Kamala Harris co-sponsored a bill in CA Legislature to eliminate the “gay/trans panic” defense in cases of murder or violent crime against LGBT people.

Gov. Brown signed the bill in 2014, making CA, along with Illinois, one of 2 states in the country to ban the plea.
Kamala Harris hosted a national conference focused on the so-called gay or transgender panic defense, which is often used as a "heat of passion" defense to argue manslaughter rather than a murder conviction, but is sometimes used as an excuse to justify other crimes.
According to Harris, the conference resulted in gender harassment educational materials that are now distributed to prosecutors throughout the nation and provided some support for the Gwen Araujo Justice for Victims Act.
Kamala Harris instrumental in making Gay/Trans panic defense illegal.

The new law, declares that it's against public policy for a defendant to play upon the bias of the jury, or for a jury to allow bias against the victim to enter into its decision-making.
"We need to be able to understand who the victims are and explain why who they are can never be argued as a justification for their demise," said San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who organized the conference. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
The panic strategy is commonly raised whenever a transgender woman is killed, said Chris Daley, executive director of the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco. sfgate.com/bayarea/articl…
Kamala Harris understands that trans people are under attack and need special protection.
Kamala Harris understands that negative social pressure and constant pain leads to suicide for vulnerable populations.
Kamala Harris knows how our most vulnerable are discarded by the majority and so she speaks loudly for us, the most targeted, the most easily forgotten.
Kamala Harris never forgets to pour one out with us.
Kamala Harris the truth teller never stops speaking it.
Kamala Harris files amicus brief in Gavin Grim "trans bathroom case"
2004, as DA, Kamala Harris established an LGBT hate crimes unit, which included a Victim Advocacy Unit, as well as a Sexual Assault Awareness Program.
At the time, these were some of the first programs to combat hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community in the country.
As California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris successfully defended a California law banning conversion therapy.
April 2017 Kamala Harris co sponsors the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act which when passed will ban the torture dubbed "Conversion Therapy" nationwide.
Kamala Harris with the follow up. Always on the details and making sure things stay on track. #LGBT #KHive
Kamala and Doug at pride.
Delonte has this video of Kamala Harris fighting for parental rights for gay parents back in 2009. Worth watching a true LGBT champion fighting for us 10years ago.
2018 Senators Kamala Harris and Tom Carper introduce the Census Equality Act,
to require the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure the approximately 10 million Americans who identify as LGBTQ are properly counted for and represented in Census data collection efforts.
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