Press Release: “SASOD at 10” Documentary Now on YouTube

Celebrating its diamond, 10th anniversary, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) hosted a series of activities at Moray House on Camp and Quamina Streets on Monday, June 24. A 20-minute documentary titled “SASOD at 10” highlighting SASOD’s work on equality in Guyana over the past decade was launched. The film’s Producer, renowned local journalist, Gordon Moseley, in his remarks, shared insights on making the documentary, and reflected on SASOD’s growth since 2003, encouraging all Guyanese to support indigenous NGOs like SASOD who are working on issues related to human rights and equality in the country.

Press Release: Nhojj Joins SASOD 10 Year Celebration

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), a human rights organization in Guyana welcomed 3x OUTMusic Award winner Nhojj to headline its 10 year anniversary concert and celebration dubbed “SASOD at 10: Nhojj & Friends on Stage” on Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Sidewalk Café & Jazz Club in Georgetown.

30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at St. George's Cathedral

On May 26, 2013, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination hosted a candlelight vigil in commemoration of the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at the steps of the St. George’s Cathedral, Georgetown, Guyana. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is attended annually on every third Sunday in May by millions of people, including grassroots communities around the world. The theme for this year’s Memorial is “In Solidarity,” which, according to the Global Network of People living with HIV, “emphasizes the need for people living with and affected by HIV to join hands and work together in the response to HIV.”

Human Rights Violations, Gender Inequality, Stigma, Discrimination and Homophobia Lead to HIV

Human rights violations, gender inequality, stigma, discrimination and homophobia were unequivocally identified as major, structural drivers of the global AIDS pandemic at the recently concluded XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City , August 3 – 8, 2008 (AIDS 2008). SASOD delegates, Joel Simpson and Namela Baynes-Henry, joined over 25,000 scientists, community and political leaders from around the world, region and country calling for “universal action now” to tackle these underlying drivers of HIV vulnerability and reverse the tide of the AIDS epidemic.

Statement & Event: International Day of Tolerance

This year’s commemoration of International Day of Tolerance follows on the heels of a panel discussion to promote the release of the Yogyakarta Principles at UN Headquarters on November 7, 2007. These principles collate and clarify current state obligations under international law to address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Each Principle is accompanied by detailed recommendations to States, as well as other actors, including the UN human rights system, national human rights institutions, the media, NGOs and funders.

International Day Against Homophobia

SASOD joined with organisations in a number of countries around the world to commemorate International Day against Homophobia 2006.