Alyn Smith MEP has welcomed Malta’s decision to ban conversion therapy, the controversial treatment used to change a patient’s sexual orientation from homosexual/bisexual to heterosexual.
The Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Bill was passed unanimously by Malta’s Parliament this week, meaning a hefty fine or jail term for those who advertise, offer, perform, or refer an individual to someone who practices conversion therapy.
Alyn, a member of the European Parliament’s LGBT intergroup, said:
“This is very welcome progress in the field of LGBTI rights, and all credit to the government of Malta for leading the way!
“Conversion ‘therapy’ is nothing of the kind, but rather homophobia and punishment based on the false premise that being LGBTI is an illness.
“Growing up is hard enough without being told that your sexual orientation is ‘wrong’ and needs to be fixed. We need to stop insidious homophobia in its tracks as soon as we see it.”