Malta‘s human rights commission has hailed the island’s parliament’s decision to ban gay conversion therapy, with Malta becoming the first country in the world to do so.
On Monday they voted to criminalize any medical professional found guilty of prescribing the so-called “gay cure” or any practice that seeks to change gender identity.
The new ban will see anyone found guilty fined up to 4,600 euros, or even jailed for up to five years in the most serious cases.
The amendments to Malta‘s Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act will also allow 16-year-olds to independently request a change in their gender on their identity documents.
Malta is one of the most progressive places in the world for LGBT rights.