Albanian psychologists ban so-called conversion therapy

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Gay rights organizations say the country’s governing body of psychologists has banned the so-called conversion therapy, which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expressions. A statement on Saturday said Albania is the sixth European country to apply such a ban, following Spain, Switzerland, Malta, Britain and Germany. Albania passed an anti-discrimination law in 2010 granting legal rights to gays but stopping short of allowing same-sex marriage. There is still widespread anti-gay sentiment in the country, though there have been no attacks on pride parades.