Anti-gay comments ‘not hateful’ – Edghill
On the heels of a complaint being lodged against him to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Minister in the Ministry of Finance Juan Edghill yesterday denied that his remarks during a radio programme on gays and homosexuality were hateful.
“I categorically deny that I have said anything that was hateful,” Edghill told a press conference that he called to address the issue.
Two advocacy groups are calling on the Guyana government to fire Edghill from his post as Minister within the Finance Ministry and as a Member of Parliament (MP) as a result of statements he made about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community which they said are in violation of local and international regulations.
His dismissal is one of 15 recommendations contained in an 11-page report sent to the UNHRC on June 15th by the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) and the Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI).