“Conversion therapies” for homosexuals: commission prepares ban

Homosexuality does not require therapy, according to Health Minister Spahn. He wants to ban therapies that seek to change people’s sexuality.

Do not need so-called "conversion": women at an LGBTQI parade in Miami Photo: ap

German Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to ban therapies of homosexuals with the aim of changing their sexuality. As his ministry announced in Berlin on Wednesday, he has appointed an expert commission to advise on the design of the ban. "Homosexuality is not a disease and does not require therapy," Spahn explained earlier in the taz interview. That is why he is in favor of a ban on so-called conversion therapy, he said.

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“Todos os mortos” at the berlinale: the ghosts of the past

The film "Todos os mortos" by Caetano Gotardo and Marco Dutra negotiates the legacy of Brazilian slavery with much symbolism (Competition).

Photo shows: Mawusi Tulani (left) and Agyei Augusto (right) Photo: Helène Louvart/Dezenove Som e Imagens.

When Josefina, the last servant of the Soares family, dies, Isabel and her grown-up daughters MarIa and Ana realize that their privileged life on the coffee plantation is finally a thing of the past. Long since the bankruptcy of the rural family estate, the three women live in the now prosperous city of Sao Paulo.

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Liam neeson talks about homicidal thoughts: racism of an audience favorite

The actor tells in an interview that he once had homicidal thoughts against black men. Brave confession or totally off the mark?

Did Liam Neeson want to speak out against racism, or promote his film? Photo: ap

Most celebrities pay close attention to what they say in interviews and how what they say might be understood. Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson has now chosen a different path. He has confessed to having once harbored racist violent fantasies in the past. Courageous confession? Or just out of line?

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Pothole column: vegan concerns everyone

Veganism is no more difficult for people with a migration history to understand than it is for others. Why aren’t they more involved?

"We live in an arguably segregated society" Photo: dpa

A few days ago, I went to a talk about "Extinction Rebellion." This movement was founded in the UK at the end of 2018 and aims to engage in protest and civil disobedience for a radically different climate policy, preferably worldwide. The people present seemed to be simultaneously carried by horror and by courage, which was inspiring. But something else struck me: Almost without exception, people with native German backgrounds were present. I had felt similarly at so many events on climate change, veganism, and animal rights demos; I saw almost only bright faces.

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Seehofer wants to ban left-wing association: horst helps red help

Since it became known that German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is calling for a ban on "Red Help," the association has experienced a wave of support.

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) shows his teeth Photo: dpa

Some call it left-wing extremist and anti-constitutional, others praise it as indispensable. The association "Rote Hilfe" describes itself as a "non-partisan, cross-currents left-wing protection and solidarity organization".

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