Ban The "Gay Panic" & "Trans Panic" Legal Defense In New York State

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The gay panic defense is a legal defense, usually against charges of assault or murder. A defendant using the defense claims they acted in a state of violent temporary insanity because of unwanted homosexual advances from another individual. The defendant alleges to find the same-sex sexual advances so offensive and frightening that it brings on a psychotic state characterized by unusual violence.

Trans panic is a similar defense applied in cases of assault, manslaughter, or murder of a transgender individual, with whom the assailant(s) reportedly engaged in sexual relations unaware of the victim's birth gender until seeing them naked, or further into or post coitus.

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Help me to ban this defense from being allowed in courtrooms in the state of New York, something that Gov. Andrew Cuomo already proposed a few months ago, but was rejected by lawmakers because it would 'place limits on defense strategies', however these protections are necessary to ensure that our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters' murderers and assaults are punished and not given shorter sentences because of an anti-lgbt+ legal defense based on discrimination.