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Thursday, 19 May 2022 16:34

Greece Becomes Last European Country to Ban “Conversion Therapy”

Greece conversion therapy ban was approved.

Last week, Greece became the latest country to ban “conversion therapy” for minors, joining a growing number of European nations that have taken this step, like France and Germany.

Greek Parliament votes to end conversion therapy

Greece bans conversion therapy.

In a move that has been applauded by LGBTQ advocates, Greece has become the latest country to ban so-called “conversion therapy”.

Also sometimes known as “reparative therapy,” “conversion therapy” is a false treatment that tries to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. In reality it has been widely condemned by medical and mental health organizations.

The new law, which was approved by the Greek lawmakers last week, prohibits psychologists and other health professionals from practicing “conversion therapy” without the explicit consent of the person concerned.

The bill also prohibits any advertising of this practice.

Violators now face heavy fines and even jail time.

With this new law in place, Greece joins a growing number of countries that have taken steps to protect LGBTQ people from this harmful and discredited practice.

“There were some false treatments that stated that when a minor has chosen a different sexual orientation, his parents could supposedly proceed with ‘treatments’ for this child to ‘return to normality,’” Health Minister Thanos Plevris said in front of the members of the parliament.

“Obviously, these treatments not only are not a therapy but they are not supported scientifically,” the minister added.

Health Minister announces a potential ban on surgeries on intersex infants

Greece could ban surgeries on intersex babies.

Intersex people are born with bodies that don’t fit typical definitions of male or female, and forcing them to undergo surgery to “fix” their bodies is unnecessary and cruel. So the Greek government is also considering banning these surgeries on intersex infants, which would be a major step forward for intersex rights.

These procedures are performed without the child’s consent or understanding and can cause physical and psychological harm. This is especially true during adolescence, when the hormones that develop during puberty may not correspond to the chosen gender.

Intersex people should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies, and banning these surgeries would help protect their rights.

Celebrate with Greece’s LGBTQ community as they win a landmark victory

Greece has taken a strong stand against “conversion therapy” by passing a bill that bans the practice. This is a victory for the LGBTQ community, which has long condemned the harmful effects of this treatment. But Greece is one of only seven European nations that banned such practices.

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