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How Is Barcelona Handling Conversion Therapy Chop Shops? With Federal Investigations

Authorities in Spain’s Catalonia province are launching an investigation into a “gay cure” clinic in Barcelona because, according to the region’s health department, “We do not consider homosexuality as an illness, far from it.” If the investigation finds conversion therapies are indeed being practiced at the clinic, officials could levy fines against it.

This is different from the United States, because in our nation’s capital, the mayor is handing out certificates of appreciation to these organizations, while elsewhere national hotel chains are making bank from these groups.

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By:           Arthur Dunlop
On:           Jun 15, 2010
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  • 12 Comments
    • Mike L.
      Mike L.

      Yay Barcelona!

      Jun 15, 2010 at 10:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RyanTheHulk
      RyanTheHulk

      I knew there was a reason I’m majoring in Spanish.
      ¡Te amo, España!

      Jun 15, 2010 at 10:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RyanTheHulk
      RyanTheHulk

      I knew there was a reason I’m majoring in Spanish.
      ¡Te amo, Barcelona!

      Jun 15, 2010 at 10:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS
      PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

      Anyone else wanna pack their bags, charter a flight and move outta what has become one of the most backward countries in the world????

      Jun 15, 2010 at 10:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wannabegay2
      wannabegay2

      barcelona is, after all, the gay capital of europe!

      Jun 15, 2010 at 10:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mdthom
      mdthom

      I love Barcelona, my partner and I are going for our second visit this October for our honeymoon.

      Spain is far more advanced in gay related issues than we are in the US.

      Jun 15, 2010 at 11:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jesse Helms
      Jesse Helms

      @PLAYS WILDLY WITH OTHERS: Best man on man action I have ever had in my life was in a phone booth in Barcelona!
      ¡Viva España!

      Oh, the museums are great too………

      Jun 15, 2010 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wade MacMorrighan
      Wade MacMorrighan

      Jesse Helms, what’s the Spanish for: “Do you have a condom?”

      Jun 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mike
      mike

      Please note, the investigation is being done by the Catalan government, not the national Spanish government. So I don’t know why the article title says “Federal”. And Catalan nationalists would probably be less than thrilled with the Spanish majors and the ¡Viva España! types.

      Jun 15, 2010 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gilber
      gilber

      i lived in valencia but i’m now in the usa,you don’t make money in europe,it’s a shame but that’s the way things are there.

      Jun 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff K.
      Jeff K.

      1. You’re gonna piss off a lot of people by calling Catalonia a “province” :P

      2. Spain is technically not a federation, so there is no federal government. They have a system of “autonomous communities” instead. I know, it’s splitting hairs.

      3. Ryan: it’s pronounced “T’estimo, Barcelona!” ;)

      Jun 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeffree
      jeffree

      We need to import some of these Barcelona politicians to take charge of the anti-reparative therapy movement here in the US!

      @mike: Right on! Like you said, many/ most of the people in Barcelona speak Catalàn (maybe I thpelled that wrong?) which is rightly recognized by the EU as an official language.

      Jun 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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