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“Conversion Therapy” Ban In Germany

By Charlotte Robinson, December 19, 2019
The Cabinet of Germany which is the country’s chief executive body consisting of Chancellor Angela Merkel & the cabinet of ministers approved a draft bill this week banning advertising & offering of “conversion therapy” practices to change, suppress, or divert sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The bill will now pass to Parliament for voting. If passed by both houses of parliament Germany will join Malta, Ecuador, Brazil & Taiwan to become only the 5th country in the world to ban “conversion therapy”. Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International stated, “It is incredibly encouraging to see the Cabinet of Germany taking this step towards banning 'conversion therapy' practices, sending a powerful message that LGBTIQ people are not in need of change or cure. Demand for “conversion therapy” will decrease only if acceptance of LGBTIQ lives grows. As such, legal efforts to tackle “conversion therapy” have to go hand in hand with measures designed to promote understanding & inclusion of LGBTIQ people. Germany is heading in this direction & I hope to see other countries follow suit!” The proposed bill will outlaw advertising or offering “conversion therapy”, prescribing a monetary penalty of €30,000 for infringement. Prior to approving the bill, the Cabinet expanded its reach to include banning the practice on 16 to 18 year olds as well as younger minors. OutRight Action International  headquartered in NYC is the only global LGBTQ specific organization with a permanent presence at the United Nations in New York that advocates for human rights progress for LGBTQ people.
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