New York moves to ban ‘gay panic and trans panic’ defense, joining five other states

USA Today 
by Kristin Lam
June 19, 2019


New York lawmakers on Wednesday passed a ban on “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses in homicide cases, looking to end what advocates say are discriminatory legal strategies.

The bill will prevent perpetrators from justifying murder as a response to discovering a victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity or related characteristics.

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo expected to sign the bill, New York will join five other states who have already banned the defenses: California, Illinois, Rhode Island, Nevada and Connecticut.

The move comes amid a rise in hate crimes against LGBTQ people, with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs recording reports of 52 hate violence-relatedhomicides of LGBTQ people in 2017, the highest number ever recorded by the national organization aiming to reduce violence against the community.

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