Tag Archive | conversion therapy

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 […]

Israel:  Doctors ban gay conversion therapy as risks ‘mental damage’

Israel: Doctors ban gay conversion therapy as risks ‘mental damage’

A ban on conversion therapy by Israeli doctors will help protect gay people from treatments that claim to make them straight, but more work needs to be done with religious groups that support controversial ‘cures’, activists said on Wednesday. Members who perform conversion therapy could now be expelled from the Israel Medical Association (IMA), which […]

UK: ‘Wake-up call’ as medics push LGBT towards conversion therapy

UK: ‘Wake-up call’ as medics push LGBT towards conversion therapy

One in 20 British LGBT+ people have been pressured to undergo conversion therapy while getting healthcare, rising to one in five among transgender people, a charity said on Thursday. LGBT+ patients experience “shockingly high level of hostility and unfair treatment”, with many avoiding medical care as a result, Stonewall said in a report based on […]

Uniting Network Australia calls for end to LGBT Conversion Therapy

Uniting Network Australia calls for end to LGBT Conversion Therapy

Uniting Network, the LGBTIQ network within the Uniting Church of Australia, is not surprised by the horrendous impact on members of the LGBT community reported in a study entitled, Preventing Harm, Promoting Justice – Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia, which was released this week.   The report highlights the individuals interviewed: • knew […]