The Irish government is preparing to
introduce a bill that bans therapies that attempt to alter the sexual
orientation or gender identity of people who identify as lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender.
Such therapies go by names such as
“conversion therapy,” “reparative therapy,” “sexual
orientation change efforts” or “ex-gay therapy.”
Mirror quoted Children, Equality, Disability, Integration,
and Youth Minister Roderic O'Gorman, who is openly gay, as saying
that he plans to pursue the legislation in 2023.
“I'd hope to bring the legislation
into the Dail [the lower house of the Irish Parliament] next year,”
O'Gorman said. “Obviously, legislation takes time but I think it's
possible we could have it passed by the end of the year. That's
certainly what I'd be working towards, but it could drift into 2024.”
O'Gorman previously described
conversion therapy as a “cruel process rooted in the promotion of
“[It] is extremely exploitative,
particularly if undertaken on someone under 18,” he said.
In the United States, such bans mostly
only involve minors. It is unclear whether the Irish government will
introduce a bill that also includes adults.