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Thursday, 03 February 2022 16:36

France Passed Law To Protect LGBTQ People From “Conversion Therapy”

France now bans so-called “conversion therapies”.

France became the latest country in Europe to ban conversion therapy, joining a growing number of nations that have outlawed the controversial practice.

"Conversion therapy", also known as "gay conversion therapy", is a pseudoscientific attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The practice has been widely denounced by medical and mental health organizations, and there is no evidence that it is effective. "Conversion therapy" can be harmful, leading to anxiety, depression, and even suicide.

France's ban on "conversion therapy" will help protect LGBTQ+ people from this harmful practice.

French Assembly passes law unanimously

In a major victory for LGBTQ rights, the French National Assembly has unanimously (142-0) passed a new law that ends "conversion therapy." The Senate passed the bill in late 2021 with a resounding 305 votes in favor and just 28 opposed.

The penalties

The new law in France is a welcome step forward for LGBTQ rights. For too long, members of the LGBTQ community have been the target of hate and discrimination, and this law will help to protect them from further abuse. The penalties for those convicted of engaging in anti-LGBTQ actions are significant, and the law also provides much-needed support for victims.

Those found guilty of engaging in actions "aimed at changing or repressing sexual orientation or gender identity" can now be sentenced to up to two years in prison and fined up to 30,000 euros ($34,000). In addition, the law allows LGBTQ advocacy groups to file civil suits on behalf of victims. This means that if someone does not feel confident enough in filing a lawsuit themselves, they can ask an advocacy group to do it for them.

France bans people from trying to “change” a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity that can lead to depression.

The new law takes effect next week

The new legislation is expected to come into effect next week after President Macron signs it into law.

France is the latest to ban “conversion therapies”

France has now joined the United States, Germany, Canada, and other countries in passing a law criminalizing the so-called "conversion therapies". With this new law, France is taking a stand against these dangerous and discredited practices.

French president welcomes new law protecting LGBTQ people

President Macron welcomed the approval of the new law with a tweet. "Let's be proud," he said. "Because being yourself isn't a crime."

In a move that is sure to please the LGBTQ community and its allies, France has passed legislation that will protect queer minors from so-called "conversion therapies." This is a major victory for LGBTQ rights in France, and it is hoped that other countries will soon follow suit.

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