Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Reparative Therapy Ban Introduced in New York

From Gay RVA

Two New York City state lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill that seeks to ban the controversial practice of gay-to-straight “conversion” therapy, also known as reparative therapy
The measure, introduced by state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Rep. Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), would bar mental health providers from trying to change the sexual orientation of anyone under the age of 18, and is modeled after a similar measure in California
Hoylman, the state senate’s only openly gay lawmaker, said the controversial treatment is not good for the individual or society
“It not only is impossible, but it is detrimental to young people to attempt to convert them,” he said. “It also increases the stigma in society and creates a culture of unacceptance for young gay and lesbian people.”

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