LGBT Rights

Ambassador Hardt Supports LGBT Rights as Core Human Rights at Media Workshop

At a Media Workshop on Coverage of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues in Guyana, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana D. Brent Hardt underscored that human rights are for all human beings, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. While expressing appreciation for religious and cultural sensitivities about LGBT issues, the Ambassador said it is “long past time to put our shared belief in the universality of human rights into action: into new laws and a new spirit of respect and solidarity for our fellow citizens.” He emphasized that gay rights are human rights, and pointed out that throughout history, "those who advocate for expanding the circle of human rights have been and remain on the right side of history," while those who have sought to restrict human rights were on the wrong side."

Ambassador's Remarks at Media LGBT Sensitization Workshop

Good morning. Thank you for being part of this path-breaking human rights workshop. In 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence boldly proclaimed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." There were no qualifications or fine print that said one's rights depend on who you love or what you believe. Human rights, as we have discovered often painfully in our own history, are for all human beings, or they are not rights at all.

The Obama Administration’s Fact Sheet

The Obama Administration defends the human rights of LGBT people as part of our comprehensive human rights policy and as a priority of our foreign policy. There are many things President Obama has done that the LGBT community can be proud of, including appointing a record number of LGBT persons to serve in his administration.

Public Forum on Gender Equality and Sexual Rights

Four leading civil society groups hosted a public forum yesterday, April 4, 2013, on “Gender Equality and Sexual Rights in Guyana” attracting a full house at the Moray House Trust in Georgetown. Red Thread, Stella’s Sisterhood for Service and Support (S4) Foundation, Guyana Rainbow Foundation (GuyBow) and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) teamed up to discuss several issues faced by women, sexual and gender minorities in Guyana.

Press Relase: World Day of Social Justice

Marking World Day of Social Justice, celebrated on February 20 annually, leading Civil Society Groups highlight key recommendations from the recently-concluded review of Guyana’s obligations before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Red Thread, Artistes In Direct Support (A.I.D.S.), Family Awareness Conscious Together (FACT) and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) contributed a joint submission on sexuality and gender issues affecting children in Guyana to the review which took place in Geneva last month.

Opening remarks by Sir Shridath Ramphal at the showing of the film ‘Call Me Kuchu’

My first words must be of thanks to Tim Otty for the generosity of his words of introduction. I have been fortunate to have lived a life in which I was privileged to pursue noble causes like the one that brings us here tonight and in doing so to work with dedicated men and women like Tim. I learnt that together, against the odds, we could prevail. If there is one message I could leave tonight, it is to counsel you that in this matter, too, we shall prevail.