The Madrid Observatory against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia is preparing a complaint to be presented to the regional government against illegal and clandestine courses to cure homosexuality revealed on Tuesday by eldiario.es. The body will ask the Community to "apply the LGTB law of the Community of Madrid," as they have published on social networks.
"It is a shame that these practices continue to be carried out in the 21st century," says Iago Blando, spokesperson for Arcópoli, to this newspaper. This association coordinates the Madrid Observatory against LGTBfobia. "Our technical team is drafting the complaint," says Blando.
The journalist Ángel Villascusa has infiltrated these illegal and clandestine therapies that seek to 'cure' homosexuality. These practices, carried out by the bishopric of Alcalá de Henares, are prohibited according to the Madrid law.
Blando says that when the law against LGTBfobia was drafted in Madrid, they put special emphasis on banning this type of pseudotherapies. "It's just this kind of case that we had in mind," he says. The spokesman of the Madrid association explains that, although they had not received specific complaints, "we had always heard rumors." The most specific case that came to them was the case of Elena Lorenzo, a coach that offered "solutions" for homosexuality and that in 2016 it was denounced by the collective.
We will take this information from @The Daily immediately before the Regional Government to apply the LGTB law of the Community of Madrid and sanctioned. The therapies that try to correct homosexuality are illegal in our region. Thank you @angelvillascusa to publish it pic.twitter.com/lDn9LufW0Y
– ObsMadLGTB (@ObsMadLGTB) April 1, 2019
In these courses, given by a supposed therapist who is not collegiate and protected by the bishopric of José Atonio Reig Pla, known for his homophobic statements, homosexuality is cataloged as "a wound that can be healed". Likewise, attendees are urged to stop using pornography and masturbate less.
In the complaint -in the first or in the subsequent expansion-, Blando remarks, all the rumors and information about this type of practices that have been collected during these years will be included.