Gay conversion therapy may become illegal in New York.
A proposed bill, sponsored by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, aims to fine people $1,000 for each violation of a new law.
Mark-Viverito said: ‘The idea that you can change a person’s sexual identity though some kind of conversion therapy is just barbaric, just ridiculous,’ reports the Daily News.
The proposed bill goes further than laws passed elsewhere in the country that ban minors from the practice, by also barring adults.
In the proposal, those who do such therapy for free, such as clergy members, would not be affected. But the moment therapists charge for their services, they can be hit with a fine.
Stephen Hayford, legislative director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said the law is unfair.
He believes if a consenting adult would like to go through with the therapy, they should be allowed to do so.
The bill is fast-tracked to a hearing on Monday (19 June).
LGBTI activists hold dance party against gay conversion therapy
Just this weekend, LGBTI activists in San Diego protested a national conference on the harmful practice hosted by the Revived Hope Network.
The event page on Facebook said: ‘This party is about LGBTQ pride, but it is also about protesting. So bring your most gender-bending style, your rainbow flags, your extravagant drag, your perfectly queer selves!’
The family-friendly event invited protesters to a ‘super queer dance party for a super queer cause.’ And it didn’t disappoint.
The group also hosted an LGBTI Faith Community Call to Love.
In 2012, California banned all gay conversion therapy.
It was the first state with such a law.