ADDED ON: 08/11/2021

Guyana decriminalizes cross-dressing

08/10/2021 | Los Angeles Blade

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Guyana on Tuesday officially decriminalized cross-dressing. Local media reports indicate lawmakers in the South American country approved a measure to remove cross-dressing from the colonial-era Summary Jurisdiction (Offenses) Act. Guyanese Attorney General Anil Nandlall, who is also the country’s legal affairs minister, supported the bill. Guyana is a former British colony that borders Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil. Guyanese authorities in 2009 arrested four transgender women and charged them with cross-dressing under the Summary Jurisdiction (Offenses) Act. The Caribbean Court of Justice in 2018 unanimously struck down the law. “People don’t know what effect those laws have had on our psyche,” Quincy McEwan, one of the four people who challenged the cross-dressing law, told the Associated Press in June. “We were traumatized every time we prepared to go out as we don’t know if we are going to be arrested and placed in the lockups.”


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