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Malta could become first country in Europe to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy

Malta could become first country in Europe to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy

Malta bans gay cure therapy

Malta could become the first country in Europe to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy.

The government of the small island nation has launched a public consultation for a period of one month, where they will seek to find out whether there is a need to ban the practice.

The World Health Organization has agreed conversion therapy is dangerous to a person’s mental and physical health.

The Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Bill will receive its first reading in parliament following the consultation.

‘[Gay cure therapy] is dangerous to the individual’s mental and physical health, in some cases leading to suicide,’ the bill reads.

‘Through this Bill, government is seeking to protect these individuals from harmful practices irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression.’

Malta is unusual for having a law that forbid divorce just three years ago. In that time they have repealed that law, introduced same-sex civil unions, and have the world’s best trans and intersex laws.