France Bans Conversion Therapy
The French Senate supported a ban on conversion therapy in the first reading. By law, individuals who attempt to change their LGBTQI+ sexual orientation and gender identity face imprisonment and fines.
The initiative, submitted by a majority last month won the full support of Parliament, which ended with execution by the Senate last week.
France’s equality minister Elisabeth Moreno said: “Being yourself is not a crime and so-called conversion therapy is an unbearable attack on human integrity. Homosexuality and trans-identity are not diseases that can be cured.” The therapy aimed at converting queer people into heterosexuals is a scientifically condemned practice that has been used in many countries.
The law provides for up to 2 years in prison and a fine of up to 30 thousand euros, which may be increased.
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