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ny state assembly passes legislation to ban conversion therapy and genda

legislation would protect transgender and non-conforming new yorkers from discrimination

January 15, 2019

New York -- On Tuesday, the New York State Assembly passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and banned mental health professionals from using the practice of conversion therapy on patients under 18 years of age.

Assembly Member and Candidate for New York City Public Advocate Michael Blake said, “Today, we have taken two great strides forward in protecting LGBTQ and gender non-conforming New Yorkers with the passage of these bills. All New Yorkers deserve fairness and equality, and too many of our neighbors live in fear and question their sense of agency. As an Assembly Member, I am proud to have co-sponsored and voted on legislation that bans discrimination on the basis of gender and identity as well as harmful conversion therapies.”

“I’m running for Public Advocate so that I can continue fighting for #JobsAndJustice for all New Yorkers, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Dangerous rhetoric has created a deep division in our communities, and, we must continue fighting for civil rights and inclusive communities to ensure that everyone is able to live comfortably without the fear of discrimination,” said Blake.

GENDA expands protections provided under the Human Rights Law by prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, making transgressions designated as a hate crime under statue (A747, Gottfried).

The second bill prohibits the use of conversion therapy by mental health professionals with the intention of changing a patient’s sexual orientation if that patient is under 18 years of age (A576, Glick). Mental health professionals who violate this statute would be subject to professional misconduct and its applicable penalties.