SACRAMENTO — California is a step closer to repealing an anti-loitering law that, LGBTQ advocates say, allows legislation enforcement to target transgender women of all ages and gals of coloration merely due to the fact of innocuous aspects like how they costume or wherever they stand on the avenue.

State legislators gave ultimate acceptance Friday to SB357, by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, which would repeal a 1995 regulation that prohibits loitering in public spots with the “intent to dedicate prostitution.” On the other hand, the Senate won’t ship the monthly bill to the governor until finally early future year, so the remaining word on its fate will be delayed.

Wiener explained the current loitering legislation is composed so vaguely that it has led to police officers and prosecutors profiling trans, Black and Latino women of all ages. Opponents have dubbed this kind of regulations “walking while trans” bans since of complaints of discrimination.

“When law enforcement arrests individuals who ‘look like’ they could be sex employees, simply just because of how they look or dress, it makes it more durable to find and help those people who are staying trafficked,” Wiener reported in a statement. “Giving folks prison records for just standing all over is erroneous, and we want to reverse this regulation.”