Senators called on the Chamber of Deputies this Thursday to approve the legislation that prohibits sexual conversion therapies.
At the ceremony to illuminate the building of the Senate of the Republic, on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the secretary of the Board of Directors, Alejandra Lagunes Soto Ruiz, recalled that it had been 33 years since the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses.
Which, he added, helped end stigmas and false beliefs; besides, changes were achieved in much of society and progress was made so that the LGBTTTIQ+ communities recover the space that corresponds to them and that for so long has been unfairly denied to them.
“There is still a lot to do and raise awareness that there is nothing to cure. It is important to end, once and for all, with intolerance, discrimination and torture, as well as embrace diversity, respect and recognition of the rights of all people, regardless of your sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression“, he pointed.
He explained that the UN, in its report on the so-called conversion therapies, points out that 98 percent of those who were subjected to them registered irreparable damagebecause they are a kind of torture in which there is no scientific evidence to prove their effectiveness, “and that is why I will not tire of insisting that the Chamber of Deputies approve the law that prohibits the practice of these therapies, which was approved in the Senate of the Republic.
In turn, Senator Olga Sánchez Cordero, president of the Justice Commission, mentioned that after The ban on conversion therapies has already been approved in the Senate, it is necessary for the Chamber of Deputies to take it to the Plenary in the following regular session for voting and approval. The State has to respect freedoms, equality and non-discrimination, he added.
Meanwhile, Senator Patricia Mercado Castro, from Movimiento Ciudadano, indicated: “We need to end efforts to correct sexual orientation and gender identity.
In this regard, Senator Citlalli Hernández Mora, from Morena, stressed that the Senate will work so that, before the end of the LXV legislature, the opinion that seeks prohibit and penalize sexual reorientation therapies be approved and thus the dignity of the people that make up the LGBTTTIQ+ community is no longer violated.
Mónica Garza, spokeswoman for the United Nations, said that sexual reorientation therapies are not a helpful practice, but they represent a false premise of healing, that they seek to cure something that is not a disease; For this reason, he emphasized that this issue is not a simple matter of the Legislative Power but of Human Rights to let people be the way they want to be.