The measure passed in both chambers of the state Legislature and was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The original 1976 law penalized loitering for the purpose of prostitution. But opponents said it was vague, and its enforcement used as a method of harassment and profiling.
I just signed legislation repealing the discriminatory "Walking While Trans" ban.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 2, 2021
For too long, trans people have been unfairly targeted & disproportionately policed for innocent conduct based solely on their appearance.
NY will never stop fighting for #LGBTQ rights & justice.
The repeal legislation noted that between 2012 and 2015, 85% of the arrests under the law were Black or Latina people.
"This outdated, discriminatory statute has led to hundreds of unnecessary arrests of transgender women of color and a broader culture of fear and intimidation for transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers," state Sen. Brad Hoylman said in a statement celebrating the repeal.
Cuomo, a Democrat, said, "Repealing the archaic 'walking while trans' ban is a critical step toward reforming our policing system and reducing the harassment and criminalization transgender people face simply for being themselves."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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