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California Democrat Scott Wiener Drafts Bill That Would Overturn The “Loitering For Purpose Of Prostitution” Law That Critics Say Targeted Transgender Women

CBS Sacramento-


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.

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