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Cuomo signs 'walking while trans' repeal

Feb 03, 2021 3:00 pm

Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, on Tue., Feb. 2, signed a repeal of portions of the measure that has come to be known as the "walking while trans" law. In 1976, state lawmakers approved a law meant to bar loitering by prostitutes, one of the many efforts at the time to curb urban blight. But the measure over the years has been increasingly viewed as discriminatory toward women, especially women of color and transgender people. "New York today corrects an injustice in our penal code that has permitted law enforcement to arrest transgender women — namely those of color, along with immigrants and LGBTQ youth — simply for walking down the street and the clothes they wear," said the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Brad Hoylman. "This outdated, discriminatory statute has led to hundreds of unnecessary arrests of transgender women of color and a broader culture of fear and intimidation for transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers." Cuomo signed the measure almost immediately after it was passed in both houses. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.

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