Upper Demerara-Berbice is governed by federal Guyana law. Learn more
    Homosexuality
    ✖ Male illegal, female legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Banned
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✖ Illegal
    Gender-Affirming Care
    ✔ Legal
    Non-Binary Gender Recognition
    ✖ Not legally recognized
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Intersex Infant Surgery
    ✖ Not banned
    Military
    ✔ Legal
    Donating Blood
    ✔ Legal
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    N/A
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History

Homosexual activity in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Homosexual activity in Upper Demerara-Berbice is male illegal, female legal.

Current status
Since 1893
Male illegal, female legal
Section 354 of the Guyana Criminal Law (Offences) Act of 1893 states “Everyone who commits buggery, either with a human being or with any other living creature, shall be guilty of felony and liable to imprisonment for life.” Buggery is also known as anal sexual intercourse. This law generally goes unenforced however LGBT people still regularly face discrimination and violence.

Same-sex marriage in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Same-sex marriage in Upper Demerara-Berbice is banned.

Current status
Banned
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Censorship of LGBT issues in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Censorship of LGBT issues in Upper Demerara-Berbice is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Guyana, there are no laws restricting the discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Right to change legal gender in Upper Demerara-Berbice is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Only place in south America that criminalizes this. currently being reviewed by the Caribbean court of Justice. Decriminalized cross dressing in 2018.

People cannot legally change their gender in Guyana.

Gender-affirming care in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Gender-affirming care in Upper Demerara-Berbice is legal.

Current status
Since 2001
Legal
In 2001, Guyana adopted the ICD-10 classification, which contains codes for diagnosing transsexualism in adulthood and childhood, which authorize the initiation of medical transition.
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Legal, but restricted for minors
In 1979, Guyana adopted the ICD-9 classification, which included codes allowing for the diagnosis of transsexualism in adults.
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Until 1979
Banned
Medical transition is not possible
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Upper Demerara-Berbice is not legally recognized.

Current status
Not legally recognized
Guyana does not allow people to legally change their gender.
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LGBT discrimination in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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LGBT discrimination in Upper Demerara-Berbice is no protections.

Current status
Since Feb 20, 1980
No protections
There have been measures proposed during 2000 and 2003 to include sexual orientations and gender identities in grounds to protect against discriminations but these measures failed.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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LGBT employment discrimination in Upper Demerara-Berbice is no protections.

Current status
Since Feb 20, 1980
No protections
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LGBT housing discrimination in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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LGBT housing discrimination in Upper Demerara-Berbice is no protections.

Current status
Since Feb 20, 1980
No protections
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Same-sex adoption in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Same-sex adoption in Upper Demerara-Berbice is single only.

Current status
Since Oct 6, 2017
Single only
Homosexuality is currently illegal. Legalization pending.
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Intersex infant surgery in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Intersex infant surgery in Upper Demerara-Berbice is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Not criminalized in Guyana.
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Serving openly in military in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Serving openly in military in Upper Demerara-Berbice is legal.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2012
Legal
Completely legal since Jan 1, 2012.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Blood donations by MSMs in Upper Demerara-Berbice is legal.

Current status
Legal
No restrictions that I know of.
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Conversion therapy in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Conversion therapy in Upper Demerara-Berbice is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Not criminalized.
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Equal age of consent in Upper Demerara-Berbice

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Equal age of consent in Upper Demerara-Berbice is n/a.

Current status
N/A
Homosexuality is illegal.
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(See sources listed for homosexual activity.)
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