Thousands in Scotland Push to Decriminalize Keeping Trans Status Private
Transgender activists in Scotland have filed a petition with the country’s authorities to try to stop the jailing of people if they do not tell their partners they are trans.
The Scottish Transgender Alliance is asking the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to working with them and come up with more comprehensive regulations regarding the jailing of transgender sex partners, the Gay Star News reports.
STA filed a petition with over 2,500 signatures urging the government to “address the concerns of trans people that they risk imprisonment simply for non-disclosure of their gender reassignment status to sexual partners.”
The effort comes in the heels of a case where a 25-year-old transgender man was accused of failing to tell two teenage girls his gender history and real age.
While advocates are not challenging the underage sex charges, they believe Chris Wilson should not be charged for hiding his transition.
“We consider it essential that trans people’s right to privacy about their gender history be upheld in all areas of their lives,” part of the petition reads. “They must not be placed in fear of imprisonment simply for non-disclosure of their gender reassignment status to a sexual partner.”
Wilson will be tried on April 5. GSN writes that he will likely face jail time.