UPDATE - 10 April 2019: This is huge: A day after we delivered more than 110,000 signatures asking to end "conversion therapies" in Germany, Minister of Health Jens Spahn announced he's launching a commission to work on a ban!
We'll continue working closely with our partners Aktionsbündnis gegen Homophobie, ENOUGH is ENOUGH - OPEN YOUR MOUTH, Lucas Hawrylak, Change.org, and Travestie für Deutschland to make sure these dangerous practices are banned once and for all.
Photo by Change.org.
UPDATE - 22 February 2019: German Minister of Health Jens Spahn has publicly demanded a ban of "conversion therapies" in Germany. In the past, Spahn had remained mostly silent on the issue but said he doubted a ban was realistic. In an interview with German newspaper taz, he now says: "Homosexuality is not a sickness and therefore does not need to be cured. That's why I support a ban of 'conversion therapies'". Minister of Justice Katarina Barley joined this call and said she's in touch with Spahn to explore how a ban can be moved forward.
We need to make sure these words are turned into action. For this, we'll need your support. We're planning to deliver the signatures soon, so please continue to sign and share the petition.
In other news, we co-organised a movie premiere of Boy Erased in Berlin last week with German activists. After the movie screening, a group of activists, psychologists, and a young man who underwent a "conversion therapy" discussed the issue. The event was picked up by a lot of German media outlets, helping to bring more public attention to dangerous "conversion therapies".
Participants at the Boy Erased movie premiere in Berlin. Photo by Annett Audehm.
A group of fundamentalist Christians in Germany is offering seminars and therapies claiming they can "fix" lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
According to a recent media report, the Association for Life Orientation (LEO) has been regularly running seminars where LGBT+ people are told they have "mental disorders".
And LEO is just the tip of the iceberg: dangerous "conversion therapies" - sometimes also referred to as gay "cures" - are hurting people all over Germany.
German Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, is an openly gay man himself – and has the power to actually stop this.
The recent report on LEO's activities has put this crisis on the radar. If thousands of us speak out, we can push Minister Spahn to take action and help ban "conversion therapies" in Germany once and for all.
Sign NOW to ban "conversion therapies" in Germany!
This campaign is being run with Aktionsbündnis gegen Homophobie e.V and ENOUGH is ENOUGH! OPEN YOUR MOUTH!.
Published: 9 May 2018