State Could Be First in Australia To Ban Conversion Therapy

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Queensland in northeastern Australia introduced a bill that, if passed, would ban gay conversion therapy and make offenders face up to 18 months in jail, HuffPost reported.

A Human Rights Law Centre report said gay conversion therapy is “pervasive” in Australia’s faith-based communities, and many of the bill’s opponents say the term conversion therapy is too broad, and could lead to innocent people going to jail, according to HuffPost.

But LGBT advocates are still saying to pass the bill, as-is.

“It’s ground-breaking because it will be Australia’s first gay conversion therapy ban if the law is passed in Queensland,” Shelley Argent, a Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Australia spokeswoman told Reuters. “Conversion therapy is psychological abuse because it’s telling the person they are broken.”

Australia began allowing same-sex marriage in 2017, and decriminalized gay sex 20 years ago, HuffPost reported.