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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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