In response to news reports that the Texas Republican Party adopted an anti-LGBT stance at its annual convention, including an endorsement of so-called conversion therapy, State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) decried the Texas GOP’s insensitivity and urged passage of his legislation that would protect minors in New York from this harmful practice.
“This alarming development in Texas is proof that we have urgent work to do here at home in terms of banning the despicable practice of conversion therapy,” Gianaris said. “New York has long been a leader in the fight for LGBT rights and we need to lead our entire country away from the idea that a child’s sexual orientation would ever need to be converted.”
Senator Gianaris, along with Senator Brad Hoylman and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, sponsors legislation that would ban sexual orientation change efforts on minors in New York. The three lawmakers recently held a forum on the issue, where experts testified against the pseudo-science behind conversion therapy and victims shared their personal experiences of harm caused by this practice.