Gay rights activists hope to sway popular opinion, political action against colonial era buggery laws

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09/07/2023

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) on Wednesday launched a “Guyana Together” campaign to increase public tolerance of gays as well as convince government and opposition politicians to change laws that violate the human rights of members of that community. “I think the next phase- we are assuming that we’ll achieve our goal in two years- which is to have these laws criminalised and then repealed because of the significant impact the campaign will have public education and the roll-on effect of people pressuring the legislature, ordinary legislators,” SASOD’s General Manager and Founder, Joel Simpson told the launch of the campaign at the Marriott Hotel.

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