UPDATE: On May 7, 2020, a ban on conversion therapy for minors was passed for the first time in the German parliament and is a big step for the community, even if a total ban is aimed for. So until this goal is reached, this fight continues.
In the middle of Germany, self-proclaimed "homo healers" are trying to "convert" young LGBT*.
Conversion Therapy, also called "homo healing", is an inhumane form of “therapy" in which homosexuals are to be "made heterosexual".
The methods range from nude dances to drum beats and ice-cold showers to talk therapies in which the "patients" are told that their sexual orientation is wrong. In the most extreme cases, the "patients" are shown videos of homosexual acts, during which physical pain is inflicted on them. This is to associate their own homosexuality with pain.
It is time to put an end to this.
The form of therapy called “reparative” or “reorientation” therapy in professional circles has so far been banned in the European Union only in Malta and in some regions of Spain. The German government rejected the ban as recently as March 2017. However, the German Medical Association and the 117th German Medical Congress, as well as a large number of physicians and experts have been condemning this form of therapy for years.
We call on the responsible Federal Minister for Health, Jens Spahn (CDU) and the responsible Federal Minister for Law and Consumer Protection, Katharina Barley (SPD) and every member of the German Bundestag to stand up against this form of mental and psychological bodily harm in the form of so-called "homo healing"!
In a tolerant, progressive country like Germany, this practice should neither be performed nor allowed! Together we put an end to it!