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The Wall Street Journal: 'Gay Conversion' Ban Sought in New York

January 14, 2014 : By Mike Vilensky 

ALBANY—Gay-rights advocates and their legislative allies are making a push this year to ban so-called gay conversion therapy in New York, in hopes that a similar move by New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie provides momentum.

"Gay conversion therapy" refers to efforts by mental-health professionals to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual through psychological treatment sessions.

The practice is banned for minors in California and New Jersey and has been condemned by the American Psychiatric Association. Opposition to the bans has been strong in some evangelical Christian communities.


Senator Hoylman Nominates LGBT Center’s Carrie Davis for 2015 Woman of Distinction Award

Davis is first transgender woman to receive the annual Senate award

Hoylman: “Carrie is a role model for trans kids who might be struggling with their identity.”

ALBANY - Today, State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) presented Carrie Davis with the 2015 Woman of Distinction award for the 27th District. Carrie currently serves as the Chief Programs & Policy Officer at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) in New York City and is the first transgender woman to receive the Woman of Distinction Award, which is presented to a woman in each senate district each year.


Hoylman Statement on Robert Gates’ Call To End Boy Scouts of America’s Discriminatory Policy Toward LGBT Leaders

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “I'm pleased that Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America has publicly called to fully end his organization's discriminatory practices against LGBT people. If he truly believes the Boy Scouts’ policy is wrong however, Mr. Gates should act now and not wait for a protracted decision-making process by the Scouts' governing body."



Hoylman Blasts Senate Vote to Commemorate Boy Scouts of America with Official State License Plates

Hoylman: “This is a license to discriminate.”

ALBANY - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “This is a ‘license to discriminate.’ New York State should not be commemorating the Boy Scouts of America with official state license plates while this organization continues  to ban gay adults from being troop leaders and is under investigation by the State Attorney General for its employment practices.



Hoylman: “As a gay husband and father, I’m extremely proud to be an American today.” 

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) said: “As a gay husband and father, I’m extremely proud to be an American today. Today’s Supreme Court decision affirms the legal, cultural and social validity of my family throughout the entire country. As a Senator representing one of the largest LGBT communities in the world, I couldn’t be more grateful to the litigants and their attorneys – including former colleague Mary Bonauto of GLAD and my dear friend Doug Hallward-Driemeier of Ropes & Gray – and for pressing this momentous case forward. LGBT couples everywhere will now enjoy the same basic civil right that New York State granted back in 2011.


Hoylman Statement on Boy Scouts of America Vote to End Ban on Gay Adult Leaders

NEW YORK - State Senator Brad Hoylman said: “In my first month in office, I wrote to the leadership of the Boy Scouts of America and insisted that they remove any barriers to participation in the organization based on sexual orientation.


Senator Hoylman's Op-Ed on the Boy Scouts of America's Piecemeal Approach to Ending Gay Discrimination

Click here to read Senator Hoylman's op-ed published in The Guardian on July 29, 2015.

The Boy Scouts won't discriminate against gay men — but their affiliates will

By Brad Hoylman

Segregation is at its most insidious when it is justified under the pretext of official progress. If Jim Crow-era “separate but equal” racial segregation and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the failed military policy banning LGBT soldiers from serving openly, taught America anything, it’s that.