Brasil legalizes ‘gay cure’ therapy ruling that homosexuality is a disorder

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Brazil has re-legalised so-called “gay cure therapy” as a judge redefined homosexuality as a disease. Judge Waldemar Claudio de Carvalho overruled a 1999 resolution by the Federal Council of Psychology allowing psychologists to treat gay people. The federal judge in Brasília ruled in favour of a psychologist whose license was revoked for practising therapies aiming to ‘cure’ gay people, even though international health experts brand such practices as harmful and uneffective. The Council pledged to contest the ruling, with president Rogério Giannini insisting they would be successful, having fought off numerous legal challenges in the past. “There is no way to cure what is not a disease,” Giannini told the Guardian. “It is not a serious, academic debate, it is a debate connected to religious or conservative positions.”

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