As the global community observed International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia’ on Monday, May 17, 2021, Guyana was urged to begin discussions on legalizing same-sex relations. The day was observed under the theme ‘Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing’.

Diplomatic representatives of the United States, Britain, Canada and the European Union (ABCEU) said that they were encouraging “Guyana’s civil society and political leaders to embark on a process of engagement and change in 2021 with the aim of decriminalizing intimate same-sex relations”.

In November 2018 the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is Guyana’s highest court, ruled that it is a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an “improper purpose”, is unconstitutional.

The CCJ has now ruled that the law, Section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, is to be struck from the laws of Guyana.

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