Guyana government introduces bill to repeal defunct cross-dressing ban

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06/15/2021

The Guyanese government has introduced a bill to repeal its defunct criminal ban on cross-dressing, Starbroek News reports. The law had previously been struck down by the Caribbean Court of Justice in 2018. The government bill was introduced at first reading on June 10, 2021, and must pass through the National Assembly before becoming law. Until November 2018, cross-dressing was criminalized under the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, section 153 (xlvii), which condemns anyone who “being a man, in any public way or public place, for any improper purpose, appears in female attire, or being a woman, in any public way or public place, for any improper purpose, appears in male attire,” to a fine of between 7,000-10,000 Guyanese dollars (approximately US $33-$48).

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