The Congress of Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, this Friday approved the reform of the Penal Code to criminalize treatments, therapies, or services that aim to correct sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, known as conversion therapies.
The initiative was adopted with 49 votes in favor, nine against and five abstentions, the Mexico City Congress reported in a statement reminding that the initiative was introduced in 2018 by MORENA’s deputy Temístocles Villanueva.
The opinion defines conversion therapies as “those practices that consist of psychological, psychiatric sessions, methods, or treatments that are designed to alter, hinder, or impair the expression or identity of the sex, as well as the sexual orientation of the person,” he said. the President of the Administrative and Judicial Commission, Eduardo Santillán.
Each of these conversion therapies, which use violent methods in a physical, moral or psycho-emotional way with cruel and degrading treatment of human dignity, is punished with a prison sentence of between two and five years.