LGBT Rights

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.

Towards a More Open, More Tolerant Caribbean

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons have been among the most productive citizens of the Caribbean. Although our place has often gone unrecognised and our status as moral citizens denied, we continue to contribute to the project of building a Caribbean where the equal and inalienable rights of all persons, whatever their social or economic status, are recognised and protected. As the world pauses this week to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the many individuals and organisations across the region who belong to the Caribbean Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays (C-FLAG) are urging Caribbean citizens to reflect on the need to foster a culture of rights in the region that values diversity.

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day 2007 is the start of the year to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). SASOD, Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, advocates that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is the violation of human rights.

Information for Refugee Advocates

SASOD has been asked to provide information in various formats to support claims for asylum for Gay and Lesbian Guyanese who have sought refugee status on the grounds of persecution because of their sexual orientation.

“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”.

Editorial: International Day Against Homophobia

May 17, is the anniversary of the decision when the World Health Organisation removed ’homosexuality’ as a mental disorder marking a formal end to medical homophobia. Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) joins with organisations around the world in commemorating this day as International Day Against Homophobia.