NYC Counselor Coercion Bill Enacted

Last year, Albany Update reported on a proposal to ban various types of sexual orientation change efforts in New York City. Unfortunately, that proposal has now become law.

On November 30, 2017, the New York City Council passed Int. 1650A-2017 (the New York City Counselor Coercion Law), which would bar anyone from receiving fees for assisting an adult or a minor in efforts to change their sexual orientation. On December 31, 2017, the bill became law without the signature of Mayor Bill de Blasio. The law will go into effect on April 30, 2018.

The New York City Counselor Coercion Law is even worse than the state-level Counselor Coercion Bill that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has fought against in Albany for several years. The New York City Counselor Coercion Law does not ban change therapy for clients under the age of 18; it bans change therapy for clients of all ages. In addition, the legislation does not just bar mental health professionals from helping clients to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction; it bars anyone—including life coaches—from receiving compensation for providing such assistance. Thankfully, pastors and other persons who provide counseling free of charge are not affected by the new law.

The New York City Counselor Coercion Law is based on two lies. The first is the lie that homosexual behavior is normal and healthy. The second is the lie that a person’s sexual preferences cannot change. Sadly, these two lies have been accepted by many in 21st-century America—including many Christians. At Legislative Day, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Jr.—a clinical psychologist—is scheduled to speak on this important topic. We hope you’ll join us.