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US states move to ban LGBT+ ‘panic defence’

US states move to ban LGBT+ ‘panic defence’

Lisa Kuhnhausen-Woods had never heard of the ‘panic defence’ – where an accused person says they acted violently due to the shock of finding out someone is gay or transgender – until the body of her missing 17-year-old daughter was found in a forest. The police have said that the man accused of murdering Nikki, […]

US: Congress Introduces Bill to Outlaw Gay/Trans ‘Panic’ Defence

US: Congress Introduces Bill to Outlaw Gay/Trans ‘Panic’ Defence

The Matthew Shepard Foundation has welcomed the introduction of the Gay and Trans Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2019. On June 5th, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) introduced bills in the United States’ Senate and House of Representatives, that would do away with the use of the gay and trans […]