Friday, 14 April 2017 22:59

In Guyana, the transgender community fights against conservative and meaningless laws

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The fight began in the Guyana's capital, Georgetown, following an attack sudden by a trans woman named Petronella Trotman.

The culprit was arrested but, at the time of the hearing before the judge, Magistrate Dylon Bess prevented Trotman from testifying. He told her she could not wear a dress and she had to dress like a man if she wanted to bring her testimony.

A very old law of more than 124 years old prohibits to wear clothes that are not in agreement with your birth sex.

The trial was abandoned because she could not testify.

Since the entire LGBTQ community of Georgetown and of all the Guyana is trying to push for this law to be repealed.

"While he is a magistrate, not a judge, the court does have the power to declare that a particular law is unconstitutional… Where there’s conflict, the constitution prevails," Joel Simpson, the managing director at Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, said.

Guyana Trans United continue to protest to make their voices heard. They plan to launch a petition and submit it to the Parliament and are also considering appealing to the Caribbean Court of Justice.

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