FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3rd, 2021

CONTACT: Michael Ivorymivory@council.nyc.gov / 646-940-0119

“The New York State Legislature made history yesterday by repealing the archaic “Walking While Trans” ban that unjustly targeted and punished Black, Latinx, and immigrant trans women in New York state. The Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution law, also known as the “Walking While Trans” ban, resulted in widespread police profiling, unjust arrests, harassment, and violence. Transgender New Yorkers were penalized and further marginalized by our criminal justice system under this statute for merely expressing their gender identity. 

We lift up the names of the trans women of color and community organizations that pushed for New York State to take action. None of this seemed possible a few months ago, but The Repeal the Walking While Trans Ban Coalition, GMHC, Make the Road NY, and so many others were relentless and steadfast in repealing this law. We must also thank Assembly Member Amy Paulin and Senator Brad Hoylman for their tireless advocacy in Albany for the LGBTQIA+ community that helped make yesterday’s vote possible. 

If we are to prevent further violence against our TGNCNB community, we must continue to dismantle laws that reinforce and uphold transphobia, homophobia, racism, and other forms of oppression in our criminal justice system.”

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