Studies have shown a close association between criminalized sex and high-risk behaviors that put people at risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections. These laws also stigmatize already vulnerable people who may have to engage in sex work to meet their basic needs.
These laws have had detrimental impacts on the public health of our communities. People who are prosecuted for sex work are often impaired in their ability to maintain their health. They also often experience challenges with housing and food security.
GMHC was a part of coalition that advocated for the repeal of the “Walking While Trans” ban and is a member of the steering committee of Decrim NY, a coalition of current and former sex workers, allies, and organizational partners seeking to decriminalize, decarcerate, and destigmatize the sex trades in New York City and State.
We look forward to continue working with our elected officials on further reforms to our legal system that ensure equitable treatment and support the health of our communities.