Ban Gay and Transgender Panic Defense Nationwide!

Ban Gay and Transgender Panic Defense Nationwide!

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Ariel Rubin started this petition to Representative Nancy Pelosi and

The Gay Panic Defense is a legal defense which one can use in 42 states around the country in cases of assault and murder against a gay person. Similarly, the Trans Panic Defense goes the same way, only with a transgender individual. Rather than it be treated like the hate crime it is, the accused person can declare "temporary insanity" and claim that they did what they due to a panic over the other person being gay or transgender.

As of August 2019, there are only 8 states that ban the use of both the gay and trans panic defenses, two of them in effect starting on October 1st, 2019. These states are Connecticut, New York, Nevada, Illinois, Hawaii, Maine, Rhode Island, and California.

In 2018, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA) introduced bills to ban the use of the gay and trans panic defenses nationwide. However, the bills died in committee.

In June 2019, the bill was reintroduced in Congress as an amendment to Title 18 in order to ban the use of both gay and trans panic defenses as a legal defense for assault and murder. By amending Title 18 to ban the use of these defenses, it would officially make the assault and murder of Gay and Transgender individuals a hate crime in all 50 states.

Sign this petition today to urge Congress and the Senate to stand up for what's right and have this bill passed! Show them that we want change!

 

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