This week read about India banning conversion therapy, and the first same-sex couple to marry in Chile.

India Bans Conversion Therapy

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has advised the Madras High Court that conversion therapy by medical experts amounts to professional misconduct.

A lesbian couple in Chennai has petitioned the High Court for protection against police harassment. The High Court bench of Justice A Venkatesh recently issued a ruling in which it also published a lexicon of LGBT terminology compiled by gay communities and people, and in which the HC also recorded the medical council's argument.

According to The News Minute, the High Court noted the expert committee "made it very clear" that any attempt or intervention to modify a person's sexual orientation and/or gender identity "should be construed as professional misconduct on the part of the medical professionals."





First Same-sex Couple Marries In Chile


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Chile's Javier Silva and Jaime Nazar became the first two males in the South American country's history to marry, after implementing legislation permitting same-sex marriage.

After a decade-long campaign by LGBT communities and rights groups, Congress adopted legislation in December providing legal rights for same-sex couples, marking a watershed moment for the conservative nation.

"Being the first couple to get married in Chile for us is an honor, something to be proud of," Silva told NBC News after the civil ceremony. "We did it! It's something we didn't think could happen."

Silva and Nazar have two small children and have been together for seven years. They've been in a civil partnership for three years, but marriage represents a huge step forward for their entire family.


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