Friday, June 16, 2023

Statement of the Church of Cyprus on the Criminalization of Sexual Orientation and Gender Conversion Therapies

Over a year ago, the activist group Accept-LGBTI Cyprus surveyed around 100 people and revealed that conversion therapies for sexual orientation or gender identity are still being carried out in Cyprus. According to this report, it found that

1. A victim was forced by a priest to kneel in front of a statue of Jesus Christ and apologize for having sinned.

2. Another was forced by an endocrinologist to take a course of testosterone (male sex hormones) because the doctor said he was too effeminate.

3. Another was exorcised by a priest.

4. Some people had attempted suicide following the so-called therapies.

This prompted lawmakers to propose a ban on all forms of conversion therapies for sexual orientation and gender identity, and make it a crime if any attempt is made at such conversion therapies.