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.
Ciudad de México aprueba sanciones de hasta cinco años de cárcel contra grupos religiosos y especialistas médicos y psicológicos que administren tratamientos para “curar” la homosexualidad”.
— EL PAÍS México (@elpaismexico) July 24, 2020
Mexico City’s regional congress on Friday approved a bill to criminalise gay conversion therapy, in a step hailed as a major victory for Mexico’s gay and lesbian community.https://t.co/2avSpVBS7L
— SBS News (@SBSNews) July 25, 2020