Friday, November 07, 2014

Malaysian Court Strikes Down Law Restricting Transgender Rights

BBC News reports today that a 3-judge appeals court panel in the Malaysian state of  Negeri Sembilan has struck down a state law barring Muslim men from wearing women's clothing. The appeal was brought by three transgender women who, a lower court had ruled, were required to wear men's clothing because they were born as males. In what is seen as a major victory for transgender rights, the court ruled that the law is "degrading, oppressive and inhumane."