Ongoing fight for trans rights in Malaysia

My recent piece for 76Crimes, a GLBT rights blog…


By Ruby Pratka

Palace of Justice in Patrajaya, which houses the Court of Appeals. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia) Palace of Justice in Patrajaya, which houses the Court of Appeals. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Transgender people in Malaysia may soon have fewer legal barriers to expressing their gender freely, thanks to a recent ruling in a state appeals court. The Malaysia Court of Appeal in the city of Putrajaya ruled last month that three trans women were not bound by legal prohibitions on “impersonating” someone of the opposite gender.

Aston Paiva, the lawyer for the four unidentified plaintiffs, successfully argued that trans people have a medical condition that makes it nearly impossible to live in their biologically assigned gender. The court upheld Paiva’s argument, and also found that the provision violated rights to human dignity and free movement enshrined in the Malaysian constitution.

Malaysia has two simultaneously operating legal systems: a system descended from British common law and a system of Islamic law adapted from Sharia…

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About msmarguerite

Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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