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Tell New York State Legislators: Condoms Aren't a Crime!

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Although condoms themselves aren’t illegal, in New York possessing condoms has been used as evidence contributing to arrest and prosecution for intent to commit prostitution.

The chilling effect is that sex workers are being discouraged from practicing safe sex. Sex workers and others are less likely to use condoms if they know that the police might consider possessing them evidence of intent to commit a crime. 

New York City has serious problems with HIV/AIDS and should be taking every possible step to encourage safe sex. Stopping the spread of disease, especially HIV/AIDS, should be our top priority, and this backwards policy puts all of us at risk.

Over 27,000 people already sent letters to the NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking him  to tell police forces to stop considering condoms as evidence of intent to commit any crime and by making public statements declaring that no one should be afraid to practice safe sex in their city.

Now, a bill in the state legislature would make it illegal to use condoms as evidence of intent to commit the crime of prostitution.

Tell the New York Codes Committees to vote YES on this vital, life-saving piece of legislation.

This petition was delivered to:
  • State Representative
    Brian Curran
  • State Senator
    John Flanagan
  • State Representative
    Luis Sepulveda
  • State Senator
    David Valesky
  • State Representative
    Nick Perry
  • State Representative
    Nily Rozic
  • State Representative
    Joseph Lentol
  • State Representative
    Sean Ryan
  • State Representative
    James Brennan
  • State Representative
    Charles Lavine
  • State Senator
    John Bonacic
  • State Senator
    John DeFrancisco
  • State Senator
    Lee Zeldin 3
  • State Representative
    Alfred Graf
  • State Representative
    Michael Montesano
  • State Senator
    Michael Ranzenhofer
  • State Representative
    James Tedisco
  • State Senator
    Velmanette Montgomery
  • State Representative
    Joseph Borelli
  • State Senator
    Andrew Lanza
  • State Senator
    Liz Krueger
  • State Representative
    Michael Fitzpatrick
  • State Senator
    Adriano Espaillat
  • State Representative
    Keith Wright
  • State Senator
    Terry Gipson
  • State Senator
    Bill Perkins
  • State Senator
    Toby Stavisky
  • State Senator
    Charles Fuschillo
  • State Senator
    Michael Nozzolio
  • State Senator
    Eric Adams
  • State Senator
    Daniel Squadron
  • State Senator
    Betty Little
  • State Senator
    Simcha Felder
  • State Senator
    Cecilia Tkaczyk
  • State Senator
    Kenneth LaValle
  • State Representative
    Helene Weinstein
  • State Representative
    Vivian Cook
  • State Representative
    Steven Cymbrowitz
  • State Senator
    Michael Gianaris
  • State Representative
    Michele Titus
  • State Representative
    Daniel O Donnell 2
  • State Representative
    Walter Mosley
  • State Representative
    Robin Schimminger
  • State Representative
    Steve Katz
  • State Senator
    Ruth Hassell-Thompson


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