Monkeypox homophobia

News of the first Monkeypox case in SA has been greeted by rampant homophobia online – Image via Pixabay

DA to propose bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQI+ minors

Conversion therapy has been an important topic in the LGBTQI+ community. DA is making its voice known with hopes to ban it in the country.

Monkeypox homophobia

News of the first Monkeypox case in SA has been greeted by rampant homophobia online – Image via Pixabay

South Africa was one of the first countries in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. A large group of countries soon followed suit. The Democratic Alliance (DA) is looking to make an advancement in conversion therapy for the betterment of LGBTQI+ minors.


The Human Rights Campaign — the largest LGBTQ advocacy group and LGBTQ political lobbying organisation in the United States — defines conversion therapy as:

“A range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.” 

The Human Rights Campaign continues to note that conversion therapy has been been rejected by mainstream medical and mental health organisations, including The World Psychiatric Association.


On 30 June, the DA said they would be submitting a Private Members Bill to Parliament to ban conversion therapy in South Africa for minors. 

“It is in the interest of young people and children within the LGBTQIA+ community to be protected against conversion therapy,” said DA Health Shadow Minister Siviwe Gwarube.

“The harmful effects of conversion therapy on mental and emotional health have been widely documented, with many mental health bodies around the world, agreeing that it is inefffective, dangerous and grossly unethical.”

Gwarube further emphasised that LGBTQI+ activism should not only be limited to international Pride Month in June but it should also be present throughout the rest of the year. 


A number of countries around the world have banned conversion therapy for minors.

According to Forbes, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany and Malta have all banned conversion therapy while the US, Canada, Australia and Spain all have regional laws against it.

Argentina, Uruguay, Samoa, Fiji and Naura have indirect bans against conversion therapy.

Should the bill against it for minors be banned in South Africa, it will be the first African country to have passed the law. 

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