Thursday 21 September 2017

Call to end cross-dressing ban

Former Eurovision song contest winner and transgendered singer Dana International
Former Eurovision song contest winner and transgendered singer Dana International

A group representing gays and lesbians in the conservative South American country of Guyana is demanding the government remove a colonial-era law that bans cross-dressing in public.

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination said the law was no longer relevant and violated people's rights.

"These laws are unconstitutional and discriminatory against a social minority," spokesman Joel Simpson said.

"We are seeing a pattern of more and more abuses by police."

Police have made no comment on the issue.

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