Cyprus push to ban gay conversion therapy amid exorcism claim
Cypriot lawmakers and activists are pushing to criminalize “gay conversion therapy” which has left members of the island’s LGBTQ+ community traumatized through “medieval” practices such as exorcisms.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1998, but while same-sex civil unions are permitted, gay marriage is not.
The activists’ report has sparked outcry and prompted discussions within parliament on the need for legislation to outlaw the practices.
Despite progress on gender issues, more legislation was needed to protect the LGBTQ+ community, said Costa Gavrielides, the Cypriot president’s adviser for diversity.