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New York State May Finally Repeal 'Walking While Trans' Loitering Law

New York State May Finally Repeal 'Walking While Trans' Loitering Law

1/22/2021 7:26:00 AM

New York State May Finally Repeal 'Walking While Trans' Loitering Law

Amidst a growing push to decriminalize sex work in New York State, Senate Democrats are planning to propose legislation that would repeal a loitering law that organizers and sex workers have long claimed is used by the police to harass and target trans people. The law they are trying to repeal, commonly known as the “walking while trans” law, specifically targeted loitering for the purpose of prostitution. Advocates say that the loitering law has resulted in increased police profiling, which has led to unjustified arrests and harassment of many lgbtq+ people, immigrants, as well as Black and Latinx people.\n

This will bethat a bill repealing the “walking while trans” law will advance in the upper chamber, and theDaily Newsreports that it is expected to pass in both the Senate and the Assembly, now that the Senate Democrats have a supermajority in the state legislature. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo first

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for repealing the law last year, and this year he included it among his “State of the State” policy priorities.Advertisementbeing sponsored byNew York Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, who has also sponsored the bill for the past few legislative sessions, as well as New York Senator Brad Hoylman.

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