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Parliamentary questions
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2 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001339-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  LGBTQI+ conversion therapies
 Answer in writing 

The European Parliament voted this week, for the first time, to ban LGBTQI+ conversion therapies throughout the European Union, and to end the pathologisation of Trans+ identities. Conversion therapies are a shocking denial of the right to and freedom of self-expression, and encourage self-denial, which can sometimes be violent. Victims suffer the consequences of such therapies for the rest of their lives.

In Belfast, it was recently reported that a church is facilitating a course which, under the guise of the Christian virtue of celibacy, demands that gay couples cease all sexual relationships. Such courses are designed to distort the truth and to perpetuate lies about LGBTQI+ culture, and what it means to be part of the LGBTQI+ community in the modern age.

This is damaging for our society, and most of all, damaging for young LGBTQI+ people who are beginning to work out their own identity.

Does the Commission agree that repackaging homophobia under a stylised interpretation of religious texts is still homophobia?

Does the Commission condemn the facilitation of ‘help’ courses, which encourage aesthetic self-denial, and have been exclusively marketed towards vulnerable members of the LGBTQI+ community?

How does the Commission plan to deal with such courses?

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