Bill heads to lower House of Congress
DELRAY BEACH, FL- Truth Wins Out praised Mexico’s Senate today for overwhelmingly voting to prohibit “conversion therapy”, a discredited and debunked practice that attempts to change one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The vote was 69 votes in favor, 16 abstentions and two voting against the landmark bill.
“Conversion therapy is a destructive and manipulative practice that employs guilt and shame to force people into failed programs to change who they are,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “The practice is rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health association and has left a long trail of survivors who tell horror stories about conversion efforts. Most leaders of conversion therapy eventually come out of the closet as LGBTQ and warn people not to enter such programs.”
The bill in Mexico would prohibit any type of treatment intended to suppress a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Truth Wins Out has the world’s largest video catalogue showcasing the harm caused by the “ex-gay” conversion industry. It features testimony from survivors, parents, doctors, scientists, religious figures and former “ex-gay” leaders. They can be seen on our YouTube channel, which has more than 1.8 million views. Truth Wins Out also published To the Dark Side and Back, which offers extensive interviews with former “ex-gay” leaders who now say efforts to “change” are ineffective and hazardous. Videos from Truth Wins Out are now available with Spanish subtitles.
Additionally, Reuters reports that the congress of Mexico’s most populous state, State of Mexico, voted to legally recognize same-sex marriage, becoming the 29th of Mexico’s 32 states to do so. State of Mexico borders the capital and counts close to 17 million inhabitants. Lawmakers passed the bill with 50 votes in favor and 16 against.
Truth Wins Out educates the world on the harm caused by destructive “ex-gay” conversion programs, while fighting to eliminate anti-LGBTQ prejudice and discrimination. We believe that genuine freedom and contentment derive from authenticity and living one’s truth.