Brazilian ‘homosexuality as mental illness’ bill withdrawn
A bill proposing to lift the ban on treatment of homosexuality as a mental illness, which was passed by the chair of Brazil’s Congressional Human Rights Commission, Marco Feliciano, has been withdrawn.
The controversial bill which sought to bring back a ruling of ‘homosexuality as a mental disorder that could be treated by psychologists’ was to come before Brazil’s Lower House for approval later this month.
The bill being proposed to Brazil’s Lower House by Joao Campos sought to overturn the 1999 ban on treatment of homosexuality. Campos has now withdrawn the bill after it became clear that it would be defeated in a Lower House vote.
Guilhermina Cunha, vice president of a Brazilian LGBT rights group said. “Today we are celebrating. The next step, however, and we’re not yet sure how to do it, is to remove Feliciano from his position.”
Feliciano’s record of homophobia is well documented, with the Social Christian Party leader referring to AIDS as a gay cancer.