New York will likely approve a ban on LGBTI conversion therapy today (15 January).
The state is also planning to implement gender identity anti-discrimination laws, called the Gender Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA).
Bills on both matters have repeatedly passed the long-held Democratic majority of the State Assembly, but stalled at the Republican majority Senate.
But now Democrats control both, they’re pushing through sweeping reforms.
The conversion therapy ban will bar licensed therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of minors.
Similar laws are also in effect in 14 other US states.
‘So-called conversion therapy is child abuse, plain and simple,’ said Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan.
On the new gender identity and expression laws, Hoylman then added: ‘After a protracted 16-year battle, the Democratic majority will finally be able to shield transgender and gender-nonconforming New Yorkers from discrimination and hate.’
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign both bills.
New York strides towards equality
The state of New York just passed a law that requires baby changing tables in men’s toilets. It came into effect on New Year’s Day.
In September in last year, New York also began offering a third gender option on birth certificates.
The New York City Council and Board of Health voted to include a category X on these forms of ID. The change will begin starting 1 January 2019.
The new legislation also makes it so people don’t need a doctor’s or health care provider’s note to change their gender marker.
New York City joins previously locations in offering the third option, such as California and Oregon.