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Ireland vows to introduce legislation banning ‘conversion therapy’ by 2024

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Ireland’s integration minister Roderic O’Gorman has promised to introduce legislation banning the “exploitative” practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy’ by 2024.

The politician, who is openly gay, previously described it as “a cruel process rooted in the promotion of shame”. ‘Conversion therapy’ is typically defined as any attempt at changing or suppressing a person’s sexuality or gender identity, often involving techniques such as electroshock therapy or prayer.

It has been widely condemned by health experts and bodies all over the world, including the National Health Service and the World Health Organisation, with some comparing it to torture.

O’Gorman has now stated that Ireland should join other European countries in taking steps towards outlawing the harmful practice. “A process that seeks for somebody to change their sexual orientation or gender identity is extremely exploitative, particularly if undertaken on someone under 18,” he told the Irish Mirror. “I’d hope to bring the legislation into the Dail next year. “Obviously, legislation takes time but I think it’s possible we could have it passed by the end of the year.

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