Please join the Human Rights Program and Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN Independent Expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, for a presentation of his thematic report on the so-called practices of "conversion therapy." The online launch will follow Mr. Madrigal-Borloz's presentation to the UN Human Rights Council, and will feature Ilze Brands Kehris, (Assistant Secretary-General, OHCHR), with Catherine de Preux De Baets (Human Rights Officer, OHCHR), moderating. French interpretation provided (interprétation en Français).
“Conversion therapy” is a term used to describe a wide range of interventions, all of which have in common the belief that a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity can and should be changed. These practices rely on the medically false idea that LGBT and other gender-diverse persons are sick, inflicting severe pain and suffering, and resulting in long-lasting psychological and physical damage. “Conversion therapy” practices currently happen in a multitude of countries, in all regions of the world.
There is a risk that information shared at the seminar will trigger memories of trauma or sequalae of trauma for some participants. Persons planning to attend the event are requested to make provisions for self-care, including the possibility of exiting the seminar at any time.
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For translation in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and to read the full UN report, see: https://hrp.law.harvard.edu/press-releases/conversion-therapy-report-online-launch/