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Greece bans LGBTQIA ‘conversion therapy’

Greece banned “conversion therapy” for minors, with the passage of a bill that mandates that psychologists or other health professionals need a person’s “explicit consent” to perform such treatment, or face fines and a prison term if they violate the law.

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Greece banned “conversion therapy” for minors, with the passage of a bill that mandates that psychologists or other health professionals need a person’s “explicit consent” to perform such treatment, or face fines and a prison term if they violate the law.

Photo by Despina Galani from Unsplash.com

“Conversion therapy” is the widely-used term used to describe practices attempting to change, suppress or divert one’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. It is also called reorientation therapy, reparative therapy, reintegrative therapy, or, more recently, support for unwanted same-sex attraction or transgender identities.

The newly-passed bill in Greece also bans advertising “conversion therapy”.

Elsewhere, Canada, New Zealand and France already criminalized “conversion therapy”.

There are also plans for Greece to ban surgeries on intersex infants and babies with atypical chromosomes that affect their reproductive anatomy in a manner that does not fit with the stereotypical definition of male or female.

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