A clinic in Barcelona is being probed by officials over its claims that its treatments can “cure” homosexuality.

The city’s Tibidabo clinic is reported to be dispensing pills and offering psychiatric treatment to “turn” gays and lesbians straight.

Its practices are now being investigated by officials. “We do not consider homosexuality as an illness, far from it,” a spokeswoman for the regional government, who confirmed the investigation, told Agence France-Presse.

Local LGBT activists have slammed the clinic’s claims. There is no reputable evidence to suggest that a person’s sexuality can be changed through treatment.

Barcelona is a popular gay tourist destination and Spain is one of most progressive European nations when it comes to LGBT rights, having legalised same-sex marriage in 2005.

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