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Tue Mar 9, 2021, 09:45 AM

Bay Area lawmaker wants to repeal an anti-loitering code used to target trans women

A California state senator introduced a bill Monday night to repeal a law commonly known as “walking while trans” that advocates say has led to decades of discrimination against the transgender community, particularly Black and brown trans women.

State Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat representing San Francisco and neighboring areas, drafted SB 357, which would overturn the “loitering for purpose of prostitution” law.

When California’s current anti-loitering code went into effect in 1995, the intention was to make it easier to arrest a person before they engaged in sex work, Wiener said.

“It’s just a horrible law, and it’s really un-American,” Wiener said. “If you are a woman and you are dressed in tight or revealing clothing and you’re in an area where sex work is known to happen, some police officer might decide you are loitering for the purposes of prostitution and arrest you.”

Should not be necessary.

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