Scores of Guyanese on Saturday joined a march organized and executed to mark the end of the LGBT Pride Week in Guyana.Despite threats from the Georgetown Ministers’ Fellowship on Friday, hundreds turned up to the Pride Festival and Parade organized by the Guyana LGBT community.The march, according to the organiser, Managing Director of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Joel Simpson, was really a protest and an opportunity for the LGBT community to continue its empowerment work.The march was also held to show the LGBT community’s concern over Government’s non-fulfillment of its 2015 campaign promise, he said.Speaking with Guyana Times at the rally was former Education and Human Services Minister, Priya Manickchand, a member of parliament for the PPP/C.Manickchand said her party does not support discrimination against minority groups, and Guyanese are committed to tolerance and inclusionary democracy.On Thursday last, the Religious Fellowship, at a press conference, said: “The Christian community, which makes up more than 60 per cent of the population, is concerned by efforts to pressure the Government to legalize buggery.”The Fellowship demanded that Government make known where its support lies in regard to decriminalisation of homosexuality, and threatened to withhold votes for the APNU/AFC administration.Pastor Desmond Rogers had asserted that with the LGBT community being only a mere 10% of Guyana’s population, their political support — which is also being used as leverage against Government — should not place pressure on the administration to “legalise buggery.”According to him, his Fellowship will not support this move, as it is deemed “immoral.”But the march was more about human rights and dignity. There were no calls for the legalisation of same sex marriages, but for the decriminalisation of same sex intimacy among consenting adults, and for an end to discrimination.
RelatedPet travel: flying with pets, airline policies and feesThinking of flying with pets? If you’re planning a trip with your best friend then you need to know how much it’ll cost and that your animal will be transported safely and in comfort. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling with your beloved pet, from taking your dog…International Rovers – travelling with your petsThe information below is designed to help answer some common questions about travelling with dogs, cats or ferrets.Pigs might fly: new rule to allow pets on planesAnimals set to be allowed on planes, say authorities. Who let the dogs out? Probably the cabin crew. No, this is not a late April fools’ joke; start-up airline PetAirways plans to revolutionise the way cats, dogs other pets fly with the launch of its pet-only service. All “pawsengers” (as the airline terms its furry flyers) will fly in the main cabin “first class style” and will be tended by onboard Pet Attendants, who check on pets every 15 minutes. PetAirways plan to commence their service in spring-summer 2009 on a handful of US routes including LA to Denver and New York to Washington DC. Tickets start at $149 one way. Pet owners will not be able to fly with their animals, even in cargo.PetAirways have not released details of their in flight entertainment, but Skyscanner expects the movie selection to include animal favourites such as: Born to be Wild, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.If you fancy yourself handing out sick bags to Spaniels or catnip to kittens (over 18s only) you’re in luck: PetAirways are currently hiring In-Flight Pet Attendants. Required qualifications include:“Absolutely loving pets, having no allergies to pets, substantial pet handling experience and the ability to work well with all types of pets”.Skyscanner co-founder Gareth Williams commented on the launch:“There’s definitely a market for a pet airline; after all, the US spends $41 billion a year on pets, more than the GDP of over half the countries in the world! We are now considering the possibility of adding PetAirways flights to Skyscanner’s flight search.”For information and advice about travelling with pets, read Skyscanners article: Flying with Pets. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map