LeGaL's Solutions for Legislative Advocacy and Policy ("SLAP") group pushes for the adoption of policies that protect the civil rights of LGBTQ New Yorkers.
Preserving Justice & Banning “Panic” Defense
Assembly: O’Donnell (A5001), Senate: Hoylman (S50)
Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)
Assembly: Gottfried (A3358), Senate: Hoylman (S7010)
Banning Conversion Therapy
Assembly: Glick (A03977), Senate: Hoylman (S263)
Preserving Parental Custody Rights:
Assembly: No Sponsor, Senate: Hoylman (S97)
Every leading medical organization has unanimously and
unequivocally recognized that the identities of LGBT people should not be targeted for change. Few practices hurt LGBTQ youth more than attempts to change their sexual orientation or gender identity through so-called “conversion therapy,” which can be deadly.
— Eric Lesh, Executive Director, LeGaL
LGBT New Yorkers should not have to live in fear that being out could provide justification for violence against them. So-called “gay panic” or “trans panic” defenses in our criminal justice system use the sexual orientation or gender identity of victims to explain or excuse a defendant’s targeted violence. It is time for New York to join other states in banning these harmful legal defenses.