New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the state will be implementing a ban on so-called “conversion therapy” — psychological “treatment” that’s intended to alter or “convert” a person’s sexual orientation from LGBT to heterosexual.
Governor Cuomo called the practice of conversion therapy “intolerant” and “misguided.”
“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything that this state stands for. We will not allow the misguided and intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.
Under the conversion therapy ban, Medicaid, private health insurers and public health insurers are prohibited from covering therapy involving a child under the age of 18.
New York is now amongst a handful of states — four, plus the District of Columbia — that have implemented a ban on conversion therapy.
Nearly two dozen additional states are currently in the midst of considering conversion therapy bans.