Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Brazilian Judge Condemned Over Gay "Cure" Ruling

Revellers march with a giant rainbow flag during the annual Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, BrazilImage copyrightYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Image captionRio de Janeiro has a thriving gay scene - and the community is aghast after a judge approved controversial "conversion therapy"


From BBC News -- Brazilian activists and celebrities have condemned a court ruling that approves a "cure" for gay people.

Waldemar de Carvalho, a federal judge in the capital Brasilia, backed a psychologist who had her licence revoked for offering so-called "conversion therapy".

Rozangela Justino is an evangelical Christian who has called homosexuality "a disease".

Critics have called the ruling regressive and medically unsound.

Brazil's Federal Council of Psychology banned psychologists from offering treatments that claim to change people's sexuality in 1999.

It said in a statement that the decision "opens the dangerous possibility of the use of sexual reversion therapies" and promised to fight it in court.

Prominent pop star Anitta shared her disgust in an online video, which has been watched by over a million people.

"That's what happens in my country. People dying, hungry, the government killing the country with corruption, no education, no hospitals, no opportunities... and the authorities are wasting their time to announce that homosexuality is a sickness," she said.


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