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Brazil lawmakers OK bill to allow treatment of homosexuality as a disorder

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

BRASILIA, Brazil — A Brazilian congressional human rights committee on Thursday approved legislation that would allow psychologists to treat homosexuality as a disorder or pathology.

The commission is led by evangelical pastor Marco Feliciano of the Social Christian Party, who has been accused of homophobia and enraged activists by calling AIDS a “gay cancer” in a tweet.

Marco Feliciano

His appointment as head the Commission for Human Rights and Minorities in the lower house of Brazil’s Congress was fiercely opposed by gay and human rights groups.

The measure approved Tuesday seeks to lift a prohibition on psychologists treating homosexuality that was established by the Federal Psychology Council. The ban has been in effect since 1999.

“In practice, (the initiative’s) result would be that a person over 18 years of age, responsible for his actions, who is homosexual and wants to reorient his sexuality, can be attended by a psychologist,” said lawmaker Joao Campos, a member of the evangelical bloc of Brazil’s lower house.

Feliciano had tried for weeks to put the “gay cure” initiative before the commission but had failed as opponents maneuvered to block a vote. The initiative was passed Tuesday amid a low turnout by commission members.

The psychologists’ council had called on commission members to vote against it.

“Today psychology, as wells as other scientific disciplines, recognize that sexual orientation is not a pathology that should be treated, it is not a perversion nor a disorder nor a behavioral disturbance. Since this is the case, we cannot offer a cure, and that is an ethical principle,” said council member Huberto Verona.

The initiative still must be debated by other committees before going to the full Chamber of Deputies and the Senate for votes.

Jean Wyllys, Brazil’s first openly gay lawmaker, expressed confidence the initiative would not make it through the legislative process.

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  1. Fucking hell! Is Brazil the next Russia?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:10pm
  2. but they know it’s not a disorder unless they have a preconcieved notion going into office… which shouldn’t be allowed :/

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:10pm
  3. I will refrain from my mildly graphic angry comment and just say that people like this guy sre the people that need psych treatmemt.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:12pm
  4. Ignorance

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:12pm
  5. Seriously!?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:13pm
  6. Aw, jeez. Really? SMH!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:14pm
  7. Isn’t marriage legal there?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:14pm
  8. And they wonder why they’re dealing with major riots right now!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:14pm
  9. This is ridiculous how ignorant and stupid can one be?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:14pm
  10. Is heterosexuality a disorder, too?!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:14pm
  11. Idiot

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:15pm
  12. ….

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:15pm
  13. WTH! Going backwards!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:15pm
  14. Limitless Dx

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:15pm
  15. So can they draw disability checks for being gay?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:15pm
  16. Truly, IGNORANCE!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:15pm
  17. I’m Brazilian and that’s awfull if only some internacional organization
    interfere for LGBTT in Brazil!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:16pm
  18. Brazil’s the trash country of the world anyways…let em pile on more, see how long their stupidity lasts

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:17pm
  19. There is just no fixing STUPID !

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:18pm
  20. WTF???

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:19pm
  21. How fuckin stupid can u get. Firstly disorders are a cluster of plucked lables..pieced together… then revised everytime dms is updated…secondly disorders are not evident since u cant open someone up and pluck out a disorder like tumour. Thirdly sexuality gay straight or bi ..is not a choice. You love who u love.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:19pm
  22. And this is supposed to be progress, why? Another country that needs to stop getting support from the UN or trading from any other country.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:21pm
  23. WTF?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:21pm
  24. Lol….

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:21pm
  25. Remind me never to go to brazil

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:22pm
  26. he is a motherfucker Im from Brazil and I hate this man as I hate devil

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:24pm
  27. Yes, yes. Really the way to promote the tourism dollars.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:24pm
  28. Disgusting

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:25pm
  29. I think he has a mental disorder! Get him some meds!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:26pm
  30. this makes me sick. that guy needs psych evaluation

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:27pm
  31. I guess I’ve been called worse things than a disorder:( watch out world we just might be called a majority next? :p

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:28pm
  32. Then if I’m ever in Brazil I’ll treat heterosexuality as a disorder. Karma is a bitch. Last week we were talking about therapies in psychology(I’m in college) and I got so pissed off when we got to shock therapy. I am absolutely against shock therapy. I know it treat severe depression, but I’m against shock therapy.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:29pm
  33. It was removed from the DSM decades ago!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:30pm
  34. That’s so 1973.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:31pm
  35. in south american country they mostly view homosexuality as wrong and in some they are treated really bad…. one day the world will see that We are not mental ill because we love the same sex and that we arent damned to hell

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:31pm
  36. bring it to the supreme court of brazil, they will strike it down and be declared unconstitutional! the supreme court of brazil has a track record of upholding human rights!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:34pm
  37. He’s a ‘closet case’! This will NEVER become legislation.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:36pm
  38. In m sorry? Human Rights committee?
    Really Brazil?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:36pm
  39. Hes is an idiot and i hope b the one who rip his head off.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:36pm
  40. yippeee its the early 70′s again this idiotic move sets the psych world back a few decades,, fkn morons

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:37pm
  41. So can we start treating STRAIGHT people as though they have a disorder too?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:38pm
  42. Ridiculous !!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:40pm
  43. how can they call themselves a congressional human rights group

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:43pm
  44. Dammit!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:43pm
  45. WTF!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:43pm
  46. stepping back (going backwards)

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:47pm
  47. Blinding STUPIDITY !!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:48pm
  48. Morons

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:50pm
  49. ARE PEOPLE REALLY THIS FREAKING IGNORANT.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:51pm
  50. How is it a disorder when it doesn’t cause people to engage in destructive/harmful behavior? What is Brazil’s legal definition of a “disorder”?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:52pm
  51. how flippin stupid is this man…..

