The state of New York is following the steps of several states that have taken steps to discussing a ban the reparative or ex-gay aversion therapy that says it can “cure” homosexuality for anyone under the age of 18. Here’s more:
Two New York lawmakers are introducing legislation to ban gay conversion therapy for minors, the practice of trying to “cure” people of being gay or lesbian. The bill is modeled after a similar ban in California that was signed into law last year, but has been temporarily blocked pending areview by the federal courts.
Lila Shapiro at Huffington Post reports:
Despite the unresolved legal challenge, two New York state lawmakers from New York City, Sen. Michael Gianaris and Sen. Deborah Glick, both progressive Democrats, said the time was right to propose a ban.
“There are often challenges to any manner of legislation that is protecting of the LGBT community and you can’t sit on your hands and wait until things get resolved somewhere else,” said Glick, who became the first openly gay legislator in New York in 1990.
California has already signed a law banning ex-gay therapy for minors that is now being challenged in court. During their investigation of the potential side effects of the therapy, the task force assigned by California found several potentially life threatening issues that may arise due to this therapy:
The task force concluded that sexual orientation change efforts can pose critical health risks to lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, including confusion, depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, suicidality, substance abuse, stress, disappointment, self-blame, decreased self-esteem and authenticity to others, increased self-hatred, hostility and blame toward parents, feelings of anger and betrayal, loss of friends and potential romantic partners, problems in sexual and emotional intimacy, sexual dysfunction, high-risk sexual behaviors, a feeling of being dehumanized and untrue to self, a loss of faith, and a sense of having wasted time and resources.
Hopefully more states will take measures to ban this therapy for minors. There is still no sufficient evidence of any benefits of this therapy and to insist that homosexuality is something that needs to be fixed is appalling.