Many Guyanese children face a wide range of challenges such as poverty, violence, and lack of support
from family and teachers, who have little understanding of the problems affecting them and often do
not possess the skills to empower, but rather shun them when they seek support and guidance. When
children encounter sexuality and gender issues, the responses they receive from adults are often
punitive, rather than educational.
IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE - CIVIL JURISDICTION - In the matter of the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana - AND - In the matter of an application by Quincy McEwan, Seon Clarke, Joseph Fraser, Seyon Persaud, and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) for redress under Article 153 of the Constitution of contravention of the applicants' fundamental rights guaranteed by Articles 1, 40, 139, 144, 145, 146, 149, and 149 D of the Constitution of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.
This policy applies to everyone who works with the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) in any capacity, whether paid or unpaid (collectively called SASOD representatives) and covers incidents that have occurred both before and after the start of the relationship with SASOD.
The arrests, harassment, and discrimination faced by lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) people in Guyana demonstrate the urgent need for the Government of Guyana to act. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) recognizes a right to protection from discriminatory laws, stereotypes, and cultural attitudes for all women.
Many Guyanese children face a wide range of challenges such as poverty, violence, and lack of support from family and teachers, who have little understanding of the problems affecting them and often do not possess the skills to empower , but rather shun them when they seek support and guidance.
Commonwealth Caribbean countries have retained or reformed colonial laws that criminalise sexual activities between persons of the same sex. These colonial laws began as a more general prohibition against all types of non-procreative sexual activities, whoever participated in them. But in more recent years Caribbean sexual offences laws have more clearly identified males having sex with males and females having sex with females as the objects of these criminal laws dealing with the unnatural offence, buggery, sodomy and indecency.
In Guyana there are a growing number of men who has sex with men (MSM), women who have sex with women (WSW) and individuals who engage in sex with both men and women and some reported cases of transgendered people. A review of the literature suggests that there is a paucity of data in relation to the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people in Guyana. Significantly, the review also found the there has been no specific study done to determine the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in Guyana.
Eleven (11) Caribbean countries have laws which criminalize same - sex sexual behaviors and identities across the Anglo-phone Caribbean but these laws vary in language, the types of acts prohibited and the punishments imposed. The common thread among them is that they were imposed during the colonial period and have for the most part remained unchanged in spirit and intent despite centuries of development and de cades of independence.