This week read about Ugandan activists mobilizing against a bill that will criminalize homosexuality and sex employment, and Guyana introducing a bill to repeal the cross-dressing ban.

LGBT Ugandan Activists React to Attempts to Further Criminalize Homosexuality

LGBT Ugandan activists are mobilizing against the Sexual Offenses Bill 2019 before it is signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. 

According to The Seattle Lesbian, with the late-night passing and tweet announcing the legislators' decision on May 3, Ugandan LGBT advocates were taken by surprise. The Sexual Offenses Bill included parts of the old Anti-Homosexuality Act, criminalizing both homosexuality and sex employment. It also eliminated certain permission wording for sexual activities, causing feminists to get enraged.

“It was a surprise it was passed,” said Ssenfuka “Biggie” Joanita Warry, the executive director of Freedom and Roam Uganda, to The Seattle Lesbian. “We only got to know after its passing.”

The new law reduces the penalty from life in prison under the previous Anti-Homosexuality Act to 10 years in prison.



Guyana Introduces Bill to Repeal Cross-Dressing Ban


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According to Erasing 76 Crimes, the Guyanese government has submitted a bill to abolish the country's outdated criminal prohibition on cross-dressing. The Caribbean Court of Justice had already declared the law unconstitutional in 2018.

On June 10 the government bill was submitted to the first reading and must now pass through the National Assembly to become law.

Erasing 76 Crimes states that until November 2018, cross-dressing was punishable by a fine of 7,000-10,000 Guyanese dollars under the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, Section 153 (xlvii), which punishes anyone who “being a man, in any public way or public place, for any improper purpose, appears in female attire, or being a woman, in any public way or public place, for any improper purpose, appears in male attire.” 

Once passed, the government's bill would formally remove the offending clause from the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act.