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Germany’s cabinet approve draft bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ practices

Germany’s cabinet approve draft bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’ practices

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government cabinet have approved a draft bill to ban “conversion therapy” practices that aim to change or suppress an individual’s sexuality or gender. The legislation would outlaw advertising or practice of “conversion therapy”, with providers being fined up to €30,000 for infringement. Prior to approving the bill, the Cabinet […]

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Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to conduct inquiry into conversion practice

Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to conduct inquiry into conversion practice

Tasmania has taken the first step towards legislation that would ban LGBTIQ+ conversion practices. The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute has announced it will conduct an inquiry into the issue. LGBTIQ equality advocates have welcomed the move, with Equality Tasmania spokesperson, Rodney Croome, saying, “Attempts to ‘cure’ or ‘heal’ LGBTIQ people are futile and damaging, so […]

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Germany moving towards ban on conversion therapy for minors

Germany moving towards ban on conversion therapy for minors

Reports have emerged that Germany’s government has drafted a bill to outlaw conversion practices being delivered to people under the age of 18. Speaking to Germany’s Deutsche-Welle, Health Minister Jens Spahn said that attempts to convert an individual’s sexuality makes people more ill, not better. The Health Minister, who is also a gay man, said the […]

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ACT follows Victoria and announces ban on gay conversion therapy

ACT follows Victoria and announces ban on gay conversion therapy

The Australian Capital Territory’s Labor government has announced it will ban gay conversion therapy. The announcement was made this week as the ACT released its Capital of Equality plan which outlines the ways the government will tackle disadvantages faced by LGBTIQ people over the next four years. Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the government would bring […]

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Conversion therapy under the spotlight in Singapore

Conversion therapy under the spotlight in Singapore

A church in Singapore is facing a backlash after posting videos of people saying they have been able to turn away from same-sex attraction after following the church’s teachings. Critics say the approach is an example of conversion therapy, but the church has defended its approach arguing that people voluntarily follow their program and they […]

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Advocates welcome church’s stance against conversion therapy

Advocates welcome church’s stance against conversion therapy

The campaign to ban conversion therapy across Australia has welcomed a decision by the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane to speak out against conversion therapy practices. The statement adopted by the Synod says they acknowledge that they believe that every person is made in the image of God and conversion therapy and sexual and gender orientation change […]

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Party official says Morrison government will work to end conversion therapy

Party official says Morrison government will work to end conversion therapy

Last week Scott Morrison brushed off questions about banning gay conversion therapy saying it was a state issue, but a party official has declared the coalition will work with states to bring an end to the practice. On Tuesday the Labor party announced it would outlaw the practice of gay conversion therapy if elected. A […]

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Labor vows to outlaw gay conversion therapy if elected

Labor vows to outlaw gay conversion therapy if elected

Opposition leader Bill Shorten is set to announce plans to outlaw gay conversion therapy if Labor are elected to government. A media release from a trio of Labor MP’s; Mark Dreyfus, Louise Pratt and Catherine King, announced the policy. “We will work with survivors and advocates on a range of strategies to end this insidious […]

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Conversion therapy survivor talks faith on Christians Like Us

Conversion therapy survivor talks faith on Christians Like Us

A new SBS documentary airing tonight will follow the lives of ten Australian Christians with a range of different beliefs as they confront controversial topics of faith while living under one roof for a week. Christians Like Us follows the success of the critically acclaimed Muslims Like Us, as the ten participants discuss what makes a ‘good […]

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WA Greens call on McGowan Government to ban conversion therapy

WA Greens call on McGowan Government to ban conversion therapy

The WA Greens are urging the state government to ban LGBTI+ conversion therapy following an announcement by Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday. Andrews was joined by Minister for Equality Martin Foley and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos at Melbourne’s Midsumma Pride March, where he revealed the Victorian Government’s plan to prohibit LGBTI+ conversion practices […]

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