Greece bans LGBTQ conversion therapy

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A big rainbow flag is noticed in front of the parliament building in the course of a homosexual pride parade in Athens, Greece June 10, 2017. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

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ATHENS, May perhaps 10 (Reuters) – Greece on Wednesday banned conversion remedy for minors, a follow aimed at suppressing a person’s sexual orientation or gender id and which the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans neighborhood all over the world, as effectively as wellness specialists, have condemned as harmful.

Less than the bill, which Greece’s parliament authorised, psychologists or other health industry experts require a person’s explicit consent to conduct such procedure and confront fines and a jail expression if they violate the legislation.

The government has drafted a countrywide system that operates right up until 2025 on reforms advertising gender equality in Greece, a mainly conservative nation. Canada, New Zealand and France criminalized conversion remedy earlier this calendar year.

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“There ended up some untrue treatment plans that said that when a minor has picked a diverse sexual orientation, his dad and mom could supposedly proceed with ‘treatments’ for this baby to ‘return to normality'”, Wellness Minister Thanos Plevris instructed parliament this 7 days.

“Certainly these treatment plans not only are not a therapy but they are not supported scientifically,” the minister explained.

The monthly bill also bans promoting this kind of procedures.

Plevris extra that Greece also strategies to ban surgical procedures on intersex infants and infants born with atypical chromosomes that impact their reproductive anatomy in a way that does not suit with the normative definition of male or feminine.

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Reporting by Renee Maltezou
Editing by Bill Berkrot

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