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.