Guyana : Social media campaign chronicles trials and triumphs of coming out

Members of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have taken to sharing their coming out stories via social media, in an effort to raise awareness of the challenges they face with societal acceptance.

#ExpressYourself, an online campaign, was started by the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) in observance of International Family Equality Day (IFED) and International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). 

With this year’s IDAHOT theme being “Love makes a family,” Ernestine Leonard, SASOD’s Human Rights Coordinator, explained yesterday that the intention of the campaign is to highlight the challenges that LGBT persons face in not only coming out to the public, but to their families as well.

As a result, SASOD posed the challenge to community members to post a short video relating their personal stories and explaining how the revelation impacted their lives and their relationships with their families. Read more via Stabroek News