Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy for minors now banned in Erie County

Mar 5, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A controversial treatment that is intended to change one's sexual orientation or gender identity is now illegal to practice on minors in Erie County. On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed a local law banning conversion therapy on anyone under 18 years old.


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Erie County legislators Thursday banned a controversial technique called gay conversion therapy. The widely discredited program claims it can "cure" a gay child and turn them straight.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

No one showed up for an Erie County Legislature public hearing Thursday night to support conversion therapy. The county is considering a proposal to ban the controversial therapy aimed at "curing" homosexuality.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Erie County Legislature Patrick Burke is throwing his hat into the ring for New York State Assembly. Burke officially launched his candidacy Tuesday for the 142nd District. 

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

A California Congressman introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 to stop conversion therapy. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently spoke with a local member of Buffalo's LGBTQ community who decries the method.    

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New York's mental health leaders are uniting to condemn psychological treatments designed to alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The debate continues over a proposed ban on gay conversion therapy in Erie County. County legislator Patrick Burke is sponsoring a law to make the practice illegal. Members of the LGBTQ community testified against the practice at a legislature committee meeting Thursday, calling it "barbaric."

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An Erie County lawmaker wants to put an end to conversion therapy on youths. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Legislator Patrick Burke has introduced a local law that would ban the practice.   

Mental health professionals would be banned from practicing conversion therapy with patients under the age of 18 for the purpose of changing their sexual orientation under a measure passed by the State Assembly.

Cuomo bans conversion therapy in New York

Feb 7, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday announced a series of comprehensive regulations to prevent the practice of so-called lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender “conversion therapy,” which has been deemed harmful to patients by a wide variety of leading medical and mental health professionals.

Photo from WNY Against Conversion Therapy Facebook page

Two state lawmakers from Buffalo are calling to ban a controversial practice known as Conversion Therapy.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with the coordinator of the newly formed organization fighting against a method they say is anti-gay.