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Pockets, Purses, and Pants: LGBTQ New Yorkers Have the Right to Know

BY ANDREA RITCHIE | What do marijuana arrests, illegal gender searches, and the use of condoms as evidence all have in common? All are the product of discriminatory policing practices affecting LGBTQ communities, and particularly LGBTQ youth and transgender people of color. They also often take place during searches supposedly based on “consent.” The scene, described […]

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

NYPD to Curb Seizing Sex Workers’ Condoms

BY RYAN HOWE | New York City police will significantly limit the seizure of condoms as evidence during prostitution arrests, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced in a May 12 release. The former policy was criticized by advocacy groups and health officials for undermining the efforts to protect prostitutes and their clients from HIV and other STD […]

Assembly Approves Bill Barring Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution

Assembly Approves Bill Barring Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution

BY GERARD FLYNN & PAUL SCHINDLER | New York City has the nation’s largest HIV/ AIDS population, and no responsible public health official would ever advise against carrying condoms. But that’s exactly the decision made by some in the LGBT community as well as the sex industry. They are leaving them behind for fear that if […]