Advocates Call For End To Gay/Trans Panic Defense In New York

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Members of MetroJustice and the Out Alliance are calling for the end of what they say is a discriminatory legal defense. Gay or Trans panic is a legal defense in New York and most states. After a violent crime, defendants can argue that the discovery of a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity sparked a panic that caused them to react with violence.

Several people protested after police shot and killed a man in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Wednesday. The man reportedly had bipolar disorder and was known in the area.

NYC Police Fatally Shoot Unarmed Black Man

Police said they received calls about a man pointing a gun at people on the street in Brooklyn. The man was reportedly well known in the area as “mentally ill but generally harmless.”