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Regional Research Organization survey shows that Guyanese are either tolerant or accepting of homosexuals

Gay-Men-Holding-HandsAccording to the study conducted by the Caribbean Development Research Services, most persons believe that being homosexual is a matter of choice.

Director of the organization Peter Wickham during a summary presentation of the data collected, point out that the research shows that almost half of Guyana’s population knows someone who is gay.

University of Guyana Representative Dr. Melissa Ifill said the study fills an important space in the examination of the situation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and the Inter-Sex community in Guyana.

Dr. Ifill also pointed out that there are still serious legal consequences for male homosexuality by law, while female homosexuality continues to be largely ignored.

According to the findings of the survey, homophobia or lack of tolerance of homosexuals has mostly to do with a person’s age, sex, and race, but to a lesser extent, religion or place of origin and education.

The study was part of a larger project to examine similar issues in the Caribbean. It was funded by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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