NCTE in the present day introduced its assist for prison justice reform laws in Virginia that will ban the so-called “panic” protection from getting used to argue for lienancy in instances of hate crimes and violent crimes in opposition to LGBTQ individuals.
“The so-called ‘panic’ protection has been used to justify violence in opposition to transgender individuals for too lengthy and it’s time this authorized loophole is closed. Trans Virginians deserve the identical safety from violence as each different particular person. No excuses,” stated Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy government director for NCTE.
Regardless of securing vital authorized protections over the previous a number of a long time, LGBTQ people — particularly trans people — proceed to face surprising ranges of violent assault and homicide. The LGBTQ “panic” protection permits violent offenders to argue for a lesser punishment and even escape punishment altogether by claiming that the sudden realization of the sufferer’s gender identification or sexual orientation induced or excused their acts of violence.
The Virginia laws, HB 2132, was launched within the Home of Delegates by Del. Danica Roem of Manassas.
NCTE strongly helps Del. Roem’s laws to ban the usage of the LGBTQ panic protection, and we urge different members of the Legislature to assist this laws as nicely. We’re grateful that Virginia is taking a stand in opposition to a doctrine that, at its core, excuses violence based mostly on prejudice.