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Activists demand court stops jailing people for not telling sex partners they are trans

Activists demand court stops jailing people for not telling sex partners they are trans

Scottish activists are demanding the Crown Office to not jail people if they do not tell their sex partners they are transgender.

Scottish Transgender Alliance is asking people to sign a petition asking the CO and Procurator Fiscal Office to urgently work with trans equality organizations.

It comes after Chris Wilson, 25, pled guilty after he was accused of failing to tell two girls his gender history and real age.

One of the girls, who said she was the legal age to have sex in the UK, 16, when she was 15, had sex with Wilson, who said he was 16 when he was really 22.

Wilson was not charged with any offences relating to sexual activity with people below the age of 16.

The only charge brought against him was ‘obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud’. Wilson is now on the sex offenders register and facing jail time.

Nathan Gale, the project development manager for Scottish Transgender Alliance, slammed the tabloid reporting of the case.

In a comment piece for Gay Star News, he said: ‘Criminalizing trans people for withholding information about their gender history is absurd.

‘It would be unacceptable to criminalize trans people for simply living in accordance with their gender identity and not revealing this private information to a sexual partner.

‘You don’t give up your right to privacy if you’re trans and want to have a sex life.’

In the petition, the Scottish Transgender Alliance states: ‘We consider it essential that trans people’s right to privacy about their gender history be upheld in all areas of their lives.

‘They must not be placed in fear of imprisonment simply for non-disclosure of their gender reassignment status to a sexual partner.’

They continue: ‘We are shocked and appalled that such unwarranted criminalization of trans people may occur in Scotland.

‘Scottish public bodies should be upholding the equality and human rights of people with the protected characteristic of gender reassignment, not placing them into a severe state of fear and alarm.

‘This issue seriously undermines many people’s trust in Scotland’s criminal justice system.’

The petition currently has over 1000 signatories. If you would like to sign, click here.