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Virginia becomes the first state in the South to ban gay and trans panic as a defense

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Gay and trans panic defenses can allow people charged with the murders 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."

(CNN)Approving a bill introduced by its only transgender lawmaker, Virginia became the first state in the South to ban "gay and trans panic" as a defense for murder or manslaughter.

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.

And for many years, people who committed violent crimes against LGBTQ people have claimed gay and trans panic as a defense, often arguing that the victim's gender identity or sexuality provoked them to kill in a crime of passion.

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