Head of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA), Ann Greene recently highlighted the need for anti-bullying laws geared to benefit the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other (LGBTQ+) youth.

Greene spoke about this as she delivered the featured address last Thursday at a “Spirit Day” event held at the British High Commissioner’s residence.

The third annual event was hosted by the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) in collaboration with the British High Commission.
Spirit Day is acknowledged around the world annually to raise awareness of anti-LGBTQ+ bullying in schools. It is observed on the third Thursday of October.

In her remarks, Greene stated that LGBTQ+ people in Guyana are oppressed and marginalized because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. She acknowledged that they suffer discrimination in accessing their civil rights.
Greene lamented that LGBTQ+ persons need what every other person needs, regardless of their human characteristics. “It is love and acceptance. Every human being born into this world has a right to be here, being placed here by the Superior being of the Universe with their own purpose,” Greene said.
Greene emphasized that Spirit Day is a day to stand up and give support to persons who suffer infringement of their human rights. The CPA head pledged to use her role “to contribute towards bringing about the needed social change – the right to social inclusion for all persons. All groups of people must be respected for who they are, with prejudice.”

In addition to laws against bullying, the Child-Services Director called for specific interventions to address the unique challenges facing LGBTQ+ youth in Guyana. Greene said these include targeted social programmes; safe schools, care centres, neighbourhoods and housing; safe access to recreational facilities and activities; access to adequate health services and supportive workplace policies.


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