Trying to change someone’s true identity through so-called therapy is a dangerous practice that can seriously harm our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, by not only denying their true identities, but by trying to change who they are.

That’s why we’re working with Assembly Member Deborah Glick (A4958) in the State Assembly and Senators Brad Hoylman and Michael Gianaris (S121) in the State Senate to pass a law that would ban this damaging practice and protect LGBT children from harm. This legislation would protect LGBT minors from psychological abuse at the hands of so-called medical professionals who try to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Facts about the Bill to Protect LGBT Youth

The bill would clearly stop so-called medical professionals from trying to “convert” the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors. 

How New York State stacks up:


How current New York State law allows a dangerous practice:


How ending this practice would protect New Yorkers:


Medical and psychological organizations oppose efforts to change LGBT people:

• American Medical Association
• American Psychological Association
• American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
• American Academy of Pediatrics
• American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
• American Counseling Association Governing Council

• American Psychoanalytic Organization
• American School Counselor Association
• National Association of Social Workers
• Pan American Health Organization
• World Professional Association for Transgender Health

History of so-called “reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy”: