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New legislation has been passed in the State of New York, that aims to protect gender diverse individuals from discrimination, and officially banning the dangerous act known as ‘Conversion Therapy.’

The new legislation which was passed by both chambers of the state legislature now halts any attempts by mental health professionals to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of minors.

The legislature also approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), that amends the New York Human Rights Law, adding gender identity and expression to explicitly protect transgender people from discrimination and harassment.

While a ban on conversion therapy was previously approved by the assembly in the State of New York, any such progress had repeatedly been blocked by Republicans in the Senate.

The 2018 November midterm elections, however, saw Democrats take charge of the Senate, finally allowing the successful vote this week.

Democratic Senator Brad Hoylman, who sponsored both bills, commented saying “So-called conversion therapy is child abuse—plain and simple.”

New York will then join 14 other states in the United States and the District of Columbia that already have legislation to protect youth from conversion therapy.

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