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New York lawmakers poised to repeal 'Walking While Trans' loitering law

The 4-decade old law is sometimes known as 'Walking While Trans Law' because of who was targeted.

News 12 Staff

Jan 30, 2021, 4:20 AM

Updated 1,235 days ago

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State lawmakers are preparing to repeal a controversial law that many say unfairly targeted transwomen and people of color.
The 4-decade old law is sometimes known as 'Walking While Trans Law' because of who was targeted. The law was established in 1976, allegedly under the auspices to help police officers crack down on people they perceived to be prostitutes.
Lawmakers say it has been used to disproportionately go after members of the LGBTQ community and people of color in minority communities.
State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin is leading the charge to bring it to an end.
"It's the only law on the books that you get arrested and fingerprinted because of what you look like," says Paulin. "There's no other law on the books of what you're wearing or your gender or because you happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong moment that you can be arrested."
Both the state Assembly and state Senate are expected to vote on Tuesday on whether to strike the law from the books.


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