Mexico City just outlawed traumatising conversion therapy

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07/25/2020

Mexico City has become the first jurisdiction in Mexico to outlaw the damaging practice of conversion therapy, in a historic victory for the country’s LGBT+ community. According to The New York Times, the bill to criminalise conversion therapy, defined by Mexico City regional congress as any practices or treatments which aim to “nullify, hinder, modify or undermine” a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation, was passed in a virtual session on Friday, July 24. There was cross-party support for the bill, and El Pais reported that there were 49 votes in favour of the ban, nine against it and five abstentions. Those who provide conversion therapy in any form can now be sentenced to up to five years in prison, with those who subject minors to the horrific practice facing even higher sentences. Mexico City has been leading the way for LGBT+ rights in Mexico, becoming the first region to legalise same-sex marriage in 2009, and now becoming the first to ban conversion therapy.

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