New York State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblymember Deborah Glick are hard at work this week to ban “conversion therapy” for minors. The New York Assembly passed the bill two weeks ago, however it has yet to move forward in the Senate, and has failed to pass in the Senate three years in a row. Sen. Hoylman and Rep. Glick, both openly LGBTQ, are lobbying their colleagues and working across party aisles to pass this legislation and protect LGBTQ youth.
Conversion therapy is almost universally discredited within the medical and psychological communities. Research has shown the practice is associated with extreme health risks for youth, such as depression and substance abuse. This legislation will prohibit LGBTQ youth from being forced to undergo this abusive medical practice.
Victory Institute is proud of the Sen. Hoylman and Assemblymember Glick for leading the charge in pushing this bill forward. Their work is an example of why we need more openly LGBTQ voices in state legislatures to fight for equality.