Russia Today reports that the lower house of Russia’s parliament is working on a bill that would allegedly provide “ex-gay” therapy to anybody who asks for it. David Badash ponders the possibilities at New Civil Rights Movement:
The “therapy” supposedly would be anonymous and voluntary. But given Russia’s current war on the LGBT community, how long would it be before the government-sponsored “ex-gay therapy” became not voluntary, but mandatory? Would those convicted of violating Russia’s “homosexual propaganda” laws be “offered” the option to undergo harmful conversion therapy in lieu of a jail sentence? The mind reels at the possibilities. Mikhail Degtyarev, who is a senior Russian Member of Parliament (MP) gave the news to reporters in Moscow, saying the proposal would allow gay people to “return to normal life and become heterosexuals, as are 95 to 99 percent of our citizens.”
Stand by for Scott Lively to claim credit for this bill too.