With the way 2016 has gone, it’s great to hear that there are places around the world that are doing wonderful things for the LGBT community — such as Malta. On December 5th, the island nation became the first country in Europe to ban gay conversion therapy!
Malta’s parliament passed the Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Bill, a bill that will criminalize gay conversion therapy, a practice “which aims to change, repress or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression,” as a “deceptive and harmful” act.
The bill also added that “no sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression constitutes a disorder, disease or shortcoming of any sort.”
Individuals — like counselors, religious leaders, or therapists — who are found doing gay conversion therapy will go to jail for five months or be fined between 1,000 and 5,000 Euros which is equivalent to $1,075 to $5,377.
If this couldn’t get any better — Malta also passed an amendment that will allow anyone who is 16 years or older to legally change their gender without parent approval or by filing an application in court.
Congrats, Malta! Thanks for being an example — we hope people in other nations copy your move and do the same for their citizens.