Protests for Edghill’s dismissal
Members of the sexual minority community are calling for their human rights to be protected in wake of recent comments by Minister within the Ministry of Finance Juan Edgehill. The Minister had gone on record supporting the views of Pastor Rnoanld McGarrel, who on a local radio show said homosexuality is a learnt behavior and that gay persons should live on an island by themselves.
To vent their concerns, the sex workers protested outside of the office of the president hoping that their voices would be heard. A local human rights advocate said the Minister’s statement had led to direct attacks against gay men.
Human Rights group SASOD had called for Minister Edgehill to resign over what they said was hate speech.
Roberto Campos, the resident coordinator of UNAids was there to lend support and he said the United Nations was born under the human rights principle that all human beings are equal.
Miriam Edwards, who advocates for commercial sex workers in Guyana and the Caribbean, was also on hand to support the call for Minister Edgehill to be fired.
The group is planning a series of picketing exercise as they continue to struggle to have their rights protect as sex workers. The protest of the sex workers comes on the heel of last weekend’s murder of two gay men by a spurned lover who later set himself alight.