Germany to Partially Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

German minister Jens Spahn. Credit: olaf Kosinsky.

German Minister Jens Spahn introduced a draft law that would ban all conversion therapy for minors, but allows for consenting adults to seek therapy.

Practitioners who violate the law could face up to a year in prison, or a fine, according to DW. The law doesn’t specify what the fine would be. Despite the ban on minors, therapists can practice on 16 to 18-year-olds seeking therapy on their own free will, if they can prove they have the capacity to consent. Spahn, who is gay, said he introduced the ban to send a message — that being LGBT isn’t a disease.

"A ban also sends an important societal signal to all those who are struggling with their homosexuality: 'You're OK just as you are,'" Spahn said, according to DW.


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