January 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm EDT | by Staff reports
N.Y. lawmakers seek conversion therapy ban
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New York State Capitol Building. (Photo by Canucklynn; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y.— Three New York lawmakers on Jan. 13 introduced measures that would ban so-called conversion therapy against LGBT minors.

State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D, WFP-Manhattan) and state Sens. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) put forth identical bills in their respective legislative chambers.

“Stronger laws to protect LGBT youth from being subjected to these unsafe and disproven practices are long overdue,” said Glick.

Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Nathan M. Schaefer applauded Glick, Hoylman and Gianaris for introducing the bills.

“Trying to change someone’s true identity through so-called therapy is a dangerous practice that can seriously harm our LGBT youth,” said Schaefer. “Anyone who says they can change an LGBT person from being who they are is preying off of fear and confusion to sell a practice that doesn’t work and causes lasting harm.”

A federal judge in November upheld New Jersey’s law that bans sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors.

Lawmakers in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia have recently introduced similar measures that seek to ban the practice.

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