A new law in France bans "conversion therapy," a practice that attempts to change a LGBTQ person's sexual orientation or gender identity and has been scientifically discredited.
The French National Assembly approved the new law unanimously, voting 142-0 on Tuesday evening.
The legislation includes criminal penalties for people who are convicted of trying to “convert” LGBTQ people to heterosexuality or traditional gender expectations.
Attempting to "convert" a person to heterosexuality or traditional gender identity will result in up to two years in jail and a fine of $34,000.
If the therapy is attempted on a young person or someone who is deemed vulnerable, the punishment can increase to up to three years in jail and a fine of $50,000.
The law also opens the possibility for campaigners to file civil suits on behalf of victims, an advance hailed in parliament as a breakthrough for people who hesitate or are unable to alert police themselves.
Good news from France! There is nothing to cure!
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