DPP lawmaker calls for ban on gay ‘conversion’ therapy

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Lin Jing-yi has called for a ban on gay conversion therapy. Lin was speaking Friday as she held a press conference on protecting the human rights of LGBT people.

Lin said that attempts to change a person's sexual orientation have caused great harm and suffering. Lin said that the idea that homosexuality is abnormal has been consigned to history by the global psychiatric community.

In May this year, Taichung's Gender Equality Commission called for an amendment to the Physicians Act to include conversion therapy in the list of illegal medical practices.

While certain officials in the health and welfare ministry are known to back the move, others remain conservative and believe that the ministry will need to hold discussions before taking a stance.

Lin's call to end conversion therapy is part of a wider discussion on LGBT rights in the spotlight ahead of Taipei's annual gay pride parade, the largest of its kind in Asia. The recent apparent suicide of a gay professor has also focused public pressure on the government to move forward on previous pledges of marriage equality.

Psychiatric doctor Hsu Chi-yun said over 200 of his peers have supported marriage equality since a draft bill was first proposed in 2013. Hsu urged the public to respect every individual's sexual orientation and not seek to change them.

Source: Radio Taiwan International