The Caribbean Court of Justice and the cross-dressing case – Stabroek News


Alissa Trotz is Editor of the In The Diaspora Column

On Tuesday 13th November 2018, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Guyana’s final court of appeal, struck down a law that was first passed in Guyana in 1893. Known popularly as the ‘cross-dressing’ law, section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, it prohibited conduct of being a man, in a public place, appearing in female clothing for an improper purpose, and the same for a woman in male clothing. It was the only prohibition of its kind in the Caribbean, and its history and impact tell a useful (and interesting) story. This week, the column focuses on what the CCJ judges actually said about the law and why they struck it down as invalid.

The roots of the case go all the way to 2009. Quincy McEwan, Seon Clarke,…

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