Repeal the "Walking While Trans" Ban

On October 28, 2020, DID membership approved a Resolution in support of repealing the "Walking While Trans" ban.

The following letter was included with the resolution:

Hon. Carl E. Heastie
Speaker, NYS Assembly

Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins
NYS Senate Leader

Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo
NY State Governor

Hon. Tish James
NY State Attorney General

Dear Speaker Heastie, Leader Stewart-Cousins, Governor Cuomo, and AG James,

Enclosed please find a Resolution approved by Downtown Independent Democrats General Membership on October 28, 2020:

  • Repeal the "Walking While Trans” ban

The “Walking While Trans” ban is an excuse for the NYPD to disproportionately harass Black, Latinx, transgender women in New York City. Officially New York Penal Law §  240.37, "Loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense", the NYPD uses the “Walking While Trans” ban to target our trans neighbors, friends, and families of color in New York City. 

DID insists that the State legislature repeal this cruel and unusual policy. We ask State legislative leadership to promptly bring Assembly Bill 654 (Paulin and 65 other Assembly co-sponsors) and Senate Bill 2253 (Hoylman and 35 other Senate co-sponsors) to a floor vote, and finish this job.


Richard Corman
President, Downtown Independent Democrats


cc: Hon. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of NYC
Hon. Corey Johnson, Speaker, NYC Council
Cy Vance, Manhattan District Attorney
Dermot F. Shea, NYC Police Commissioner
Hon. Margaret Chin, NYC Council Member
Hon. Carlina Rivera, NYC Council Member
Hon. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senator
Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator
Hon. Carolyn Maloney, U.S. Representative
Hon. Jerrold L. Nadler, U.S. Representative

Hon. Nydia Velázquez, U.S. Representative
Hon. Brad Hoylman, NY State Senator
Hon. Brian Kavanagh, NY State Senator
Hon. Harvey Epstein, NY State Senator
Hon. Deborah J. Glick, NY State Assembly Member
Hon. Yuh-Line Niou, NY State Assembly Member
Hon. Scott M. Stringer, NYC Comptroller
Hon. Jumaane Williams, NYC Public Advocate
Hon. Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President

Read the resolution