Discriminatory Laws

Marking World Day of Social Justice, Transgender Citizens, Supported by SASOD, Move to the Courts to Challenge Guyana’s Law Against ‘Cross-Dressing’

Long misunderstood and seen as legitimate targets for discrimination and abuse, transgender citizens used the occasion of the international commemoration of World Day of Social Justice to file a motion against Guyana’s law criminalizing ‘cross-dressing.’ On Friday, February 19, 2010, the notice of motion was filed before the Supreme Court of Judicature for redress claiming, among other relief, to have section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, Chapter 8:02, invalidated as irrational, discriminatory, undemocratic, contrary to the rule of law and unconstitutional. The law makes an offence of “being a man, in any public way or public place, for any improper purpose, appears in female attire, or being a woman, in any public way or public place, for any improper purpose, appears in male attire.”

GLBTIQ Issues Make Inroads at Commonwealth Summit

For the first time at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, at CHOGM in Trinidad & Tobago, there was significant representation of GLBTQ (gay/lesbian/ bisexual/ transgender/queer) activists among civil society participants, and a concerted effort to highlight issues of sexual citizenship and rights.

Stop Dress Code Arrests; Repeal Discriminatory Laws

Guyana should halt arrests and police abuse of transgender people and repeal a repressive law that criminalizes wearing clothes considered appropriate only for the opposite sex, six human rights organizations said today in a letter to President Bharrat Jagdeo.

Rights Group Urges Government to Repeal Colonial-Era Laws

Guyana has become an international laughingstock for the recent conviction and fine by our Acting Chief Magistrate on February 9th of seven Guyanese citizens for what is commonly called ‘cross-dressing.’ Within Guyana the arrests and charges on February 6th h

OAS Renews Hope with “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” Resolution

In the framework of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Charter of the Organization of American States, the 38th General Assembly of the OAS approved by consensus the resolution AG/RES-2435(XXXVIII-O/08) “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”(see below), presented by the Brazilian delegations.

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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