Coinciding with International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) launched its Cine Campaign at Moray House on Friday, May 16, aimed at eradicating discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Guyanese through film technology and social media.
Observed globally on May 17, IDAHOT draws the attention of policy makers, opinion leaders, social movements, the media and the public in general to the issues of violence and discrimination affecting LGBT people, and to promote a world of tolerance, respect and freedom regardless of people’s sexual orientations or gender identities.
In her opening remarks, SASOD’s Social Change Consultant, Tiffany Barry, highlighted that the date of May 17 was specifically chosen as it commemorates the 1990 decision by the World Health Organization to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. The global theme for this year’s observances is “Free Expression.” The right to freedom of expression for sexual and gender minorities should be universally respected as part of the most fundamental human rights, as outlined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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