Court Strikes Down Guyana anti-Transgender Law

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11/14/2018

A Guyana anti-transgender law banning “cross-dressing” has been struck down, after it was used to target transgender people. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), an international court with jurisdiction across several Caribbean and South American countries, heard a challenge to a Guyanese law that made it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an “improper purpose.” The court struck down part of a British colonial-era penal code dating back to 1893 in the South American country, which has a population of 780,000.

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