Legislation to repeal a criticized loitering law that some say is used by police to target transgender people is moving forward in New York state.

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Senate Democrats in the state will bring a bill that will strike down New York law that is related to loitering for the purpose of prostitution, called the “walking while trans,” law in committee next week, according to the New York Daily News.

“The Senate under my leadership has made it clear we stand for equality and justice,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) told the outlet. “For too long this loitering statute has been used to target LGBTQ people, communities of color and victims of sex trafficking. The Senate will be repealing this law.” Advocates have been calling for Democrats to repeal the law since 2019.

The change would help end discriminatory practices that target women from marginalized groups. “We are seeing history being made in regards to trans rights being prioritized, and the passage of this bill will improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers, and especially of Black and Brown trans women who have historically been targeted and unduly profiled simply for our existence,” said Kiara St. James of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group.

Governor Cuomo said he supported the repeal of the law and included it in state priorities for 2021.

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