Brazilian Court overrules resolution that prohibited ‘conversion’ therapy on LGBT individuals

A Brazilian court has overturned the 1999 decision by the Federal Council of Psychology to prohibit “conversion” therapies intended to ‘cure’ LGBT individuals. The court ruled in the favour of an action brought by a psychologist who was stripped of her license in 2016 for describing homosexuality as a “disease” and for offering discredited and inhumane treatments for LGBT people. The ruling approves “conversion therapy” and advocates for further research into the practice. The Federal Council of Psychology released a statement confirming that they will legally contest this decision as it “opens the dangerous possibility of the use of sexual reversion therapies”.