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RMIT students concerned over staff appearance at ACL forum

RMIT students concerned over staff appearance at ACL forum

Students at Victoria’s RMIT University have raised concerns over the inclusion of a faculty member on the lineup of a conversion therapy forum organised by the Australian Christian Lobby. The ACL’s upcoming Gay Conversion Therapy Forum aims to “explore the major concerns” surrounding Victoria’s proposed ban on conversion therapy practices. The lobby’s website claims that […]

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Psychologists ban LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy practices in Albania

Psychologists ban LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy practices in Albania

Albania’s peak body for psychologists has ruled out future practice of LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy in the European nation, effectively banning harmful attempts to change a person’s sexuality or gender expression. The Order of Psychologists, which all practicing therapists must join to work in the country, has moved to forbid practitioners from carrying out attempts to […]

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Future medical professionals stand against conversion therapy

Future medical professionals stand against conversion therapy

To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHoBIT), the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) have voted unanimously to support survivors of LGBTIQ+ conversion therapy. National Australian student medical societies voted in favour of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts (SOGICE) Survivor Statement at AMSA’s National Council over the weekend. The […]

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Advocates welcome Canada’s proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

Advocates welcome Canada’s proposed ‘conversion therapy’ ban

LGBTIQ advocacy group just.equal has welcomed Canada’s move toward criminalising LGBTIQ conversion practices. Earlier in March, a Bill was introduced in Canada’s Parliament that would effectively ban practices designed to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender across the country. The amendments, introduced by Canada’s Attorney General David Lametti and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion […]

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Canada proposes national ban on ‘conversion therapy’ practices

Canada proposes national ban on ‘conversion therapy’ practices

A Bill has been introduced in Canada’s Parliament this week that would effectively ban practices designed to change or suppress a person’s sexuality or gender across the country. The amendments, introduced by Canada’s Attorney General David Lametti and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger, would expand on province-based bans to criminalise ‘conversion therapy’, […]

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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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