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Court upholds ban on cross-dressing

Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang has ruled that cross-dressing is not a crime once it is not done for improper purposes, lifting a partial ban on the practice which goes to the heart of transgender activities here.

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9th September 2013 10:26

Alessia Valenza

Gay and rights activists have already indicated that they will appeal the decision, clamouring for an absolute ruling that nullifies the decades-old legislation that restricts the way people dress in this country.
Chang’s ruling last Friday afternoon was delivered in a case involving Quincy McEwan, Seon Clarke, Joseph Fraser and Seyon Persaud against the attorney general of Guyana.

Constitutional motion

The four men were charged for cross-dressing several years ago, but later through their attorneys filed a constitutional motion calling for the court to nullify the law. Section 153 (1) (XLVII) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) provision makes a criminal offence of a man wearing female attire, and a woman wearing male attire, publicly, for any improper purpose.

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