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How the Drug War Is a Tool to Criminalize LGBTQ+ People

As we have seen with other minority groups, as laws were created to protect LGBTQ+ people from overt discrimination, and engaging in sexual acts with someone of the same gender was no longer a crime, law enforcement found new ways, such as drug possession, to replicate age-old practices of bias, abuse and profiling.

Law enforcement didn’t even have to change locations in most cases⁠: The same places, such as gay bars, that were already under surveillance became easy targets for drug arrests.