Town-hall-style meetings will be held across the socially conservative South American country as part of a promise that Guyana made to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The government plans to analyze public opinion before deciding whether it will submit any bills to revise current laws.
"Government has no line or position on the gay rights issue," Presidential Adviser Gail Teixeira told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "We will hold the consultations, and if the recommendation is to change the laws, then that will be taken into consideration."
The death penalty is common across the Caribbean, as are laws against cross-dressing and gay sex.
This programme was recorded and aired on Tuesday 28th March, 2012. The Government of Guyana has stated its intentions to conduct consultation on the repeal of the laws which discriminate against lesbian, gay , bisexual and trandgendered persons.
The independent Society Against Sexual Orientation and Discrimination said it will campaign to remove what it says are extremely discriminatory colonial-era laws.
"It is making criminals out of ordinary people," spokesman Joel Simpson said, noting that under current law, two consenting male adults could face a minimum of two years in prison for having sex in the privacy of their home.
Many Guyanese are opposed to the discussions because they want the current laws to remain untouched.
Rayon Griffith, a food vendor in the capital of Georgetown, said he already worries about gay and lesbian displays of affection on TV.
"I am worried that a whole generation is coming up thinking this is right," he said.
Others are opposed to abolishing the death penalty.
Nearly 30 prisoners are on death row.