New French law bans conversion therapy

France has passed a new law criminalising so-called “conversion therapies.”

The National Assembly approved the new law unanimously. It bans so-called “conversion therapies” and authorises jail time and fines for practitioners who use the scientifically discredited practice to attempt to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ people.

This also enables campaigners to file civil suits on behalf of victims, hailed as a breakthrough for people who hesitate or are unable to alert police themselves, reported France 24.

Lawmaker Laurence Vanceunebrock, who helped pass the law in the parliament, said it will target “all those who equated an identity or a sexual orientation with sickness.”

“There is nothing to cure,” she told the National Assembly.

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