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The second-largest, third-most-populous, and arguably the most conservative state in the Commonwealth of Australia will soon ban gay conversion programs according to an announcement by Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles.
Miles said gay conversion therapy, which seeks to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, would be banned as part of the Health and Other Legislation Amendments Bill (No. 2) 2019, which has been introduced to State Parliament, according to The Star Observer.
Practitioners of the discredited therapy will face fines and up to 12 months’ imprisonment, said Miles, while those who perform conversion therapy on children and other vulnerable people will face up to 18 months in jail.
“Practices that try to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or their gender identity have always been immoral and unethical—now they will be illegal,” said Miles.
“I strongly oppose any suggestion that being LGBTIQ is a disorder that requires medical treatment.
“This is an appalling practice that has no place in modern society, let alone Queensland’s health system.
“It does nothing but cause harm and devastation to vulnerable members of the community who need and deserve our support and respect,” he said.
While these steps are seen as progress Queensland is one of the few states/countries that still requires sterilization of transgender people before gender can be amended on official documentation.