LGBT Rights

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Heightens Commitment to LGBT Rights at Hearing on Punitive Measures and Discrimination in the Caribbean

Georgetown, Guyana, November 9, 2010 - On Tuesday, October 26, 2010, four representatives of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in the English-speaking Caribbean participated in a thematic hearing before five of the seven Commissioners of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington, DC.

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.

OAS Approves Third Resolution on "Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity"

The Organization of American States (OAS), convened in its 40th General Assembly in Lima, Peru, approved on June 8, 2010, a resolution on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity in the countries of the Americas. This resolution is the result of the advocacy and coordination activities realized in the past four years by more than 20 LGBTTTI groups from 17 countries forming a Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean, which meets every year before the General Assembly to coordinate its advocacy work within the OAS.

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.

OAS Approves Second Resolution on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”

At its 39th General Assembly convened in San Pedro Sula , Honduras , from June 1 – 3, 2009 , the Organisation of American States (OAS) approved its second resolution on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”.

International Human Rights Day

December 10, is observed as International Human Rights Day 2008. This year’s commemoration is an important milestone as it marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), under the theme “Dignity and justice for all of us.”