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New York Senate Blocks Bills to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors and Protect Trans People

The New York Senate has blocked two bills passed by the Assembly last week — one banning gay conversion therapy for minors, as well as the Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Act (GENDA).

NyThe Empire State Pride Agenda reacts:

There is no good reason why two bills critically important to the lives of LGBT New Yorkers did not pass in the Senate this session. The Senate Leadership failed us today by not bringing these life-saving bills to the floor for a vote.

Without GENDA New York remains behind more than one third of the country that already provides protections for transgender individuals. By not passing the bill to protect LGBT youth from conversion efforts, our youth remain vulnerable to harm at the hands of quack therapists.

The failure of the Senate Leadership to bring these bills to the floor for a vote leaves thousands of transgender New Yorkers vulnerable to discrimination where we work and where we live. And children are left susceptible to dangerous and discredited conversion efforts in the offices of so-called therapists licensed by the State of New York.

We will not give up. We will hold our elected officials accountable for their failure yet again to protect LGBT New Yorkers.

HoylmanSenator Brad Hoylman, the gay conversion therapy bill's sponsor, reacted:

“It's bitterly disappointing that the State Senate bowed to partisan politics and failed to protect our kids in New York from so-called 'conversion therapy,' which considers homosexuality a sickness that needs to be cured. This bill had the votes to pass the Senate, virtually unanimous support from mental health professionals, and was modeled after legislation passed with bi-partisan support in California and New Jersey, where it was signed by Republican Governor Chris Christie.

The bottom line is until we change the leadership of the State Senate, New Yorkers can continue to expect forward-thinking bills to stall. Add conversion therapy to the pile of failed progressive initiatives in the Senate, which includes a decent minimum wage, codifying a woman's right to choose, the DREAM Act, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, and others. I want to thank Governor Cuomo, my co-sponsors Assembly Member Deborah Glick and Senator Mike Gianaris, my supportive Senate colleagues from both parties, the Empire State Pride Agenda, and the scores of individuals who shared their deeply personal stories about their experiences with sexual orientation change efforts. I will continue to work with all of them to outlaw this practice.”

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  1. I am happy that the trans bill failed. Trans activists opposed marriage equality in NY and trans bloggers wrote horrible things about gay people after it passed. Trans activists are anti-gay, and there is no such thing as LGBT.

    It is too bad about the conversion therapy bill. But I think that will get done in the next legislative session.

    Posted by: Dana | Jun 21, 2014 12:14:40 AM

  2. Dana: show me any evidence that a significant number of trans activists opposed gay marriage. You can't, because that never happened.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jun 21, 2014 12:27:59 AM

  3. This is pretty disappointing, New York. True, you've taught us over the years that you aren't nearly as liberal as you tell yourself you are when you're on TV. But we still hold you to a higher standard, because you can be better than that.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 21, 2014 3:25:46 AM

  4. "There is no good reason why two bills critically important to the lives of LGBT New Yorkers" not really.......

    Posted by: Christian | Jun 21, 2014 3:53:57 AM

  5. Yes, conversion therapy is totally wrong, but you can only control what parents do with their kids up to a point. While everyone here (including me) might consider it child abuse, until the child is eighteen, parents are in control of their mental health issues. It will be a while before this issue gets addressed on a national level and put to rest forever.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 21, 2014 6:59:09 AM

  6. How could anyone live in such a state? People need to move out of New York immediately. What a horrible place! Everyone get out of New York! Stay at your own peril! Sell your house... Quit your job... Say goodbye to everyone you know... Just get out of New York before they put you in a concentration camp.


    Okay, then, SHUT UP about Texas.

    Posted by: William Barret Travis | Jun 21, 2014 7:55:06 AM

  7. I look at the Senator's gay face, but think in his case it might have "worked"--look at how poorly he tied his necktie!

    Posted by: kdknyc | Jun 21, 2014 8:09:48 AM

  8. Some Democrats and Republicans join to attack the LGBT communities.

    Since they won they're going to be promoting violence.

    Watch yourselves.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jun 21, 2014 9:24:26 AM

  9. New York State senate is controlled by the GOP they can be as backward as the rest of the party nationally, no surprise here.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jun 21, 2014 9:48:03 AM

  10. Time for us all -- today -- to make a donation to shelters, organizations, etc., in New York that help LGBT kids.

    Posted by: Kit | Jun 21, 2014 9:51:16 AM

  11. You might consider a donation to the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ youth in New York: aliforneycenter.org

    Posted by: Kit | Jun 21, 2014 9:55:03 AM

  12. Once again, Republican's show their true anti-gay colors.

    Posted by: Kieran | Jun 21, 2014 11:15:37 AM

  13. Elections have consequences. Register. Vote. Especially in NY State. Vote out every last damned Republican in 2014, 2015, and 2016!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 21, 2014 1:25:43 PM

  14. It's disgusting considering New Yorkers elected a Democratic majority to the Senate and then a couple rouge members formed their own coalition, essentially giving control to the GOP.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jun 21, 2014 1:44:40 PM

  15. Kit, if you want to help LGB youth, stop telling them that they are transsexuals and hermaphrodites. They hear enough lies about themselves from the rest of the world without hearing more from you.

    Posted by: Jack | Jun 21, 2014 2:47:04 PM

  16. Jack, why are you telling young gay men that they're lesbians? Isn't that what you're saying when you lump them in with LGB?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jun 21, 2014 2:52:58 PM

  17. @Johnny, you assert that "parents are in control of their [child's] mental health issues," but give no supporting evidence.

    It is well established that the State can regulate in the interest of public welfare -- and toward that end the NY state legislative bodies are are well within their right to prevent mental health professionals from offering a procedure to minors that is known to be abusive and trauma-inducing.

    Posted by: Lars | Jun 21, 2014 3:30:07 PM

  18. I sure miss the days when we were "renegades", you know when we believed in equal rights for EVERYONE rather than just for those that are currently acceptable to society.

    Has everyone FORGOTTEN the involuntary commitments to psych facilities where ECT or even lobotomy were used to "convert" gay people to straight? Think it no longer happens? Think again, forced conversion therapy is equally if not more harmful psychologically than ECT!

    It should be equal rights for ALL not just some. Seems to me the community has forgotten our roots and our history both as lgbtq individuals, and as humans. Today's victories become shattered when the next anti-lgbtq majority gets into power. Not just Ts, not just Bs, not just Ls or Gs but ALL of us.

    So now gays are "acceptable" but Ts are not? - to think because LGB is not at risk for this sort of enforced conversion therapy/ camps, etc. would be dangerous self delusion on the part of our community.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 28, 2014 9:29:13 PM

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