New York makes it much harder to access anti-LGBT conversion therapy for minors
New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.
For several years, legislators in the state of New York have been trying to ban anti-LGBT conversion therapy for youth. Unfortunately, those bills keep stalling.
As a way to block access to conversion therapy in the meantime, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took executive action. Now, conversion therapy will no longer be covered by public or private health insurance, and New York mental health facilities will not be allowed to give the therapy to minors.
“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice” that punishes people “for simply being who they are,” Cuomo said in a statement.
It’s unclear how prevalent the practice is in New York. Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately respond to inquiries Saturday; nor did a handful of New York mental health organizations. A spokeswoman for the New York Health Plan Association, an insurers’ group, was unsure.
This is a good interim solution, but my fingers are still crossed for legislative action that protects LGBT youth from conversion therapy once and for all.