Conversion therapy to be banned in Germany within the year

Germany plans to ban all conversion therapies under a new law to be introduced this year by German Health Minister Jens Spahn. It’s estimated there are around 1,000 attempts in Germany each year to “re-educate” LGBT+ people, according to the Magnus Hirschfeld Foundation. These include efforts by family members, coaches and therapists, prayers and sometimes even exorcisms. Spahn, who is gay and married to a man, told a Berlin press conference on Monday (June 10): “My position is clear: homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does not...
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Iran Defends Executions of Gay People

At a press conference with the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Tehran on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Sarif deefended his country’s policy of executing gay people, Deutsche Welle reports. Sarif was asked, “Why are homosexuals executed in Iran because of their sexual orientation?” He replied: “Our society has moral principles. And we live according to these principles. These are moral principles concerning the behavior of people in general. And that means that the law is respected and the law is obeyed.” Germany’s foreign ministry and U.S. Ambassador...
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LGBTQ World News Digest: 13 International Stories You Need to Know About

BELGIUM. Gay bars threatened with attack in Grindr message: ‘A message posted on the Grindr dating app on Tuesday night spoke of the threat of an attack on gay bars in Ostend on the Belgian coast.An investigation has been launched following the message, the Bruges branch of the West Flanders Prosecutor’s Office confirmed on Wednesday. The message read: “tonight or this weekend, we will conduct an attack in the gay bars of Ostend.” It also identified bars Valentino and Your Place as potential targets. “Prepare yourself. Nobody can stop us. We are...
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