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  • Thousands joined the protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 22, 2017

    Thousands joined the protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 22, 2017 | Photo: @LemusteleSUR

A federal court judge overturned the ban on the "therapy" which had been in place for almost 20 years

At least two people have been arrested at protest in Brazil over the overturning a ban on “gay conversion therapy.”

The practice allows homosexuality to be treated as a “disease.”

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Sao Paulo to show their anger.

The military police intervened and scuffles broke out with the protesters.

Earlier this week a Brazilian federal court judge Waldemar de Carvalho overturned the ban on the "therapy" which had been in place for almost 20 years.

De Carvalho's decision reversed a 1999 Federal Council of Psychology, CFP, ruling prohibiting licensed psychologists from attempting to “convert” people who identify as LGBTI.

Coming a week after a bank cancelled an exhibition of gay art after protests from rightwing and evangelical Christian groups, the ruling raised fears that progressive policies could be overturned.

 

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