City Council urges state Legislature to repeal 'Walking While Trans' law

The City Council is urging the state Legislature to repeal of a New York penal law that many members say targets the transgender community.

News 12 Staff

Dec 10, 2020, 11:10 PM

Updated 1,254 days ago

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The City Council is urging the state Legislature to repeal a New York penal law that many members say targets the transgender community. 
They passed a resolution Thursday in their monthly meeting--urging the state Legislature to pass and the governor to sign a bill that would repeal Section 240.37 of the New York Penal Law, known commonly as Walking While Trans. 
The law pertains to loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense. 
A second resolution also addressed the bill that would retroactively seal any prior records for this offense. 
Several members stated that the law unfairly targets the LBGTQ community, specifically trans people. 
It will still need to be voted on by the state Legislature. It is on the floor calendar for the Assembly but not yet for the Senate.


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