The troubling case of Chris Wilson – convicted for not telling his sexual partner he was transgender
IN Scotland, freedom is being challenged. Chris Wilson has been at Edinburgh High Court. He entered a guilty plea for “obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud” and “deceiving” two sexual partners. Wilson’s crime was to tell/show his lovers that he was a man. But, according to his birth certificate, he’s a female.
Chris Wilson had sexual relations with two young women. One was aged 15. It went no further than a kiss. The other was 15 but told him she was 16. She and Wilson did have sex. Wilson told them both he was 17. He was 21 at the time. He’s now 25.
He wasn’t charged with having sexual activity with people below the age of 16. What he was charged with was “obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud”. The State said he had lied about his gender. But he considers himself to be a man.
Should he have stated that he was a trans before sleeping with someone?
Nathan Gale writes:
We find this question easiest to answer with a host of other questions: should a non-trans person have to disclose before sex that they have a medical condition? Or are married? Or voted Conservative? Do potential partners have a legal right to know that you are in debt? Or have an extensive sexual history? Or have been convicted of rape?
These may all be questions of personal morality and may all lead people to feel extremely distressed if they are disclosed after sex. But it is certainly not criminal to sleep with someone without revealing such information.
What about your past do you need to reveal by law before you sleep with someone?
Chris Wilson faces jail. That can’t be right.