The Maltese Parliament passed a law on 5 December that threatens fines and prison sentences on counsellors or psychiatrists who try to help people fighting same-sex attraction. Malta, which is due to take over the rotating EU Council Presidency on 1 January is seeking to prove its “European credentials” by introducing this draconian law inspired by gender ideology.
The new Maltese law introduces a series of non-sensical and mutually-contradictory “definitions” into the country’s legal code. It defines ‘gender expression’ as “each person’s manifestation of their gender identity, and/or the one that is perceived by others”. This is a classic example of circular logic, which is not logical at all. So, while trying to deny the basic biological fact that human beings are either male or female, Maltese lawmakers claim that if everybody around you thinks you look like a man, then you have a male gender expression. But if gender is merely a social construct, then the terms man and male are meaningless anyway.
With the same Monty Python logic, the Maltese law goes on to define ‘gender identity’ as “each person’s internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, including the personal sense of the body (which may involve, if freely chosen, modification of bodily appearance and, or functions by medical, surgical or other means) and other expressions of gender, including name, dress, speech and mannerisms.” So, while on the one hand the law claims that a ‘sex’ is assigned at birth (by whom or what, one wonders, if there is no such thing as objective reality), while on the other hand, it seems to say that there is no such thing as sex.
The purpose of this absurd law is to “prohibit conversion practices as a deceptive and harmful act or interventions against a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression.” This illiberal measure poses as progress but in fact seeks to prevent people from freely taking decisions about their own mental health. If ‘gender identity’ is something freely chosen, then surely the person concerned has a right to change their mind. If a practicing homosexual decides that these practices are dangerous and unhealthy (which numerous studies show to be the case) and seeks help to change their ways, surely they are entitled to speak to a counsellor or doctor about their condition.
Most Orwellian of all, the Maltese law seeks define ‘mental disorder’ in a way that excludes behaviour that is clearly related to a disordered mind and psychological state, thereby putting vulnerable persons with mental health issues at risk in the name of a bizarre ideology. According to the law, mental disorder means “a significant mental or behavioural dysfunction, exhibited by signs and, or symptoms indicating a distortion of mental functioning, including disturbances in one or more of the areas of thought, mood, volition, perception, cognition, orientation or memory which are present to such a degree as to be considered pathological in accordance with internationally accepted medical and diagnostic standards, with the exclusion of any form of pathologisation of sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression as may be classified under the International Classification of Diseases.”
This is where gender ideology is most harmful, as it seeks to convince people that they are what they think they are. So if a man, with full male sexual attributes, thinks he is a woman, then according to this ideological Maltese law, this man simply is a woman and it will henceforth be a crime to claim that he (she?) has a mental disorder in relation to self-perception. For the time being, it will still be legal in Malta for such a man to seek psychological counselling if he perceives himself to be a horse or a chair.