New York to Ban Gender Identity Discrimination

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New York lawmakers voted to ban conversion therapy and gender identity discrimination, according to the Associated Press.

The decision now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign the bills into law. He praised the bills on Tuesday when they were passed. 

“This is an issue of basic fairness and today marks an historic day for those in the LGBTQ community who fought tirelessly for the passage of this bill,” he said in a statement, according to AP.

The first bill would stop licensed therapists from attempting to alter a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The second adds gender identity discrimination under hate crime laws, according to the New York Times. This would make it illegal to deny a person housing, accommodations or education based on gender expression or identity.