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US: Appeals court voids sth Florida bans on conversion therapy for children

US: Appeals court voids sth Florida bans on conversion therapy for children

(Reuters) – A divided federal appeals court on Friday struck down laws in south Florida, that prohibited therapists from offering so-called conversion therapy to children struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a 2-1 decision, the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals said the laws in Boca Raton and Palm Beach county were […]

Suicide prompts Indian state to mull LGBT+ conversion therapy ban

Suicide prompts Indian state to mull LGBT+ conversion therapy ban

When Aswathi told her parents she was a lesbian, they took her to a nun and then to a doctor, who wanted to run hormone tests to make her straight – one of thousands of LGBT+ Indians subjected to conversion therapies that are now facing a possible ban. Aswathi’s mother cried that her 22-year-old daughter […]

New Zealand, Canada move to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy

New Zealand, Canada move to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy

New Zealand’s centre-left government pledged on Monday to ban so-called LGBT+ conversion therapy if re-elected later this month as expected, following other countries that have outlawed the discredited practice. In Canada, the government reintroduced a bill last week to criminalise conversion therapy, which is any treatment designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender […]

Queensland first Australian state to ban gay conversion therapy

Queensland first Australian state to ban gay conversion therapy

Queensland has become the first state in Australia to criminalise so-called gay conversion therapy after regional lawmakers voted on Thursday to make the practice illegal. Under the new law, healthcare professionals could face up to 18 months in jail for attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity using practices such […]

Opinion: A Call To Ban Conversion Therapy in the UK

Opinion: A Call To Ban Conversion Therapy in the UK

Mathew Hulbert writes on the British government’s investigation to outlaw the anti-gay practice.

Dutch gov’t uncovers holiday camps for ‘conversion therapy’

Dutch gov’t uncovers holiday camps for ‘conversion therapy’

In the Netherlands, 15 organisations and individuals offer so-called ‘conversion therapy’, aiming to make gay people straight, the health ministry said, as it mulls a ban on the discredited practice, which can cause severe mental health problems. The treatments sometime take place in holiday camps and workshops, the ministry said in a study commissioned after […]

UN expert calls for global ban on ‘cruel’ conversion therapy

UN expert calls for global ban on ‘cruel’ conversion therapy

A top UN expert urged global governments on Monday to ban the “degrading” practice, known as conversion therapy, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The call came as new United Nations research said the widely discredited treatment was used in at least 100 countries, despite no scientific evidence that sexual […]

Germany: Health minister submits law to ban conversion therapy

Germany: Health minister submits law to ban conversion therapy

Germany’s health minister submitted a draft law to ban so-called conversion therapy for minors on Monday, as a global movement, to end discredited practices aiming to change a person’s gender identity, or sexual orientation, gathers pace. The bill proposed by Jens Spahn, who is openly gay, would punish those carrying out conversion therapy on under-18s, […]

Dominic Hannigan calls for ban on gay conversion programmes

Dominic Hannigan calls for ban on gay conversion programmes

Dominic Hannigan, the Labour Party’s European Election candidate in the Midlands North West constituency, has called for a ban on gay conversion programmes in Ireland. Mr. Hannigan – one of the first two openly gay TDs elected to Dáil Éireann – said that, if elected, he will work towards progressing a Europe-wide solution to the […]

India: Doctors go from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

India: Doctors go from ‘conversion’ to conversation on LGBT+ issues

It started with a homophobic post on social media. Dr. Prasad Raj Dandekar, a radiation oncologist based in Mumbai, was scrolling through his Facebook feed one evening several years ago, when he saw a colleague had posted an anti-gay comment. “I commented saying, ‘This isn’t appropriate; maybe you don’t mean it’,” Dandekar told the Thomson […]