European Parliament condemns gay ‘cure’ therapy and states that it should be forbidden in all countries

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The European Parliament has overwhelmingly voted to condemn gay ‘cure’ therapy and urged member countries to legally forbid it. The EU body voted by 435 to 109 to adopt text calling to take actions against the harmful and offensive practices. Experts overwhelmingly agree that attempts to cure sexuality are futile, misguided, and often extremely harmful. Attempts to force people to repress their sexuality leads to mental health disorders, autoagression (self-harming) and suicide attempts.The European Parliament added its voice to the issue when it greenlit an amendment that disavows gay cure practices. It is the first time the Parliament has made the specific disavowal of conversion therapies. The vote came on an amendment to the Parliament’s annual report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU, which was later adopted. The report also condemns discrimination against LGBT people, and calls for “the inclusion in school curricula of education about the value of tolerance” to tackle anti-LGBT and other kinds of discrimination.

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