Last week, SB 233 passed the Committee on Public Safety and is now headed to the California State Assembly for a vote. SB 233 would improve public health and safety, particularly for the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community who call the Golden State home.
The legislation would ensure that possession of condoms does not qualify as probable cause for a prostitution-related arrest, which would encourage safer sex practices both among sex workers and the population at large. In addition, the bill would allow sex workers to seek redress when they are the victims of crime without fearing prosecution. The most marginalized members of the LGBTQ community – including transgender individuals, LGBTQ people of color, and LGBTQ youth – are disproportionately impacted in sex work. Ensuring that a person carrying multiple condoms or reporting a violent crime cannot themselves be arrested for a prostitution-related offense is an important step toward realizing fundamental fairness and equality for all.
Contact your state assembly members and tell them to Vote YES on SB 233
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