You are reading

Gianaris renews call to end ‘conversion therapy’

gianaris-250x250April 9, 2015 By Michael Florio

In the wake of President Barack Obama’s recent comments condemning “conversion therapy,” State Sen. Mike Gianaris has renewed his call to ban the practice in New York.

Gianaris, who co-sponsored a bill in 2013 that would ban conversion therapy for minors, is calling on his fellow legislators again to pass it.

Conversion therapy, which has been debunked by scientists for decades, involves a range of psychological treatments that aim to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual.

The bill Gianaris is championing [S4917B] would prohibit mental health care professionals from trying to change a person’s sexual orientation who is under 18 years of age.

“President Obama joined the chorus of voices calling for the end of this abhorrent practice, and it is up to us to respond quickly and firmly,” Gianaris said.

The New York senate bill reads, in part:

“Being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming,” it states. The bill also notes that the therapy does not put forward the case that the individual may experience “happiness and satisfying interpersonal relationships as a gay man or lesbian.”

Gianaris said that the conversion therapy is based on intolerance and not psychology.

“For New York to live up to its role as a leader in the fight for LGBT rights, we need to protect children from this intolerant pseudo-science,” Gianaris added.

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 
David

Maybe Gianaris could focus his time on things that actually impact his district, eg, infrastructure improvements, instead of writing fluff bills to gin up donations and pad his credentials for the next election. I think conversion therapy is a terrible thing, but I wouldn’t put banning it as a priority for the district. Someone more focused on this neighborhood’s needs should challenge him in the next primary.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Gunman who fired shots at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City remains at large: NYPD

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria and PSA 9 are continuing their search for a gunman who allegedly opened fire at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City last month.

The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 18, when officers responded to a 911 call and a ShotSpotter activation for multiple shots fired at 21-25 35 Ave. at the Ravenswood Houses NYCHA complex just after 2 a.m., according to authorities.

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.