Public Advocate Responds To New York State Repealing The 'Walking While Trans' Ban

February 2nd, 2021

Press Release

"I commend the state legislature and Governor, who finally repealed the 'Walking While Trans' ban today, and offer gratitude and congratulations to the advocates who have fought for years to achieve this progress. This law, which targeted and discriminated against transgender New Yorkers, particularly trans women of more color, has for many years carried on the kind of bias-based policing we saw at the height of the abuses of stop, question, and frisk. On the city level, we have been able to take some steps to combat the harm of this policy, including preventing the violation from serving as an impediment to employment, but only state action could fully eliminate this statute that enabled discrimination and empowered bigotry and violence.

"While celebrating this victory today, I look ahead to standing with dedicated advocates in the long and ongoing fight for true justice and equity for the transgender community."

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