Executive Latimer introduces bill banning conversion therapy

Posted: Updated:
WHITE PLAINS -

Westchester County Executive George Latimer introduced a new bill Friday that would ban conversion therapy for minors – a controversial practice that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Judy Troilo, the executive director of the LOFT, called the bill critical although she doesn't know any therapists in Westchester who practice conversion therapy.

“If it's not a law, it's still a possibility,” she said.

Dr. A.C. Demidont, of Anchor Health Alliance, says that possibility can have brutal effects on all those who go through the therapy, which, she says, has already been proven to be ineffective.

“There are serious side effects of conversion therapy for kids, adolescents and adults, including increased depression, anxiety, and suicidality,” says Dr. Demidont.

Executive Latimer is pushing to have Westchester join municipalities like New York City and Albany and states like California, Connecticut, and New Jersey, which have already banned the therapy.

It will now go in front of the county Board of Legislators.

More than 1,000 people showed up to celebrate LGBT pride in White Plains Saturday. The event was organized by the LOFT, an LGBT community services center.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."