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News Report: Journalist Leon Suseran Comes Out

After years of deliberation, journalist Leon Suseran has decided to come out as gay, saying that he believes that openness is the path to making the country a safe and welcoming place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons. “Given the current social climate of our society in terms of how persons perceive homosexuals, I have reached a point in my life where I could care less of what people think. Today, I am living my best life ever and I owe it to myself as well as society out there to come clean as it were,” Suseran, 29, told Stabroek News in an interview.

News Report: National AIDS Committee Warns Against Complacency on WAD 2012

While the availability of anti-retroviral therapies (ART) has transformed HIV from a killer to a chronic condition, there are no grounds for complacency as such an attitude is most likely to undermine gains made in recent years in the fight against the epidemic, according to the National AIDS Committee (NAC). In the meantime, the NAC contended that certain conclusions can be drawn from recent trends. The body pointed to "the need for legal and social action to de-criminalize outdated buggery laws and equally outdated religious attitudes to homosexuality; and operationalizing the need for more effective, evidence-based strategies to stop the feminization of HIV.

News Report: Government Abdicating Responsibilities in Protecting Rights of Gay Citizens

Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon’s suggestion that the sanctioning of two female soldiers presents an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons to press their case for decriminalisation is an abdication of the government’s responsibility to protect all of its citizens from discrimination, according to rights group SASOD.

News Report: SASOD Urges Action to Stop Homophobic Bullying in School

The Society against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) has expressed dissatisfaction at a growing trend of bullying in both the public and private education system perpetrated on students perceived to be overweight, of a different race, or a certain sexual orientation. As such, the organisation is again urging a comprehensive review of a broad range of policy statements and is calling for the development of clear guidelines with specific reference to the education sector. During an interview with Guyana Times, SASOD co-chair Joel Simpson revealed that the organisation has received complaints from at least two young students, who have faced homophobic bullying – one at a senior secondary school in the city.

News Report: The Word Transsexual is Just a Label

As a child Sade Richardson always knew there was something different about her and it took her years before she realized that she was a female in a male body. “I knew I was different but I didn’t know why… until I reached to about fifteen, sixteen; then is when I realized who I really was,” she told the Sunday Stabroek in a recent interview.

News Report: CARICOM Heads of Government Urged to Strengthen Sexual Rights

Regional civil society organizations have called on the Caribbean Community heads of government at their July 4-6 summit in St Lucia to implement an Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) that every state supported last month. They were also urged to fully join the Inter-American human rights system, according to a press release from the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) yesterday.

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