeared for the applicants.

Newspaper Report: Gays, Lesbians Face Greater Inequality Here Because of Criminalising of Same Sex Relations

A human rights expert says that by virtue of Guyana keeping on its books laws that criminalise homosexual behaviour, persons from the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community face inequality on a higher scale than other marginalised groups. Speaking at a public forum on equality and LGBT rights at Moray House Trust on Wednesday evening, Dr. Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of Equal Rights Trust says Guyana’s laws criminalising homosexuality and cross-dressing are not in consonance with Government’s responsibility of ensuring that there is equality for all.

Editorial: Response to the Inter-Religious Organisation on Condemnation of the SASOD Film Festival

Thanks for publishing this open letter to the Inter-Religious Organisation, since we do not think it is appropriate to write to them in care of the Ethnic Relations Commission’s Secretariat - which we believe is a publicly-funded, state body and not a faith institution. To The Members of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO): We were surprised to read reports in sections of the press that comments made by the Chair of the Ethnic Relations Commission, and Public Relations Officer of the IRO, Mr. Edghill, about the SASOD Film Festival.

Guyana: Reject Transphobia; Respect Gender Identity

In far too many places around the world, Transsexual, Transgender and Intersex people face violence, abuse, rape and hate crimes. The only motive: they are not confirming to social stereotypes about the way they should appear and behave in society as men or women.

Human Rights Violations, Gender Inequality, Stigma, Discrimination and Homophobia Lead to HIV

Human rights violations, gender inequality, stigma, discrimination and homophobia were unequivocally identified as major, structural drivers of the global AIDS pandemic at the recently concluded XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City , August 3 – 8, 2008 (AIDS 2008). SASOD delegates, Joel Simpson and Namela Baynes-Henry, joined over 25,000 scientists, community and political leaders from around the world, region and country calling for “universal action now” to tackle these underlying drivers of HIV vulnerability and reverse the tide of the AIDS epidemic.

Homophobia: Impeding Access to Health Education and Services in Guyana

SASOD joins with other organisations and countries (including Cuba and Costa Rica) around the world to commemorate May 17 as International Day Against Homophobia. This day is the anniversary on which the World Health Organisation removed ‘homosexuality’ as a mental disorder marking a formal end to medical homophobia.

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