Ban on Conversion Therapy in New York Being Repealed?

Amber Landon, Cougar Tales Editor

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Recently, the state of New York is contemplating removing their state’s ban of conversion therapy to avoid going to the Supreme Court about it. Conversion therapy is a nonscientific practice of trying to change one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Corey Johnson, the Council Speaker said that the court would act quickly to repeal the ban. The state of New York banned conversion therapy about two years ago. “Obviously I didn’t want to repeal this. I don’t want to be someone who is giving in to these right-wing groups.”

Council Speaker Corey Johnson

An Arizona based group called Alliance Based Freedom filed the lawsuit claiming that it takes away from freedom of speech.  The move is a strategy designed to neutralize a federal lawsuit filed against the city by a conservative Christian group.

Plenty of medical professionals have denounced the therapy, claiming that it actually just harms patients and just doesn’t work. The therapy also gives into the belief that your sexual orientation can be changed with this “therapy” An estimated almost 700,000 L.G.B.T adults aged 18-59 have received conversion therapy, including about 359,000 who received it as minors. “Conversion therapy is the ultimate form of rejection and the cause of many suicides among the L.G.B.T.Q. community,” said Matthew Shurka, the founder of Born Perfect, a group trying to outlaw conversion therapy.

 

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