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After an eight-year battle through Guyana’s courts, a panel of five judges at the CCJ ruled the law was too vague, violated citizens’ rights and could not stand.
“Difference is as natural as breathing,” said the CCJ president Mr. Justice Saunders in the ruling.
“No one should have his or her dignity trampled on, or human rights denied, merely on account of a difference, especially one that poses no threat to public safety or public order.”
The ruling also condemned the remarks of the magistrate involved in the earlier case, saying “judicial officers may not use the bench to proselytize, whether before, during or after the conclusion of court proceedings”.
[S]eeking justice as a transgender woman is not easy in Guyana due to a colonial-era law, now 124 years old, that criminalises cross-dressing.
Passed in 1893 when Guyana was still a British colony
Makes it illegal for men to dress as a woman and vice versa, if done for “any improper purpose”
The definition of “any improper purpose” is open to interpretation by magistrates
Its opponents say it is open to abuse as its wording is “vague” and “broad”
For the first time, a trans woman has taken on the most prestigious role in Iceland’s national day celebrations.
Eva Ágústa Aradóttir, an LGBT activist and photographer, was asked to be the Lady of the Mountain, a personification of the country who represents all its best qualities.
During Saturday’s national holiday, she stood on a stage in the middle of the celebrations and read a poem – a tradition established in 1944, when Iceland became a republic.
All of your queer heroes made mistakes. Big ones, small ones, forgotten ones, remembered ones. Remember that this week, when you fail, no matter how big or small the failure is, you are not the first one who has made it and you probably won’t be the last. Fix it, keep going, you are doing great.
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first film in which a man said ‘I love you’ to another man. I wrote that scene in.
I said ‘There’s no point in half-measures. We either make a film about queers or we don’t.’” -Dirk Bogard 1961]
With both film and television still relying heavily on queer coding it is interesting to see how some people from the past viewed the topic. We talk more about this concept in our Queer Codes and Coding series, which explores the origin of queer film, and queer codes and how we got to where we are.
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Right now our patrons are choosing another design that is going to be put up in our shop, this design is one of the earlier ones chosen, and we are so excited to see which one you chose!