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Suriname to host 3rd annual pride march
4 October 2013
By Andrew Potts

Last year's OUT@SU pride march - Photo by LGBT Platform Suriname

Suriname, the smallest country in South America, is to hold its third annual LGBT OUT@SU pride march and festival this month, with a launch event tonight in the city of Paramaribo at Lounge One and Club Nightfever.

This year’s theme is Sexual Diversity in the Workplace and the launch will be followed by an outreach event in Commewijne on Saturday and a forum on sexuality in the workplace on Sunday which will be attended by representatives of unions, business leaders and the Suriname Ministry of Labour.

‘Will you be openly discriminated against because of the fact that you are an LGBT member or do you dare not even come out in the workplace because of the negative reactions you'll get?’ organizers will ask at the event, ‘Or is it your right at work to have the atmosphere where you can be who you are?’

Organizers will hold a night of bowling and karaoke Tuesday from 7.30pm at NV SUIT and a talent show Wednesday night. OUT@SU will host a bar night at Lounge One on Thursday, followed by the OUT@SU pride march on Friday 11 Ocober which is also International Coming Out Day. After the pride march, participants will gather for an open air dance party.

Suriname has a population of just over half a million and is the only Dutch speaking country in South America, having been a colony of the Netherlands until 1975. Although on the South American mainland, Suriname is culturally more tied to the Caribbean and organizers say OUT@SU is the largest LGBT pride event to be held among the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) group of nations. OUT@SU is organized by sexual orientation and gender diversity rights group LGBT Platform Suriname and has been held each year since 2011.

LGBTs have no legal protection from discrimination in Suriname and their relationships have no legal standing. Homosexuality is legal in Suriname but the country has an unequal age of consent of 18 for homosexuals and 16 for heterosexuals.

Source: GayStarNews.

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