New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans on Saturday to ban private and public health care insurers from covering conversion therapy, making it the first state in the country to prohibit such a practice through Executive Action.
It will also prohibit mental health facilities in the state from practicing conversion therapy on minors.
“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything this state stands for,” said Governor Cuomo, in the news release. “New York has been at the forefront of acceptance and equality for the LGBT community for decades – and today we are continuing that legacy and leading by example. We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”
California, Illinois, New Jersey and Oregon and the District of Columbia have banned the practice, which aims to change an person’s sexual orientation or gender identity with hormonal treatment, counseling, electroshock therapy, and other horrific methods.
In Virginia, opponents of the horrendous “treatment” have been working to get it conversion therapy banned in the state.
HB 427, put forth by Del. Hope, would have prohibited conversion therapy in Virginia, was laid on the table in a recent House General Laws subcommittee. Two similar bills were all but killed in a Senate subcommittee hearing where a VA legislator compared being gay to cancer.
Read more about the harmful effects conversion therapy can have on an individual here.