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:54pm
  52. WRONG!!!!!!!! we are NOT sick,, they are !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:07pm
  53. yea cause they don’t have ANYTHNG else to worry about. meanwhile that whole country is going to hell in a hand-basket! shame!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:14pm
  54. Another reason to riot in Brazil

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:24pm
  55. Apparently they are, Jim, it’s a flipping shame it is.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:25pm
  56. I wish to high heaven that we could lock these bastards away for psych treatment

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:32pm
  57. It’s nice to know that brazil made it into the 20th century. Gonna take a lot of work to join us in the 21st century though.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:34pm
  58. Our great Pat Robertson had some influence on this issue…..I am sure…I read an article of this nature not too long ago….

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:35pm
  59. a christian that judges homosexuality is as seein hole in christ hand and not believeing. if you see 777 homosexuals thats 777 times you can see the hole in christ hand

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:37pm
  60. That doesn’t make any fucking sense. Brazil approved gay marriage.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:40pm
  61. Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:47pm
  62. come into the 21st Century, Brazil conservatives!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:49pm
  63. agreed

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:50pm
  64. WTH? Going backwards……

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:50pm
  65. human rights violators

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6:54pm
  66. how is loving someone a disorder? humans never cease to amaze with with their bounty of ignorance and stupidity, i am ashamed to be of the human race of this planet.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:00pm
  67. Brazil? Have you seen your population? WTF Boycott Brazil!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:01pm
  68. Idiots all!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:03pm
  69. Wow. I didn’t really expect this from Brazil. They’re relatively enlightened when it comes to homosexuality in South America… I mean, hell, it’s recently become legal to marry the same-sex there! It looks like the only reason he could get this past is because there was low attendance that day… shameful.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:04pm
  70. No, it’s legal to marry the same-sex in Brazil, which is why I’m surprised. I guess it’s a conservative backlash that they forced through committee because there was low attendance…

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:05pm
  71. weird country

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:10pm
  72. I JUST CANT! Im soAHHH

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:12pm
  73. Ok, let me refrase it then. Being the country that accounts for 44% of all LGBT people murdered worldwide, do you really think that this bill is isolated from the big picture of hate crimes in Brazil? Marriage equality itself is not a way to prevent homophobic discrimination. South Africa also has marriage equality, but it is not less homophonic than most African countries.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:16pm
  74. asshats!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:18pm
  75. Marriage equality itself is not a way to prevent homophobic discrimination. South Africa also has marriage equality, but it is not less homophonic than most African countries.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:19pm
  76. Appalling. Simply appalling.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:19pm
  77. In Brazil, NO WAY ! Right?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:21pm
  78. HAHA this is a riot! There goes their martigras trade – assholes!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:27pm
  79. Wow, way to go backward Brazil. *golf clap*.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:29pm
  80. OMG…Some people will do anything to make a buck. I think they need to authorize doctors to treat stupidity…..

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:50pm
  81. You need to read the DSM 3 if you have the reading skills to do so.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:51pm
  82. Used to be in the DSM. How far behind they are….

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:00pm
  83. seems like the satanic right is alive in brazil too

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:02pm
  84. IMBECILE!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:07pm
  85. You know, when I hear crap like this it reminds me of the old joke: If being Gay is a sickness, I guess I have the perfect excuse not to go to work tomorrow… can’t come in today…. still Gay! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:21pm
  86. How is this a human rights committee?

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:25pm
  87. One step forward…two steps back!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:32pm
  88. human rights committee agreed on this?????????WTF

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:36pm
  89. woooooooooooooow, disgusting!

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8:52pm
  90. Ummm…no. Brazil, you’re so stupid

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:57pm
  91. Another country on its way back to the 50s

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:20pm
  92. Bigoted pieces of Christian shit, for sure.

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:28pm
  93. Well that sucks :-(

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 10:51pm
  94. And they were doing so well….

    Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:24pm
  95. Huh?

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:12am
  96. Horrible.horrible

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:14am
  97. I agree 100%

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 12:33am
  98. yes

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:21am
  99. wth is wrong with them..

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:14am
  100. Homophobia is clearly a mental disorder. I mean clearly it is.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:19am
  101. Ignorance should be classified as a disorder. What are they in the 1950′s? I wish straight people would stop making decisions for us. They day any straight person can live in shame with me is when I will accept their stance. Until then, deal with my glittery gay ass. What jerk offs.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:22am
  102. What a Fd up country.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:18am
  103. then they are a bunch of small minded idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:29am
  104. I say….. we poke them with sticks until they become smart.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 7:49am