Mexico City Outlaws “Gay Conversion” Therapy

Under the new law, conversion therapy is defined as psychological or psychiatric measures or treatments which intend to “nullify, hinder, modify or undermine” the expression of a person’s gender identity or their sexual orientation.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) On Friday, July 24th, Mexico City’s regional assembly 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 . . .

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