I am – yet what I am none cares or knows. – John Clare
And perhaps, this is as it should be. Malta’s hit another milestone this week by banning gay conversion therapy, a cruel practice that tries to ‘cure’ members of the LGBTIQ community of their sexual orientations. You are what you are, and quite frankly, no one should care or invade your discretion about it. So bravo Malta. You’ve done right by a good number of people on this one.
The news was also happily reported by BBC News and The Guardian, confirming that Malta is the first European country to have imposed an outright ban on the practice. Parliament was, for once, united on this front, and voted unanimously for it to be prohibited.
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Under the new Act, endeavours to “change, repress or eliminate a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression” are illegal and could also face fines and jail term if caught. Not only that, but the new law also allows for people under the age of 16 to request a change in gender without their parent’s consent, and no form of gender or orientation is to be seen as “a disorder, disease or shortcoming of any sort.”
It’s a fine day for democracy!