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IB imageSnapshots of law, gender and sexuality news from the past couple of weeks.

The LGBTQ+ Community and “Gay Conversion Therapy”

William Lee, University of Manchester

Malta made history on the 7th December 2016 when the Maltese Parliament unanimously approved the Affirmation of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression Bill. Among other things, the Bill criminalises “gay conversion therapy”, giving legal recognition that for the position that “no sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression constitutes a disorder, disease or shortcoming of any sort”. This thereby relieves the LGBTQ+ community of potentially being subjugated to any “deceptive and harmful” act designed to change their sexual behaviour or gender identity.

The new Act in effect positions Malta as the first European country to ban “gay conversion therapy”.

The Business Insider states that Malta has been at the forefront of progressive social reforms in Europe since the Labour government was elected in 2013. For that, Malta quite comfortably deserves its ranking of being the best European country for LGBTQ+ rights as deemed by the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA- Europe).

In light of such radical progress in Malta, this post will look briefly at the origins of “gay conversion therapy”. It will also briefly outline the United Kingdom (UK) and American’s current stance in regard to this practice. (more…)

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durham-women-risingAs part of the Durham Women Rising Festival, Durham Women Rising will be hosting One Billion Rising For Justice: A Public Awareness-Raising Event in Durham on Friday 14th February 2014.

One Billion Rising for Justice will take place 11.30am-3pm in Durham Market Place, and will include: music from the Ladies of the Midnight Blue (http://www.hannabiell.com/ladies-of-midnight-blue.html);  speeches from the Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, and Nicole Westmarland; information stalls, and much more.

Durham Women Rising, based on the global One Billion Rising project, aims to empower women and girls in the county through creative endeavours, support work and campaigning.

Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse launched the campaign in December last year as part of a bid to eliminate violence against women and girls in County Durham.

For more information, see: http://durhamwomenrising.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/dwr-programme.pdf and to get involved with Durham Women Rising, email durhamwomenrising@gmail.com

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