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Mexico City lawmakers vote to outlaw LGBT+ conversion therapy

Mexico City lawmakers vote to outlaw LGBT+ conversion therapy

Lawmakers in Mexico City on Friday voted to ban conversion therapy, part of a small but growing movement to end the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Under Mexico City’s proposal, which needs further approval before taking effect, anyone who forces someone to undergo the practice can be punished […]

Instagram bans ‘conversion therapy’ content as opposition grows

Instagram bans ‘conversion therapy’ content as opposition grows

Instagram said on Friday it would block content that promotes so-called conversion therapy, which aims to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, as pressure to ban the practice grows. The social media giant announced earlier this year it would no longer allow adverts for conversion therapy services, which can range from counselling and […]

Albania: Psychologists barred from conducting gay ‘conversion therapy’

Albania: Psychologists barred from conducting gay ‘conversion therapy’

Albania’s leading psychologists’ organisation has barred members from carrying out so-called ‘conversion therapy’, as countries around the world consider laws to ban the controversial practice. The Order of Psychologists said members would face disciplinary proceedings if they carried out the treatment, which is based on the belief that being gay or transgender is a mental […]

Germany bans ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors

Germany bans ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors

Germany has banned so-called ‘gay conversion therapy’ for minors, as a growing number of countries review legislation regarding the controversial practice. German lawmakers voted on Thursday to prohibit so-called ‘conversion therapies’ for anyone aged under 18, but stopped short of an outright ban, with advertising or offering treatment carrying fines of 30,000 Euros, or up […]

9 Countries Seek to Ban Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

9 Countries Seek to Ban Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

From electric shocks to ‘praying away the gay’, global momentum is growing to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’, with bills drawn up in nine countries, a rights group said on Wednesday. The United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, and Germany are among countries seeking to outlaw the treatment, based on the belief that being gay or transgender […]

Australian state mulls first gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Australian state mulls first gay ‘conversion therapy’ ban

An Australian state is considering the nation’s first ban and jail sentences for so-called gay conversion therapy, a bid that has sparked division more than two years after the country legalised same-sex marriage. The northeastern state of Queensland introduced a bill in November that would prohibit conversion therapy, with its top health official labelling the […]

US: AMA will support ban on conversion therapy

US: AMA will support ban on conversion therapy

The US physicians’ group, the American Medical Association, announced on Tuesday it would begin supporting a ban on so-called conversion therapy, as well as working toward more inclusive healthcare record-keeping for transgender patients. […] “It is clear to the AMA that the conversion therapy needs to end in the United States, given the risk of […]

US: End of a ‘cure’? Ban on gay conversion therapy gains ground

US: End of a ‘cure’? Ban on gay conversion therapy gains ground

Growing up in a conservative, Christian cult in Missouri, Brad Reubendale says being gay was not an option. “I couldn’t wear shorts and short sleeves or go to amusement parks or watch TV, much less say ‘I’m gay’”, Reubendale told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from his Denver home.

Google barred from LGBT+ equality index over ‘life-threatening’ app

Google barred from LGBT+ equality index over ‘life-threatening’ app

One of the United States’ top LGBT+ charities ejected Google from a gay and transgender rights ranking on Thursday for hosting an app that advises people on how to “recover” from same-sex attraction. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) suspended the tech company from its Corporate Equality Index, which ranks US companies on the benefits they offer […]

Anti-LGBT+ abuse stokes mental health struggles in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Anti-LGBT+ abuse stokes mental health struggles in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Growing up in an evangelical Christian family in Brazil, life was pretty tough for Ariel Nobre. Designated female at birth, the 31-year-old transgender man was sent to a gay conversion therapy centre when he was just 18. “They wanted to cure me”, Nobre told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “I stayed there six months. After I […]