Stabroek News

Newspaper Report: Gays, Lesbians Face Greater Inequality Here Because of Criminalising of Same Sex Relations

A human rights expert says that by virtue of Guyana keeping on its books laws that criminalise homosexual behaviour, persons from the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community face inequality on a higher scale than other marginalised groups. Speaking at a public forum on equality and LGBT rights at Moray House Trust on Wednesday evening, Dr. Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of Equal Rights Trust says Guyana’s laws criminalising homosexuality and cross-dressing are not in consonance with Government’s responsibility of ensuring that there is equality for all.

News Report: Buju Banton Must Publicly Renounce his Homophobia

These are some of the infamous lyrics of Jamaican dancehall singer, Buju Banton, who is slated to perform in Guyana under the auspices of the GT Entertainment Group. Banton's lyrics go on to gleefully promote pouring acid over gay men and setting them on fire.

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.

SASOD Embarks on Spectrum Net

SASOD has signed an agreement with the Minsitry of Health in Guyana to embark on a project of educational outreach to men who have sex with men. The Spectrum Healthnet project with the Ministry of health has the following objectives:

Editorial: South Africa Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

The news that the South African parliament has voted to legalise same sex marriages is encouraging. This, at a time when South Africa faces serious problems with crime, the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and poverty, demonstrates the commitment to human rights even as, in other places, homophobic leaders try to turn energies to preventing rights of gay and lesbian citizens while ignoring issues such as poverty and poor governance.

News Report: Guyanese Religious Community's Stance on Homosexuality and Condom Use

Religious bodies disagree, sometimes vehemently, on matters pertaining to their faiths, but, not surprisingly, they are united on many of the so-called taboo issues including homosexuality and the use of condoms. Religious leaders from the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Muslim, Hindu, Pentecostal and Seventh Day Adventist faiths all agree that homosexuality is wrong and that the use of condoms encourages fornication.

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