Guyana’s transgender community celebrates the overturning of an archaic cross-dressing law


The rainbow flag represents the LGBTQ community in Guyana and many places around the world. Image via Flickr user torbakhopper, Creative Commons BY-ND 2.0

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Transgender activists around the Caribbean have something to celebrate for 2018’s Trans Awareness Week. On November 13, the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) overturned an archaic law in Guyana that made it a criminal offence for a man (or woman) to dress – “for an improper purpose” – in clothes typically used by the opposite gender. The CCJ ruled the law unconstitutional.

At the hearing, which was live-streamed on its website, the court also awarded costs to the appellants.

The law, initially intended to curb disorder, loitering and vagrancy, dates back to 1893 when Guyana was…

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