Sat. Virginia Bans Gay and Trans Panic Defense
For those of you who never heard of gay and trans panic defense, it means that if someone with straight privilege is charged with a crime against a gay or trans person, they can claim temporary insanity because of same-sex sexual advances. In other words, if you’re a gay guy and you make a pass at a straight guy he can literally beat you to death because he can say he was so traumatized by what you did. In the past, anything gay-related has always been considered offensive. It’s a defense that has been used over and over in the past.
And this just happened in Virginia…
Virginia is now the 12th state to ban the defense, which can allow people charged with the killing of LGBTQ people to receive a lesser sentence by “placing the blame for homicide on a victim’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,” according to the Williams Institute, UCLA Law’s LGBTQ think tank.
Here’s more. We’re still getting there, slowly but surely.