Samoa: Country Decriminalizes “Impersonating a Woman”

Written by scott on May 2nd, 2013

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Transgender rights took a step forward this week in Samoa, as the country repeal the law that criminalized “impersonating a woman”. Gay Star News reports:

Fa’afafine, a third gender culture native to Samoa, are celebrating because a new law decriminalizes ‘impersonating a woman’. The Crimes Act 2012, which came into law yesterday, replaced the Crimes Ordinance 1961 which criminalized ‘the impersonation of a female’ by any male in Samoa. The law was used to persecute fa’afafine with fines or imprisonment as the penalty.

It’s another small, but welcome, victory for transgender rights.


1 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ud says:

    Yet no GLB rights…..

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