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Latimer proposes ban on conversion therapy

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Executive George Latimer introduced legislation to ban conversion therapy for minors. That is the practice of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The legislation would ban the use of the therapy in the county and impose criminal and financial penalties on those who offer or provide that therapy to minors.

“Here is Westchester we want our children to be safe and accepted – as they are,” Latimer said. “Conversion therapy is damaging and dangerous, and the medical community has rejected the practice of such therapy. I want us, as a county, to focus on creating environments where all people are accepted and supported – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The legislation came from a recommendation of the county’s LGBTQ Advisory Board. Its chairman, Christopher Oldi, said the board “believes that the County of Westchester has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors against exposure to the damage caused by efforts to alter sexual orientation or gender identity.”

 


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