“I’m coming out…" The Global Tragedy of Homophobia

The sweeping tentacles of homophobia have long plagued the world as a global arena dating back as far as Sodom and Gomorrah. Since then many men and women have admittedly “climbed out of the closet” to accept the harsh, cold insensitivities society throws their way. This is due to the stigma attached to people choosing to deviate from what is known to be the norms of society and its rigid value system. At the last airing of its movie night held on alternate Tuesdays, the Sidewalk Café presented a documentary film entitled, “Songs of Freedom”.

International Human Rights Day

On Sunday, December 10, 2006, we will observe International Human Rights Day under the theme “Fighting poverty: a matter of obligation, not charity.” Poverty and human rights are inextricably linked. People whose rights are denied -- victims of discrimination or persecution, for example -- are more likely to be poor. And poverty is often characterized by factors like discrimination and social and cultural stigmatization. These factors are the epitome of the denial of human rights and human dignity, especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.

SASOD Responds to Request for Information from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

In reference to your correspondence dated September 1, 2006, Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) - Guyana provides the following information at your request: We note that the IRB has some information in a previous request available at RIR GUY42340.E which gives some background to the environment for the treatment of homosexual people in Guyana. Please find below the response to your specific questions:-

Editorial: Bermuda Sun

It is with great disappointment that we at the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) Guyana learn of the failure of the Bermuda House of Assembly to debate the bill which would outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Editorial: Homophobia and Voluntary Blood Donation

On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, we are pleased to note that the National Blood Transfusion Service has asked the media to work with them to encourage more voluntary donors. Please permit us to highlight, through the media, a serious case of stigma and discrimination which the NBTS indulges in , which perhaps would prevent voluntary blood donations. The NBTS it seems, has a public policy of refusing blood from the following persons.

Report on Participation in 26th World Conference of International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)

Guyana's debate on the rights to sexual orientation started in 2001 after President Bharaj Jagdeo refused to assent to a vote by the Parliament which would have modified Article 149 of the Constitution of Guyana to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. In 2003, this debate resumed as the final amendments to the Constitution were passed through the parliament.