Mexico City Lawmakers Criminalize Ex-Gay Torture

Reuters reports:

Mexico City’s regional congress on Friday approved a bill to criminalize gay conversion therapy, in a step hailed as a major victory for Mexico’s gay and lesbian community.

Methods applied by proponents of conversion therapy to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity have ranged from psychological counseling to religious instruction and even electroshock therapy. The practice has become widely discredited in recent years.

In a virtual session, Mexico City’s lawmakers passed the bill, which received broad cross-party support. Conversion therapy providers now face up to five years in prison, with higher sentences for those who subject minors to the practice.