Consultation on Participatory Governance across the Americas

To gain a deeper understanding of the expertise, strengths and comparative advantages of existing and potential partners across the Americas (Caribbean and Canada). To gain a deeper understanding of the issues, gaps, opportunities and leadership in participatory governance across the Americas (Caribbean and Canada). To develop a regional snapshot of the MDG acceleration and post 2015 framework building base on research undertaken by the Foundation in the Commonwealth (including the Caribbean). To facilitate the identification of regional priorities on participatory governance and development.

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.”

Press Release: SASOD Child Protection Policy Launched

In what was deemed a ground-breaking initiative, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), yesterday, Thursday, December 13, 2012 launched its Child Protection Policy at Sidewalk Café. At the event, Secretary on the SASOD board of trustees, Zenita Nicholson, stated that the launch of the policy highlights SASOD’s commitment to the protection of children in Guyana.

News Report: National AIDS Committee Warns Against Complacency on WAD 2012

While the availability of anti-retroviral therapies (ART) has transformed HIV from a killer to a chronic condition, there are no grounds for complacency as such an attitude is most likely to undermine gains made in recent years in the fight against the epidemic, according to the National AIDS Committee (NAC). In the meantime, the NAC contended that certain conclusions can be drawn from recent trends. The body pointed to "the need for legal and social action to de-criminalize outdated buggery laws and equally outdated religious attitudes to homosexuality; and operationalizing the need for more effective, evidence-based strategies to stop the feminization of HIV.

Statement Against the Criminalization of HIV Transmission

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination opposes the Criminalisation of HIV Transmission which is under consideration by the Parliament of Guyana. SASOD's presentation to the Special Select Committee considering the Resolution 129 of 2010 has noted several reasons why such a law would reverse the progress being made in Guyana to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Press Release: LGBTI Groups Advance Gains with Passage of Fourth Resolution at 41st OAS General Assembly

Jermaine Grant represented Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) at the 41st Organisation of American States (OAS) General Assembly that was held on June 5-7, 2011, in San Salvador, El Salvador. SASOD’s participation in this year’s OAS General Assembly served as the fifth year of its advocacy in the Inter-American system for human rights protection of persons on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.