Pa Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban Gay And Trans Panic Defense

02.28.20 | Brandon Dickson

“Gay and trans panic” serves to excuse criminal actions against the LGBTQ community and receive a lesser sentence or avoid conviction by placing blame on the victim’s identity.

That defense, which has been used to previously excuse assaults and murders, has already been outlawed in several states, including New York.

Similar legislation has also been introduced in the Pennsylvania senate.

Nine states have already outlawed the defense, including New York.